On February 21, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation welcomed Governor Chris Sununu as the 30th member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC). Governor Sununu joins a group of bipartisan governors from across the country who are dedicated to protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping.
The next day, on February 22, Governor Sununu signed S. 12 into law, which eliminates the requirement that citizens of New Hampshire must possess a concealed carry license to carry a concealed firearm, bringing it in-line with the neighboring states of Maine and Vermont.
Founded in 2009 by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the GSC facilitates communication and information exchange among the 30 participating offices in support of policies that promote professional fish and wildlife management.
Over 247,000 sportsmen and women in New Hampshire support more than 4,500 jobs across the state and contribute $270 million to the state’s economy. In 2015 alone, sportsmen and women in the Granite State generated $17.35 million for conservation programs through the “user-pays, public-benefits” structure known as the American System of Conservation Funding, celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year.
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?