What Committees or Caucuses have you been affiliated with in office that support the sportsmen’s community and fish and wildlife conservation?
Militia, Policy & Public Safety, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chairman of National Resources Committee
What is your top policy priority for the sportsmen and women in your state?
To engage more people in the sport of hunting and fishing, especially youth and women.
What is your most memorable outdoor (hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, or trapping) experience?
Any of the hunts with my children, or when I’ve helped someone get their first deer or turkey.
What is your favorite fish or game to pursue?
If I had to choose (don’t make me), I would say spring gobblers.
What hunting, fishing, shooting, trapping or other related organizations are you a member of?
National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association, Quality Deer Management Association.
What do you consider the biggest obstacle to recruiting new participants to hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping?
Competition for time. Whether it is sports, academics, social media, or something else, finding the time to be a field seems to me to be the greatest hurdle.
Have you received any awards or acknowledgements for your work on behalf of sportsmen and women?
Wildlife Society of Virginia Conservationist of the Year, NWTF Wildlife Conservationist of the Year, Progressive Farmer Magazine, Farm Pond Manager of the Year, Halifax County Sportsmen’s Club Wildlife Conservationist of the Year. Attended the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation.
Do you have other insights or thoughts that you would like to share about your state’s rich outdoor heritage?
Virginia is fast becoming known as a state rich in wildlife and fishing opportunity! From the Eastern Shore to the mountains of southwest Virginia, Virginia is fast becoming known as the “State for Sportsman Lovers.”
Your opinion counts
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?Vote Here
- Increase the number of states with discounted license tailored to specific groups. (3.90%)
- Increase access to public lands. (26.46%)
- Provide more information for new participants. (3.76%)
- Provide hands on opportunities to improve skills and knowledge. (14.48%)
- Engage youth through hunter and conservation programs in schools. (43.31%)
- I feel we have enough sportsmen and women and do not believe R3 programs are necessary. (8.08%)