What Committees or Caucuses have you been affiliated with in office that support the sportsmen’s community and fish and wildlife conservation?
Chairman of Environment Committee
Agriculture, Natural and Economic Resources Appropriations
What is your top policy priority for the sportsmen and women in your state?
North Carolina’s saltwater fish stocks are rapidly declining as evidenced by the steady drop in commercial landings. These stocks need to be stabilized as has been done in other southern states.
What is your most memorable outdoor (hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, or trapping) experience?
I still remember my first deer with a bow after two years of trying, a little four point buck. The big buck with a bow came 22 years later. I caught a 52 pound King Mackerel and won “King Fisherman” at the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. This year I caught a limit of 15 big speckled trout on topwater one morning!
What is your favorite fish or game to pursue?
I love to bow hunt for deer and saltwater fish. I also enjoy rabbit and duck hunting.
What hunting, fishing, shooting, trapping or other related organizations are you a member of?
NRA, North American Hunting Club, Quality Deer Management Association, Ducks Unlimited, Coastal Conservation Association.
What do you consider the biggest obstacle to recruiting new participants to hunting, angling,recreational shooting and trapping?
Opportunities to try them.
Have you received any awards or acknowledgements for your work on behalf of sportsmen and women?
I received “Conservationist Legislator of the Year” at the Governor’s Conservation Awards
banquet for my work on deer and fish issues.
Do you have other insights or thoughts that you would like to share about your state’s rich outdoor heritage?
North Carolina has a wide variety of beautiful outdoors. From the mountains to the oceans, we have it all. There is world class mountain trout fishing, deer hunting, and duck hunting. There is great offshore fishing and I hope that we can restore the inshore fishery.
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%)