April 17, 2014

Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Reception Celebrating Successful Legislative Session

On April 9, Tennessee sportsmen-legislators gathered at the War Memorial Building in Nashville to enjoy a reception hosted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation and Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus member Representative Ron Lollar.  As the session winds down in the state, the reception offered a time for legislators, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation staff, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency staff, and sportsmen’s groups to enjoy a night of camaraderie and reflect on legislative successes. The informal event, with a strong number of legislators in attendance, saw over 100 total guests attend.

The Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is chaired by Senator Mike Bell who authored legislation this past year to ban aircraft drones from harassing hunters as well as additional legislation eliminating the last remaining restrictions on knives by repealing the state’s antiquated ban on automatic knives and possession of knives over four inches in length.  Rep. Ron Lollar also passed key legislation that urged the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to permit the state of Tennessee to count permanent senior citizens hunting and fishing license holders for purpose of qualifying for certain federal funding contained within the American System of Conservation Funding.  

For more information on the Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, please contact CSF Southeastern States Manager Bee Frederick at bee@sportsmenslink.org.

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?

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