June 5, 2014

New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Shoot-out

On May 23, nearly 20 members of the New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus gathered with members of the sportsmen’s community and staff from the New Hampshire Fish and Game department to enjoy a day at the shooting range and wind down from a successful legislative session.

In 2014, the New Hampshire Caucus advanced bills related to: college student hunting and angling licenses, the American System of Conservation Funding, the enforcement authority of Fish and Game officers, and off-road vehicles, among others, while favorably amending an anti-trapping bill and defeating a ban on deer baiting.

Commenting on the event, Caucus Co-Chair Representative Jeff Goley said, “The New Hampshire Fish and Game Owl Brook Hunter Education facility is a top notch facility that allows individuals the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to be in the outdoors. The Fish and Game Department hosted the Caucus to a morning of activities that included the use of their indoor archery range, shooting .22 caliber rifles at the outdoor shooting range followed by lunch and a brief presentation about the facility.”

Rep. Linda Tanner and Rep. Jeff Goley shooting .22 cal rifles at Owl Brook Hunter Education facility.

The New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is a bipartisan and bicameral caucus of New Hampshire legislators united to protect and advance the sportsmen’s traditions in the Granite State. New Hampshire’s 247,000 sportsmen and women contribute over $270 million to the state’s economy each year and support over 4,500 jobs.

For more information on the New Hampshire Caucus please contact Brent Miller at brent@sportsmenslink.org.

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?

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