On July 12, the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council, a program of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), held their Mid-Year Meeting in Navajo Dam, New Mexico. The meeting focused on NASC programmatic changes and progress for 2017, sportsmen-related state and federal issues, the upcoming annual NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit, and how the program can continue to grow in its role of protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping in the state legislatures across the country.
The Executive Council of NASC is a group of state sportsmen-legislators from across the country who are committed to the mission and goals of NASC and help to provide direction for the program. Elected by their legislator-colleagues to serve two-year terms as the leadership of NASC, Executive Council members assist CSF with policy development, sportsmen’s community engagement, program administration and media outreach within the states.
At this year’s meeting, the Executive Council elected former NASC Vice President Senator Bill Heath (GA) as the new President. Sen. Heath commented, “I am humbled by the overwhelming support of my esteemed colleagues on the EC. Without question, the NASC program has done more to protect and advance our time-honored sporting traditions than any other organization in recent years. I am eager to carry on this strong legacy to ensure that future generations of sportsmen and women can enjoy our sporting traditions, which are not just a passion for me, but are in fact a way of life.”
After Sen. Heath was elected President, he appointed Representative Brian White (SC) as Vice-President, and Representative Jeff Goley (NH) as Secretary.
This year’s meeting was generously supported by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe, Premier Distributing Company, and Safari Club International (Southern New Mexico Chapter).
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?