Last week, the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted its 8th Annual Dinner in Jackson, Mississippi. The annual event brings together sportsmen-legislators, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) staff members and various stakeholders in the Mississippi conservation community for a fish fry and a night of camaraderie in the state’s capital. CSF Southeastern States Manager Bee Frederick was in attendance to promote the work of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.
The special guest speaker for the evening was Mossy Oak’s Ronnie ‘Cuz’ Strickland who entertained the crowd of roughly 80 people with details of his storied career in the outdoor media world. He concluded his remarks by thanking the legislators for protecting Mississippi’s hunting heritage in the halls of government.
Among others in attendance were: Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus House Co-Chairs Representatives Scott Bounds and Bryant Clark; Senate Co-Chairs Senators Angela Hill and Russell Jolly; NASC Executive Council member Representative Herb Frierson; Speaker of House Representative Philip Gunn; and various other members of the sportsmen’s conservation community.
The Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is the largest legislative caucus in the Mississippi State House and is a strong voice for sportsmen and women. The Caucus continually works alongside the MDWFP to protect and advance hunting and angling. A special thanks goes to MDWFP for preparing the excellent food and the over 20 corporate and private sponsors who made the event possible.
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?