On April 27 and 28, members of the Kansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus gathered with representatives from the state’s conservation community; staff from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism; and allied industry partners to participate in the 11th annual Larry Magill Sportsman Challenge.
A Kansas legislative tradition, this annual event celebrates the Sunflower State’s strong sporting heritage, beginning with a day of fishing on Milford Lake. Day two included a round of sporting clays at Ravenwood Lodge. While the event provided an opportunity for legislators to enjoy our outdoor traditions and a break from the hectic session schedule, it also provided a forum for discussion about hunting, angling and other conservation issues from across the state.
Through the American System of Conservation Funding, Kansas hunters and anglers contributed roughly $45 million to conservation efforts in the state in 2015. These funds benefit all Kansas citizens by conserving fish and wildlife, and maintaining access to the state’s abundant natural resources.
For more information on the conservation accomplishments of Kansas hunters and anglers, click here.
This year’s Sportsman Challenge was sponsored by Anheuser-Busch; ARJ Infusion; Ash Grove Cement Company; Bottenberg and Associates; Capitol Advantage, LLC; Devine, Donely & Murray, LLC; Ducks Unlimited Government Affairs; Hein Governmental Consulting; Hodgdon Powder Company; Kansas Association for Responsible Liquor Laws; Kansas Association of Insurance Agents; Kansas Auto Dealers Association; Kansas Bar Association; Kansas Electric Cooperatives; Kansas Livestock Association; Kansas Medical Society; Kansas Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association; Kreidler Consulting Group; Mays Group LLC, NextEra Energy Resources LLC; National Rifle Association; Pat Hubbell Associates; PMCA Gas; Ravenwood Lodge; Sunflower Health Plan; Westar Energy; and Whitney B. Damron, P.A.
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- Increase the number of states with discounted license tailored to specific groups. (5.50%)
- Increase access to public lands. (25.17%)
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- Engage youth through hunter and conservation programs in schools. (43.01%)
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