May 8, 2014

Kansas Hosts 8th Annual Larry Magill Sportsmen’s Challenge

On April 28-29, the Kansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted the 8th Annual Larry Magill Sportsmen’s Challenge. The first day consisted of a multi-species fishing tournament on Milford Lake. Even with the high wind and wet boat rides, the participants managed to catch a variety of fish, including walleye, wipers (hybrids between white bass and striped bass) and several large blue catfish. The sporting clays shoot on April 29 was met with rain, high winds and falling temperatures. Even so, the turnout was excellent as the event continues to grow each year.

Speaker of the House and Kansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair Representative Ray Merrick organized this traditional event which occurs each year just prior to the veto session. With good turnout from both the legislators and representatives from the sportsmen’s community, it is a great opportunity to socialize and build relationships with like-minded sportsmen and women in Kansas.

The Kansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus was formed in March 2008 and was the 35th state to join the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucus, which celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year.

For more information, contact CSF’s Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at

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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