October 5, 2017

Kansas: Caucus Hosts Reception to Discuss In-State Sportsmen’s Issues

On October 4, the Kansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a reception in advance of their annual fall pheasant hunt, which was held at Ravenwood Lodge outside Topeka, Kansas. The reception’s goal was to assist the Caucus in continuing their mission of advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping in Kansas.

Caucus Co-Chairs Representative Ken Corbet and Senator Rick Billinger spoke at the reception, thanking the event’s sponsors and emphasizing the importance of sportsmen and women to Kansas.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said during the reception, “Over the years, I’ve been able to spend plenty of time afield across our great state. When I see the remarkably healthy habitats and incredible numbers of game and non-game species sportsmen and women have worked hard to conserve in Kansas, it’s no surprise that our state is a destination for hunters and anglers from across the country.”

Caucus members; conservation group representatives; staff from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism; and allied industry partners will gather in November to participate in the hunt and discuss issues of importance to sportsmen and women in the state.

The “12-gauge” (highest tier) sponsors for this event were: Federal Premium Ammunition; Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever; and Ravenwood Lodge. The “16-gauge” (middle tier) sponsors were: Ducks Unlimited; Hodgdon Powder Company; The Kansas Chamber; and Sunflower Health Plan. The “20-gauge” (third tier) sponsors included: Ash Grove Cement; Capitol Strategies; Century Link; Capitol Advantage LLC; Enhanced Capitol; the Kansas Contractors Association; the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents; Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.; the Kansas Livestock Association; the National Rifle Association; National Wild Turkey Federation; Strathman Sales; TriStar Arms; and Whitney B. Damron P.A.

Please contact Joel Hodgdon at joel@sportsmenslink.org or 202-253-6883 if you would like to participate in the hunt on November 14.

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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