During challenging times, Americans traditionally look to the outdoors for relief and diversion. For 30 years, the work of CSF has been to ensure that American hunters and anglers, sport shooters and trappers, the traditional guardians of our public lands and wildlife, continue to have the best available opportunities to enjoy our lands. CSF remains committed to advancing and protecting the rights and privileges of the American sportsman.
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A key component of the American System of Conservation Funding, the Pittman- Robertson Act directs excise taxes on firearms, ammo, and archery equipment to wildlife conservation. Since its inception in 1937 the Act has generated more than $12 billion towards conservation. However, there has been a loss of 5 million hunters in the past decade. One proposed solution to help fund conservation is to dedicate lottery proceeds for conservation purposes. Would you support this effort in your state?

By: Kent Keene

On Capitol Hill
CSF Helps Motor Critical Fisheries Conservation Bill through Congress
On Wednesday, July 1, both the U.S. House and Senate moved to reauthorize a critical fisheries conservation program known as the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (SFRBTF), which redirects roughly $650 million annually in excise taxes...  Read More > >

Building off of the Senate's recent passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) led the effort to secure House passage of the bipartisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act (H.R. 3742) as part of... Read the full press release > >
In the States
Maryland: $13.5 Million in Grants Awarded Through the Waterway Improvement Fund
Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States and States Program Administrator
On July 2, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that it would be awarding funds for 43 projects to "enhance and improve public boating access facilities..
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Missouri: Department Accepting Comments for New Nighttime Hunting Regulations Proposed for Feral Swine and Coyotes
Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States Coordinator
On July 1, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) began accepting public comments related to proposed regulatory changes regarding the use of artificial lights or the use of..
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Pennsylvania: GSC Member Governor Wolf Signs Hunting Technology Bill
Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States and States Program Administrator
On July 1, Governor Tom Wolf, a Member of the bipartisan Governors Sportsmen's Caucus, signed HB 1188 into law. The Governor's approval of the bill, which was supported by many... 
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CSF News
CSF is Now Seeking Session Proposals for National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) Summit 2020
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation is seeking session ideas and participation from partners to help develop the conference agenda for this year's NASC Summit. Read More > >

CSF Inter-mountain Western States Coordinator Talks #ResponsibleRecreation on Up North Journal Podcast
Our Inter-mountain Western States Coordinator Ellary TuckerWilliams was featured on the Up North Journal video podcast to discuss  #ResponsibleRecreation on Sunday, July 5. TuckerWilliams discussed a range of topics regarding #ResponsibleRecreation including COVID-19 and access issues; an increase in fishing and hunting license purchases and what that means for recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) ; the importance of leading by example as the outdoor sporting community ; what #ResponsibleRecreation means and why it's key to maintaining access to our public lands and outdoor activities ; and how to get involved with the #ResponsibleRecreation movement. You can listen to the podcast on the  Up North Journal Facebook page.

CSF's Inter-mountain Western States 
Coordinator Ellary TuckerWilliams 
with a striped bass in 2019. 

CSF Western States Coordinator Featured on Bent n Ballistic Podcast, Talks AB 3030 in California, 30x30 Nationally, and #ResponsibleRecreation
On July 1, the Bent n Ballistic podcast released an episode "30x30 Demystified" featuring the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation's (CSF) Western States Coordinator Aoibheann Cline. Cline discussed the 30x30 bill in California that has raised red flags throughout the sportsmen's community. The bill, AB 3030 could lead to more hunting and fishing closures in the state, by seeking to "protect" 30% of the state's lands and waters by 2030. The bill raises concerns because of its broad sweeping language and failure to define "protect" or identify the 30% of areas to be protected. Cline also discussed how AB 3030 and the #ResponsibleRecreation campaign have led to positive and comprehensive uniting of the sportsmen's community in California and beyond. CSF expects to see 30x30 as a national movement and Cline discusses how the sportsmen's community could support the initiative with better drafted language and recognition of hunting and fishing as compatible conservation activities. The Bent n Ballistic episode also features Wayne Kowtow of Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA Cal) who discusses AB 3030's impact to on the coastal fishing community in California. To learn more about AB 3030, read Cline's article here, and listen to the podcast  here.

Wonders of Wildlife Introduce Conservation Education Gaming Technology
Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum has developed an initiative to bring conservation-educational gaming technology to families at home. "Mission Conservation" is a free mobile gaming platform that revolutionizes the way kids learn about nature. This is an interactive game with prizes! Each Monday will begin a new mission. Check out what today's mission is by downloading the  Agents of Discovery  app, and get your kids started on their exploring!
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