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Leslie Garrett
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Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Urges Governors to Support Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Opportunities Amidst COVID-19
April 2, 2020 (WASHINGTON. D.C.)  - Yesterday, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) sent letters to all 50 Governors, 27 of whom are members of the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC),  encouraging Governors to retain opportunities, where possible, for people to responsibly enjoy the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Recognizing the positive physical and mental attributes associated with activities such as hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting, CSF is committed to ensuring these opportunities remain intact to allow people to better cope with the significant restrictions impacting their daily lives while also abiding by the safe distancing guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Included in the letter, CSF provided the following suggestions: keeping  turkey season open as scheduled; continuing to allow access to state wildlife management areas and other public lands; temporarily waiving fishing license requirements; withholding trout stocking announcements to prevent crowds from congregating at popular fishing locations; considering fishing tackle retailers and manufacturers as essential businesses; and, allowing shooting ranges to remain open while implementing social distancing practices.

Along with the physical and mental benefits provided by outdoor recreation, sportsmen and women are also the primary contributors to the conservation of our land and waters through the  American System of Conservation Funding  and it is critical for them to be able to continue hunting, angling, and enjoying other outdoor pursuits for the sustainability of our nation's treasured natural resources. 

CSF is committed to taking responsible action to ensure that hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities remain available to our nation's constituency during these stressful times and encouraging all outdoor enthusiasts to practice responsible recreation. 


Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen's organization in the political arena. CSF's mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America's hunters and anglers.



Working with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting,
angling, recreational shooting and trapping.


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