On March 1, the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted its annual Sportsmen’s Caucus Reception in Augusta, ME. More than two dozen Maine legislators attended the event joining with partners from across the sportsmen’s community to discuss the importance of hunting and angling to Maine’s heritage, economy, and for the conservation of critical fish and wildlife habitat throughout the state.
The Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus was formed in 2013 and currently consists of 50 bipartisan members from both the House and Senate. Co-Chaired by Senator Thomas Saviello, and Representatives Martin Grohman and Steve Wood, the Caucus provides a strong voice for Maine’s 413,000 sportsmen and women who spend more than $609 million to engage in their pursuits. This spending supports more than 10,000 jobs and generates more than $71 million in state and local taxes – enough to pay for the average salaries of more than 2,200 firefighters.
CSF would like to thank L.L. Bean; Norman, Hanson, & DeTroy, LLC; and Reynolds American, Inc. for their continued support of the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and for their sponsorship of this year’s Caucus Reception.
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?