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Stewards of the conservation legacy 

By Brett Hensley

On Capitol Hill
On March 20, leaders of the recreational fishing and boating community submitted a letter to the Department of Commerce urging approval of Amendment 29...  Read More > >

Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Encourages State Public Land to Remain Open
Last week, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) sent a letter to the more than 2,000 state legislators who are members of...  

Department of the Interior Announces Disbursement of $1 billion of Sportsmen-Generated Funds
On March 19, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced the disbursement of $1 billion in funding that is generated on the backs of sportsmen...   Read More > >

Federal Lands Roundtable Comments on Tonto National Forest Management
Contact: Andy Treharne, Senior Director, Federal Policy
Late last week, members of the Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Sports Roundtable (Roundtable) submitted formal comments on the Tonto National Forest's...   Read More > >
Senate Introduces Innovative Bill to Modernize Public Access
Recently, the Modernizing Access to Our Public Land Act, a bill to modernize public recreational access information, was introduced in the Senate...  Read More > >

Sportfishing Community Criticizes Maryland's Approach to Striped Bass Management
Recreational fishing and boating groups call for fair treatment in restrictions to end overfishing
*Previously published by American Sportfishing Association
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and other organizations representing Maryland's angling and boating community wrote Maryland's Secretary of Natural Resources... Read More > >
In the States
Arkansas's Answer to Social Distancing - Free Fishing Licenses
Contact: Chris Horton, Fisheries Policy and Midwestern States Senior Director
While some states are closing state-owned wildlife management areas and boat ramps due to COVID-19 concerns, others are promoting hunting and fishing as a way to practice social distancing... 

Iowa: Bill to Extend Hunting and Fishing License Resident Status for Members of the Armed Forces Passes Both Chambers
Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States Coordinator
On March 5, the Iowa House of Representatives voted to pass Senate File 280 (SF 280). This bill would expand resident status for hunting and fishing licenses to include... 

Iowa: Range Protection Bill Continues to Progress through Legislature
Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States Coordinator
On March 9, the Iowa Senate Committee on Judiciary passed House File 2502 (HF 2502), making it eligible for further consideration in the full Senate...  Read More > >

Maine: Fishing License Requirement Waived for Inland Waters
Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior Coordinator
On March 20, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus member Governor Janet Mills and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) Commissioner Judy Camuso suspended the recreational fishing license requirement...  Read More > >

Michigan: Pheasant Stamp Would Fund Release Program and Habitat for Wild Birds
Contact: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager
On March 17, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Member Representative Gary Howell introduced House Bill 4313. This bill would require anyone 16 years-of-age or older...  Read More > >

Northeast: No Better Time to Buy Your Licenses
Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior Coordinator
Amidst our nation's current battle with COVID-19, a number of sportsmen and women find themselves working from home and setting social distancing limits...  Read More > >

Pennsylvania: Highest Deer Harvest in 15 Years
Contact: Brent Miller, Northeastern States Senior Director and States Program Administrator
On March 19, a  report distributed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission highlighted the State's annual deer harvest results, but what was announced was astounding. 

Southeast: 2020 Legislative Updates
Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Assistant Director 
Many state legislatures in the Southeast were in session during the first couple months of the year while other state legislatures were just getting started when COVID-19 caused many legislatures...  Read More > >

Utah: State Constitutional Amendment to the Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife Moves Out of Legislature and onto the Ballot 
Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States Coordinator
On March 11, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus member Governor Gary Herbert signed House Joint Resolution 15 (HJR 15), a proposal to enshrine the right to hunt, fish, and... Read More > >
CSF News
2 020 Annual NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit - Registration Now Open
Online registration is now open for the 17th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) Sportsman-Legislator Summit.  This Summit is the most important event of the year for caucus members and partners. Read More > >

CSF Southeastern States Assistant Director, John Culclasure featured in 
Project Upland Magazine Podcast
John Culclasure talks southeastern grouse hunting, habitat in the grouse woods, bird dogs, and policy he's working on at CSF in Project Upland's podcast.  Read More > >
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