February 3, 2020

Maryland: Caucus Hosts Organizational Meeting to Discuss Events and Policy Priorities for the Year Ahead

Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States and States Program Administrator

On January 27, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Senior Director of Northeastern States met with leaders and members of the bipartisan and bicameral Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus at an organizational meeting in Annapolis, MD. The Caucus is Co-Chaired by Delegate Ned Carey and Senator Jack Bailey, and the Vice-Chairs are Senator Katie Fry Hester, and Delegate Wendell Beitzel, who is also a member of the Executive Council of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses. 

The meeting began with the Caucus leaders presenting an updated draft of the Caucus bylaws, mission statement, and membership form for discussion and review. Members will vote on whether to adopt the amended versions at their next business meeting in a few weeks’ time. The Caucus also discussed several event-related items, including both potential in-state events as well as national offerings by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation including the 17th Annual NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit, and the upcoming Winter Reception of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC). 

The Caucus also discussed a number of current and emerging sportsmen-related issues that they see on the horizon in the Old Line State, many of which will be championed by Caucus members, including Sunday hunting, youth engagement in hunting and fishing, firearms transport while hunting, and more. 

CSF will continue to stay engaged on these and other policy issues in Maryland in support of the work of the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. To remain up-to-speed on policy issues in Maryland, please sign up for CSF’s “Tracking the Capitols,” a free service that allows you to search for and track legislation on specific issues, and in the states, you care most about.

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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