By Bee Frederick, Southeastern States Director
On March, 8 the South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted an informational meeting at the Statehouse in Columbia. Chaired by Representative Russell Ott and Vice-Chaired by Representative Alan Clemmons, the Caucus gathered together to discuss current legislation and ways to work together to further sportsmen’s priorities.
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Southeastern States Director Bee Frederick presented on the form and function of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) program. Additionally, NASC Executive Council Vice President Representative Brian White addressed the group to elaborate on the benefits of the NASC network and the Annual Sportsman-Legislator Summit.
Finally, former NASC Executive Council President Representative Mike Pitts added background on the history of the South Carolina Caucus and the NASC network, and how the states work together to protect and advance sporting traditions. The balance of the meeting focused on open discussion of pending sportsmen’s-legislation that is currently being considered in the South Carolina Legislature.
Established in 2005, the South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is one of only five officially recognized caucuses in South Carolina and is also the largest Caucus in the state.
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?