October 20, 2016


Your Trusted Source for Federal and State Policy Updates and News Concerning Our Sportsmen's Heritage

Conservation Groups Encourage Investment in Fish, Wildlife and Public Land Infrastructure
On October 18, CSF and a contingent of hunting and fishing conservation groups urged both major party presidential transition teams to consider infrastructure investments that would significantly strengthen the outdoor economy and increase access to public lands. In letters to Clinton Transition Team Chairman Secretary Ken Salazar and Trump Transition Team Chairman Governor Chris Christie, the groups highlighted the importance of the outdoor economy and noted their support for infrastructure investments with the potential to leave a lasting legacy of restored fish and wildlife, accessible public lands, and outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans..

Series of recommendations for next Administration and Congress urge improvements to public access that create jobs and enhance conservation
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), along with the nation's leading fishing conservation organizations and trade associations, released a landmark series of recommendations for the incoming Administration and the new Congress that strive to balance improving access to public waters, creating economic growth, and enhancing the conservation of marine fish stocks. The guidance for federal policy makers in A Vision for Marine Fisheries Management in the 21st Century: Priorities for a New Administration calls for an end to antiquated federal policies that have inhibited a vital source of economic growth and a proud American tradition...


New Jersey: Will Scientific Management or Emotion Rule the Day?
Recently, several anti-sportsmen and anti-scientific management legislative proposals have advanced in the New Jersey Legislature. The bills and resolutions focus on two main areas that have been at the center of public controversy in the Garden State for decades; bear hunting and trapping...

West Virginia: Sunday Hunting on the Ballot in Nine Counties
On November 8, voters in nine West Virginia counties will decide whether to allow Sunday hunting on private property. Sunday hunting is legal on a county-by-county basis in West Virginia on private lands only with written permission of the landowner...

Wisconsin: Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Hosts 2nd Annual "Cast & Blast" Event
On October 20, members of the Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus gathered with Wisconsin's sportsmen's community for a day of fishing and shooting at the Caucus's 2 nd annual Cast and Blast event, hosted at the Milford Hills Hunt Club in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Mark Miller, Senator Terry Moulton, Representative Joel Kleefisch, and Representative Nick Milroy attended the event. Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch also attended...


CSF Partners with Richard Childress for Wine, Wheels & Wildlife
On October 12, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and Richard Childress of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) hosted the 12 th Annual "Wine, Wheels & Wildlife" regional event in Lexington, North Carolina. This event brought together representatives from the hunting and fishing conservation community and NASCAR to discuss upcoming sportsmen's priorities across the country while enjoying wine from Childress Vineyards...

National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Renews Annual Support with CSF
On October 25 - 28, the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) will host its Annual Expo in Kansas City, Missouri. This event gathers professionals from the shooting sports industry and provides an exhibit of the latest products from the top firearm and hunting equipment manufacturers from across the country. During the Expo, NASGW will recognize its annual contribution to the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), which will be used to support CSF's overall mission...

CSF Attends Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Conference
On October 16-19, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) Southeastern States Director Bee Frederick attended the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.  Joining state agency personnel, academics, and NGO stakeholders from across the region, CSF staff participated in various sessions, including state restrictions of hunting and fishing opportunities by non-residents, access to public waters, chronic wasting disease, feral swine management, angler and hunter participation insights, and many others.  The annual conference provides a forum for information and idea exchange regarding the management and conservation of fish and wildlife resources through focused discussion of scientific research and various relevant issues and trends.  CSF staff works closely with fish and wildlife agencies across the country to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping...

CSF is currently accepting applications for an Event Manager who will work in the Washington, DC office. Reporting to the Senior Director of Events and Donor Relations, the Event Manager will coordinate and manage several events throughout the year. The ideal candidate will have experience planning events, and be willing to work in a fast-paced, team environment.  This is a mid-level, full-time salaried position with upward mobility potential. 

CSF is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 Brad Rowse Fellow Internship Program. Brad Rowse Fellows at the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) will have the opportunity to learn the importance of the policy process related to hunting, angling, recreational shooting, trapping, and other conservation issues impacting sportsmen and women. This is a paid internship with a stipend of up to $1000 a month, and academic credit is strongly supported.

CSF to Host Feral Hog Management Discussion and Hunt in Georgia
On November 2 - 4, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) will host a Feral Hog Management Discussion and Hunt in Milledgeville, Georgia. Classified as a nuisance species in Georgia and not native to the Americas, feral hogs cause significant damage to our natural resources, and State and Federal agencies have struggled with cost-effective management techniques that impede the spread and/or aid in the removal of these animals.  Following a forum discussion on research that shows various management approaches as well as the growing negative impacts feral hogs can have, participants will receive special night vision training from some of America's Elite Naval Special Forces, after which, they will have the option to participate in a nighttime feral hog hunt with suppressor firearms.  If you would like more information on participation, please contact Jennifer Mecchella at jennifer@sportsmenslink.org or call (321) 759-7523.

Registration is now open for the 13th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) Sportsman-Legislator Summit. The Summit provides an opportunity for caucus members and partners to collaborate and devise year-long strategies to advance sportsmen's interests in state legislatures. This year, discussion topics include: lead ammunition bans, strategies for promoting the value of hunting and angling to the public, and key fisheries issues, among others. In addition, attendees will discuss the wide range of challenges currently facing America's sportsmen and women, along with the strategies necessary to overcome those challenges to protect and advance America's outdoor heritage, traditions, and sportsmen-generated conservation dollars in the years to come.
This year's Summit will take place on November 29 - December 3 in Biloxi, Mississippi. For more information, or if you would like to register, please contact Jennifer Mecchella at jennifer@sportsmenslink.org or (321) 759-7523.
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For more information on the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation go to www.SportsmensLink.org or contact Sara Leonard at 202.543.6850 x 11 or email sara@sportsmenslink.org.


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