On February 22, members of the Nebraska Legislative Sportsmen’s Forum gathered with the state’s sportsmen’s community for the group’s annual breakfast in the Capitol. Forum Chairman Senator Curt Friesen spoke to the crowd about the importance of their efforts to advance the rights of all Nebraskans to hunt, fish, recreationally shoot, and trap.
“I can’t overemphasize the value of Nebraska’s sportsmen and women to our state’s economy and conservation,” said Chairman Friesen. “Our Forum will continue to work hard to represent our hunter and angler constituents here in Lincoln.
Nebraska’s 290,000 sportsmen and women annually spend over $780 million, which supports more than 12,000 jobs in the state. Hunters and anglers provide the vast majority of conservation funding for Nebraska. In 2017, sportsmen and women contributed close to $35 million towards conserving the Cornhusker State’s natural resources.
The breakfast was hosted by the Nebraska Sportsmen’s Foundation. Event sponsors included: Big Game Conservation Association, Cabela’s, Ducks Unlimited, Nebraska Trout Unlimited, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, and Pheasants Forever.
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?