On Wednesday, May 22, the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted their inaugural reception at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta, Maine. Legislators gathered to discuss the way the Caucus will function and learn about the overall impact Maine sportsmen and women have on the economy. Leadership of the newly formed Maine Caucus was in attendance, including Senators Troy Jackson and Tom Saviello, and Representatives Mike Shaw and Steve Wood.
This reception was made possible by the generous support of Reynolds American Inc. The National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) is affiliated with 42 states with a membership base of over 2,000 state legislators. For more information on the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus contact Brent Miller at Brent@sportsmenslink.org.
The Maine Caucus has an identified mission of: preserving and promoting the traditional rights of Maine’s citizens to hunt, fish, and pursue outdoor activities; ensuring that Maine’s sportsmen and women have reasonable access to public lands to enjoy outdoor pursuits; protecting the investment of sportsmen and women in wildlife and fisheries management by safeguarding the integrity of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Safety trust funds and license revenue; supporting efforts to enhance multiple use habitat management for wildlife and fisheries; recognizing the importance of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities to our nation’s economy; and supporting the maintenance and growth of outdoor related industries and activities.
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?