By Brent Miller, Northeastern States Senior Director
On March 6, the bipartisan and bicameral New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol in the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The event served as an opportunity to showcase the benefits that hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping provide to the Empire State.
The day was designed to allow legislators and their staff to have an interactive experience with various aspects of our sporting traditions, and to discuss policy priorities with attendees. Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Senior Director of Northeastern States Brent Miller presented information on the conservation benefits that sportsmen and women provide through the American System of Conservation Funding. Other key policy topics discussed at the event included expanding crossbow allowances and lowering the hunting age for big game with a firearm to 12 years of age.
Event sponsors included American Suppressor Association; National Wild Turkey Federation; Reynolds American, inc.; and Yamaha Motor Corporation.
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?