By Bee Frederick, Southeastern States Director
On February 28, the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted the 10th Annual Sportsmen’s Caucus/Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fish Fry in Jackson. The event was the largest to date with over 100 attendees, including nearly 60 legislators, state agency staff, conservation partners, and other in-state stakeholders, who gathered to celebrate Mississippi’s sportsmen’s heritage and discuss current policies impacting hunting and angling in the Magnolia State. Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Southeastern States Director Bee Frederick was also in attendance.
Caucus Chairman and National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council Member Representative Scott Bounds discussed the importance of the Caucus and the NASC network. “The Sportsmen’s Caucus in Mississippi is committed to working with the [Department] and other stakeholders to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping here in Mississippi. We have a tremendous responsibility to provide important information through the Caucus to help safeguard our natural resources for future generations. Being a part of the NASC network has only strengthened our ability to represent the interests of sportsmen and women.”
Catch-A-Dream Foundation representatives also discussed their work on behalf of sportsmen and women.
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?