October 6, 2016


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

On October 5, thirty-four of the nation's leading hunting, angling and conservation organizations sent a letter to Senate and House Energy bill (S. 2012) conferees in strong support of including important provisions from the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act (S. 405) and Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (H.R. 2406) in final conferenced energy legislation.  The 47 bipartisan conferees from the Senate and House include 34 members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC)...

Sportsmen's Groups Call for State Management of Wolves
On September 29, twenty-nine sportsmen's conservation organizations submitted a letter to the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations advocating for a number of management directives related to wolf populations in the United States. The letter also expressed support for the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to delist the Rocky Mountain and Great Lakes wolf populations and for Congressional action directing FWS to reinstate these delisting decisions in Wyoming and the Great Lake States...


Maryland: Hunting Summit Provides Forum for Sportsmen's Policy Initiatives
On September 25, the Maryland Hunting Coalition hosted the 2 nd Annual Hunting Summit in Annapolis, Maryland.  The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation's (CSF) Mid-Atlantic States Coordinator Alana Barricks joined representatives from nearly 20 different sportsmen's organizations to present their organizational goals for the 2017 legislative session...

Midwest: Private Land Access Programs Provide Opportunity for Sportsmen
With fall hunting seasons finally under way, many Midwestern sportsmen and women looking for places to hunt can utilize state programs that provide public access to private lands . These programs help supplement existing public hunting grounds for local hunters, while also allowing private landowners to maintain control over their property...

On August 25, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) published a Notice of Intent to the public in preparation for a Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed expansion of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The proposed expansion would transfer 301,057 acres of public land to the Department of Defense, in addition to the existing 2.9 million acres of land under the jurisdiction of the U .S . Air Force currently used for training purposes in the NTTR...

In 2015 alone, Pennsylvania's sportsmen and women generated over $99 million in conservation funding through the "user-pays, public-benefits" program known as the American System of Conservation Funding. These funds are essential for both the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as they carry out their work to protect and enhance Pennsylvania's fish and wildlife populations. However, last week, three bills passed out of committee that, if passed, will both positively and negatively impact conservation funding in Pennsylvania... 

Texas: CSF Recognizes Impact of Sportsmen and Women in the Lone Star State
On September 29, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) hosted the 4th annual "Texas Bass, Bucks & Boots" regional event in Houston. During the reception and dinner, the sportsmen's community, including CSF staff and partners, discussed upcoming policy priorities at the federal and state level within Texas and the Midwest region...


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.
In celebration of its 150 th Anniversary, Winchester, one of the oldest partners of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), has donated one of five collectible firearms to be auctioned off from now until the October 12 at the Wine, Wheels & Wildlife regional event. This Model 70 .30-06 bolt-action rifle was built in 1937, and features historic ammunition cartridges, a nostalgic display case, and the Winchester 150 th Anniversary medallion.
Now through October 12, visit CSF's featured Winchester Model 70 webpage to learn more or to place a bid on this firearm.

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.
Should hunters be allowed to hunt with airguns and airbows if they are taxed like firearms, archery and other hunting and fishing equipment through the American System of Conservation Funding? 


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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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