Contact: Bee Frederick, Southeastern States Director
On June 7, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), in conjunction with the South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, hosted the 3rd Annual South Carolina Sporting Clays Classic at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield.
The event brought together elected officials, state agency leaders, members of the sportsmen’s community, as well as various in-state supporters of sportsmen’s policies and conservation efforts to further CSF’s mission of protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.
The South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, formed in 2006, and is led by Chairmen Representatives Brian White and Roger Kirby, and Senators Stephen Goldfinch and Thomas McElveen. The Caucus, with over 100 members, continually plays an integral role in the Statehouse on policies impacting sportsmen and women. This past legislative session the Caucus worked to enact new turkey hunting regulations and promoted expanding apprentice hunting opportunities. Additionally, the Caucus has previously worked to reauthorize the state’s Conservation Bank in perpetuity, constitutionally protect the right to hunt and fish, as well as many other issues.
“It was great to gather in South Carolina today with sportsmen and women to discuss our common mission of conservation advocacy efforts across the country. This event showcased just how passionate sportsmen and women are to ensuring future generations can enjoy hunting, fishing, and all of God’s creation. Thank you to all who work so hard on these issues and who made this event possible,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Representative Jeff Duncan.
“The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is proud to be a partner of the National Wild Turkey Federation, which has been a strong supporter of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses since the beginning,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “We would also like to thank the South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus for their dedication to the 847,000 hunters and anglers across the state.”
“The NWTF and the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation have a shared interest in protecting and advancing the outdoor pursuits,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We are proud to host, and also sponsor the event, helping them further their efforts in our nation’s capital, around the country, and right here in South Carolina.”
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?