Rep. Gene Chandler, Co-Chair of the bipartisan, bicameral New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, was recently awarded the Ellis R. Hatch, Jr. Commission Award of Excellence by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission. The award is presented annually to “an individual, group, organization, club, foundation or agency that has excelled in efforts to promote, enhance or benefit fish, wildlife or marine resources or the Department’s mission through any variety of involvement.”
Elected in 1982, Rep. Chandler is currently serving his 17th term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He has held multiple leadership positions throughout his legislative career, including former Majority Leader and Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Rep. Chandler joined the New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2009, currently serves as a Caucus Co-Chair, and has been a strong advocate for the interests of sportsmen and women in the Granite State.
The New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus was formed in 2009, becoming the 37th state to join the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC). Under the leadership of Rep. Chandler and his colleagues, the Caucus has doubled in size and has become one of the most active NASC caucuses in the northeast.
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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?