By John Culclasure, Central Appalachian States Manager
On May 30, the Ohio Sportsmen’s Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus (Caucus) hosted a sporting clays shoot and barbecue supper at the Cardinal Shooting Center outside of Columbus, Ohio.
The event provided an opportunity for Caucus members, representatives from national and in-state sportsmen’s groups, the Ohio Wildlife Council, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), and the ODNR Division of Wildlife to enjoy an afternoon of camaraderie in celebration of Ohio’s strong sporting heritage.
Caucus Co-Chair Senator Joe Uecker said, “Despite the foreboding weather, the turnout at the Caucus shoot was a great testament to the dedication of Ohio’s sportsmen and women. As a leader of the Caucus, I look forward to hosting more events that bring together Ohio’s sportsmen’s community.”
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Central Appalachian States Manager John Culclasure helped organize the event and presented information about the economic importance and conservation funding contributions of sportsmen and women to the Buckeye State.
Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever was the Title Sponsor for the event. Other event sponsors included the American Kennel Club, Anheuser-Busch, Ducks Unlimited, Knife Rights, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Wildlife Federation, Ohio Conservation Federation, and Ohio State Trappers Association. Representatives from the Buckeye Firearms Association were also in attendance.
Left: Caucus member Rep. Scott Wiggam, Caucus Co-Chair Senator Joe Uecker, Ohio Wildlife Council Member Jim Samuel, and CSF Central Appalachian State Manager John Culclasure.
Left: NWTF District Biologist Lee Crocker, NWTF R3 Coordinator Johanna Dart, and Caucus member President Pro Tempore Senator Bob Peterson.
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?