On October 15, HB 500, sponsored by New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus member Representative John Burt, passed out of the New Hampshire House of Representative’s Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee with a vote of 7 – 5. During the executive session, numerous Caucus members spoke in favor of the bill, which, if enacted, would legalize hunting with suppressors in the Granite State. Thirty-seven other states across the nation currently allow hunters to take advantage of this innovative technology while afield – offering sportsmen and women a practical method of hearing protection while maintaining situational awareness.
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?