Representing Missouri’s 26th District, Senator Dave Schatz was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2014 after previously serving two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives. In 2011, Senator Schatz expressed his commitment to protecting and promoting Missouri’s sporting heritage by joining the Missouri Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. He currently serves as Caucus Co-Chair and regularly works with other caucus members to champion pro-sportsmen’s legislation.
While serving in the Missouri House of Representatives, Senator Schatz cosponsored HJR 55, a bill to provide for a constitutional amendment for the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife in the Missouri’s constitution. Though hunting and fishing have long been a part of America’s heritage, anti-hunting organizations have recently questioned the inherent right to pursue and harvest wild game. In order to establish in perpetuity what has been assumed for centuries, many states have taken to constitutional amendments that guarantee its residents the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife
In 2015, Senator Schatz introduced SB 1026, a bill that proposed creating a lifetime concealed carry permit for Missouri residents, further expanding the rights of sportsmen and women in the state. In addition to his legislative duties, Senator Schatz is a Life Endowment Member of the NRA and has started and operated several businesses in his community.
The Show Me State is home to more than 1.2 million hunters and anglers who contribute up to $1.67 billion annually and support almost 29,000 jobs, proving the vital economic role that the state’s sportsmen and women play in Missouri.
Senator Dave Schatz salmon fishing.
Senator Dave Schatz turkey hunting.
Senator Dave Schatz catching trout!
Your opinion counts
Sportsmen and women have been on the receiving end of increased attention from the non-hunting public, criticizing the traditional “grip and grin” photos on various social media platforms. As a sportsman or sportswoman, what strategies have you utilized to address this negative feedback?Vote Here
- I don’t post “grip and grin” photos for that reason (40.00%)
- My social media is private to avoid unwanted comments (20.00%)
- I engage the individual in the comment section or in direct messages (0.00%)
- I post more “grip and grin” photos to prove a point (0.00%)
- When posting hunting or fishing photos I tell a narrative that focuses on aspects of hunting that the general public widely supports, such as the procurement of meat for family and friends (10.00%)
- I don’t engage those individuals (30.00%)