On February 8, the bipartisan and bicameral New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus held its first event of the year – their Annual Caucus Luncheon. The event was held in Concord, New Hampshire, and brought together over 40 legislators, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and key partners from supportive organizations.
The event was opened by Caucus Co-Chair and National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council Secretary, Representative Jeff Goley, who discussed the caucus structure, welcomed new members, and discussed policy issues of importance. Other speakers at the event included: Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department; Fred Bird, Regional Director of New England for the National Wild Turkey Federation; and, James Morse, President of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation. Additionally, Brent Miller, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Senior Director of Northeast States, discussed the NASC network, and the upcoming NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit, scheduled to take place later in the year in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire,. Various policy discussions ranged from anti-hunting efforts and lake access issues, to authorizing air guns for hunting.
“I was excited to see the strong support for our hunting and fishing traditions that this event elicited,” said Rep. Goley. “All of us here in New Hampshire are extremely proud to have been selected to host our colleagues from across the nation at the upcoming Annual NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit, and are looking forward to showcasing our many hunting and fishing opportunities.”
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?