- Last week, the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced the opening of an application period for the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council, a Federal Advisory Committee dedicated to supporting and advancing our nation’s time-honored traditions of hunting, recreational shooting, and other forms of outdoor recreation.
Why it matters: The Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council is a unique opportunity for leaders in the outdoor sporting-conservation community to provide recommendations and advice directly to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on issues that are most important to sportsmen and women.
On February 17, the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced the opening of a nomination period to fill membership on the previously noticed Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council.
The announcement by the Biden-Harris Administration regarding the formation of the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council marks the fourth consecutive Presidential Administration that has developed a Federal Advisory Committee to advance wildlife conservation and hunting, recreational shooting, and outdoor recreation access opportunities. The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) applauds the Administration for moving quickly to seek applications to this critically important Federal Advisory Committee.
Notably, representatives from CSF have served on every iteration of the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council. Most recently, CSF President and CEO Jeff Crane served as the Chair of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council for the totality of the Council’s existence. Under Crane’s leadership, the Council provided over 30 recommendations to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on a diverse array of issues ranging from wild game nutrition, access to federal lands and waters, wildlife disease, recreational shooting range construction, among other important issues to sportsmen and women.
Individuals interested in applying to the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council should follow directions contained in the Federal Register.
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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. (6.01%)
- Increase access to public lands. (24.79%)
- Provide more information for new participants. (4.05%)
- Provide hands on opportunities to improve skills and knowledge. (13.16%)
- Engage youth through hunter and conservation programs in schools. (42.82%)
- I feel we have enough sportsmen and women and do not believe R3 programs are necessary. (9.17%)