Contact: John Culclasure, Central Appalachian States Manager
On April 27, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) participated in the 5th Annual Old Dominion One Shot Turkey Hunt.
A partnership between the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia, the One Shot raises funds to support Virginia’s hunting heritage through land acquisitions and youth engagement via the Virginia Wildlife Grant Program. The grant program provides funding to schools, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to support initiatives that connect youth to the outdoors. In 2018, the Grant Program funded 34 projects to support hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) programs in the Commonwealth.
CSF contributed as a sponsor of the One Shot, and CSF Marketing and Communications Assistant Taylor Bissonette represented CSF at the Hunter/Guide Dinner on Friday as well as the Hunting Heritage Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday. Bissonette also participated in the turkey hunt Saturday morning.
“This was our most successful One Shot to date. We received tremendous support from partners across the Commonwealth, and it’s great seeing so many folks supporting Virginia’s outdoor heritage,” said Jenny West, Executive Director of the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia.
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- Increase the number of states with discounted license tailored to specific groups. (3.58%)
- Increase access to public lands. (25.26%)
- Provide more information for new participants. (3.24%)
- Provide hands on opportunities to improve skills and knowledge. (14.85%)
- Engage youth through hunter and conservation programs in schools. (44.88%)
- I feel we have enough sportsmen and women and do not believe R3 programs are necessary. (8.19%)