Senator Gary Cammack was first elected in 2012 to serve the 29th District in the South Dakota State House of Representatives. In 2014, he was elected to the South Dakota State Senate. In 2015, he joined the South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus as Caucus Co-Chair to promote a pro-sportsmen’s legislation at the State Capitol in Pierre.
As a current ranch owner, Senator Cammack understands the role that sportsmen and women play in wildlife management and conservation issues. His knowledge of South Dakota’s rich outdoor sporting heritage and his passion for the outdoors provides him with the insight to be a strong voice for the sportsmen’s community in the state legislature.
In 2014, Senator Cammack co-sponsored HB 1185, a bill which expanded waterfowl hunting opportunities for nonresidents. The nonresident waterfowl license allows for up to ten consecutive days of migratory waterfowl hunting, and $4 from the sale of each license is allocated to the state’s land acquisition and development fund. The newly created nonresident waterfowl license has the potential to increase and encourage hunter recruitment, retention and participation rates.
As Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Cammack recognizes the important role that the state’s sportsmen and women play in driving the state’s economy. South Dakota’s 430,000 hunters and anglers annually contribute more than $1.04 billion to the state’s economy and support over 14,750 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%)