On October 4, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) staff members attended the Ducks Unlimited (DU) Partnerships in Conservation Reception and Dinner in Lexington, Kentucky in continuance of the strong alliance between CSF and DU.
Hosted by the DU Board of Directors, the event highlighted the important partnership between DU, the Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
DU President Rogers Hoyt, and CEO Dale Hall, and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Greg Johnson spoke about the importance of working collaboratively to protect sporting traditions and how working partnerships successfully advance wetlands habitat conservation for the benefit of wildlife and sportsmen and women in Kentucky and throughout the country.
“Public policy is critical for DU to achieve its mission, so working with the state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the fish and wildlife agencies is an essential part of our business,” said Hoyt. “Here in Kentucky, and in many states, DU is partnering with the caucuses and agencies to develop and implement policies important to waterfowl, wetlands and our members.”
Kentucky Caucus Co-Chair Senator Robin Webb also spoke at the event. She thanked DU for their continued support of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) and reinforced the importance of state legislative sportsmen’s caucus members working in concert with DU, state fish and wildlife agencies, and other conservation partners on natural resources management issues.
“As a state legislator, I understand first-hand the value of working closely with hunting conservation organizations like Ducks Unlimited. Together with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, these partnerships have been invaluable to the Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus as we work to protect our outdoor heritage,” said Sen. Webb.
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?