SCI Represented at Sportsman-Legislator Summit

NASC Summit
NASC Summit

Left to Right, Jeff Patchen, Eddie Grasser, CSF President Jeff Crane, Chip Burkhalter

In late October, Eddie Grasser, Chip Burkhalter, and Jeff Patchen attended the 12th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses’ (NASC) Sportsman-Legislator Summit. Legislators from 30 state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses and nearly 200 attendees joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and representatives from the hunting and fishing community in Manchester, Vermont to reflect on current issues related to hunting, angling, and fish and wildlife conservation.

This years Summit was themed, “Taking Action: Advancing a Conservation Agenda.” Informative policy sessions included: Lead Ammunition Bans; Rebranding Hunting and Angling to the Public: Wildlife Councils for Public Education; Habitat Management on Public Lands; Anti-Hunters’ New Focus; Chronic Wasting Disease; Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation; Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendments; Challenges for America’s Anglers; Wildlife Trapping Issues; and many more.

During the Summit, Chip Burkhalter and Jeff Patchen presented on ivory and trophy importation bans imposed by states. Chip and Jeff focused on the devastating impact that such ill-conceived legislation will have on local, rural economies in Africa and the fact such legislation will not save a single animal species.

This Summit is the most important time of the year for sportsmen and legislators to learn about and share policy challenges and successes from states across the country. Working together offers the best opportunity to meet those challenges and expand on and replicate the successes. The sportsmen and women represented at the meeting are the ones who keep the great outdoors and its natural resources healthy and thriving.

The 37.4 million sportsmen and women in the United States spend $90 billion a year on sporting activities. America’s hunters and anglers provide a significant portion of the funding for wildlife management, habitat conservation, and recreational access. Sportsmen and women agreed decades ago to pay federal excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, fishing rods and tackle, archery equipment, and motorboat fuel to fund wildlife and fisheries restoration. These taxes, along with license and other fees paid by sportsmen and women, account for the majority of state fish and wildlife agency budgets. Although these funds directly support hunting and angling, they also provide invaluable benefits to millions of other Americans who recreate outdoors, visit public lands, and watch wildlife.

Safari Club International is proud to be the Title Sponsor for this year’s Summit and looks forward to continuing to work with CSF and NASC.

 

 

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