On June 28, the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council held their annual Mid-Year Meeting in Tupelo, Mississippi. NASC Executive Council Member and Mississippi State Rep. Scott Bounds said, “”I was proud to host my colleagues on the NASC Executive Council in Tupelo, Mississippi for our Annual Mid-Year Meeting. There aren’t many places better suited to gather and discuss issues impacting sportsmen and women than the Magnolia State, where outdoor recreation is so culturally and economically important
Facilitated by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), the Mid-Year Meeting is the annual summer gathering of the NASC Executive Council where issues and trends impacting the sporting conservation community are discussed and programmatic planning for the NASC network takes place. The meeting covered a range of topics, including planning for the 2022 NASC Annual Sportsman-Legislator Summit in Bozeman, Montana, state and federal policy updates, CSF’s Summer Webinar Series, efforts to recruit non-traditional hunters, apex predator management, threats to the Open Fields Doctrine, and more. To balance out the business side of things with a little bit of fun, the NASC EC Members and CSF staff were able to enjoy the beauty of Mississippi’s Pickwick Lake while fishing for bass and hand-grabbing for catfish.
The NASC Executive Council is a group of state sportsmen-legislators from across the country who are committed to the mission and goals of NASC and serve as an advisory entity for CSF’s administration of the program. Elected by their legislator-colleagues to serve two-year terms as the leadership of the NASC network, Executive Council members engage in regular dialogue with CSF regarding policy development, engagement with the sportsmen and women’s community, program administration, and media outreach within states, regionally, and nationally.
CSF greatly appreciates the dedication of the Executive Council to ensure the NASC network remains the vibrant and effective entity it has become, now being comprised of individual bipartisan state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses with a total membership of more than 2,000 state legislators. With the support of the Executive Council CSF looks forward to further strengthening the NASC program in the years ahead, while simultaneously enhancing the products and services that are available to all NASC-affiliated caucuses and their members.
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?