First elected to the Indiana House of Representative in 2006, Representative Eberhart currently serves the state’s 57th District. In the current legislative session, he serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee, Public Policy Committee, and as the Chair of the Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Eberhart joined the Indiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2010 to showcase his support for the state’s over 860,000 hunters and anglers, and currently serves as a Caucus Co-Chair.
Since joining the Caucus, Rep. Eberhart has promoted and championed pro-sportmen legislation in the House. Most recently, he, alongside fellow Caucus members, sponsored SJR 2 – Right to Hunt and Fish Resolution. The Resolution provides Indianans (Hoosiers) the constitutional right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife as a valued part of Indiana's heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good. It also ensures that the people have the right to use traditional methods, to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife. The Resolution, since passing both chambers of the legislature in 2015, will now be placed on the November 8, 2016 ballot to be decided on by Indiana voters. If ratified in November, Indiana would become the 20th state in the nation to have an amendment in their state constitution guaranteeing the right to hunt and fish is protected for future generations.
“Hoosiers have enjoyed the freedom to hunt, fish and harvest since the first settlers arrived,” said Rep. Eberhart. “Having this in our state constitution simply adds a layer of protection to those liberties and protects the people of our state against any future infringement.”
As Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Eberhart understands the important role that Indiana’s sportsmen and women play as conservation leaders and economic drivers for the state. Annually, Hoosier State hunters and anglers spend $924 million, supporting more than 14,000 jobs.
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. (5.16%)
- Increase access to public lands. (24.79%)
- Provide more information for new participants. (4.06%)
- Provide hands on opportunities to improve skills and knowledge. (13.20%)
- Engage youth through hunter and conservation programs in schools. (42.98%)
- I feel we have enough sportsmen and women and do not believe R3 programs are necessary. (9.81%)