Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Assistant Director
Why it Matters: Governor McMaster’s membership in the GSC expands the network of pro-sportsmen elected officials in South Carolina, including members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and the South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, who are committed to protecting hunting and angling traditions in the Palmetto State.
Governor McMaster has a strong track record supporting South Carolina’s sportsmen and women, including signing the apprentice hunting license expansion legislation into law last year and issuing National Hunting and Fishing Day proclamations in 2021 and 2020.
Founded in 2009 by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), the GSC complements the work of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and is currently led by Co-Chairs Governor John Bel Edwards (LA) and Governor Kristi Noem (SD). Recently, members of the GSC met virtually to learn more about state and federal policy priorities for hunters and anglers and also to discuss how to more effectively coordinate with CSF and the larger sportsmen’s community.
CSF is pleased is welcome Governor McMaster to the GSC and looks forward to working with the Governor to support South Carolina’s 847,000 sportsmen and women who contribute more than $2.3 billion to the state’s economy each year and generated more than $32.09 million for conservation through the “user pays – public benefits” American System of Conservation Funding last year alone.
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?