On February 15, the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted their 9th Annual Sportsmen’s Caucus Fish Fry in Jackson, MS. The annual event brings together sportsman-legislators, state agency staff, and outdoor industry leaders to celebrate Mississippi’s sportsmen’s heritage and discuss current policies impacting hunting and angling in the Magnolia State.
Attendees enjoyed an evening of comradery complete with local fried catfish prepared by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks cook team and a short program by Jimmy Primos of Primos Hunting as well as remarks from Speaker of the House Representative Philip Gunn.
Caucus Chairman and Newly elected National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council Member Representative Scott Bounds noted the strength and the role of the Sportsmen’s Caucus in Mississippi. “Our Caucus is committed to protecting the resources and safeguarding the sporting traditions of Mississippi to ensure future generations will be able to continue to enjoy Mississippi’s great outdoors. Working together with the Department and stakeholders, we are utilizing the Caucus to educate legislators on these issues and affect positive change here in Mississippi.”
The Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus boasts over 100 members and was recently the host-state caucus for the 2016 NASC Summit. The presenting sponsor of the Fish Fry was Wildlife Mississippi. The event was also sponsored by a host of in-state groups.
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?