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May 29, 2013


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Helping Shape the Future of Saltwater Recreational Fishing: CSF Testifies Before Congress

On May 21, Chris Horton, Midwestern States Director for the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), testified before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA).
The hearing focused on...

CSF Participates in Senate Democratic Roundtable Meeting with Sportsmen & other Conservation Advocates
Senate Democrats, led by Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus member, Senator Mark Begich, Chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, hosted a meeting on May 15 with a dozen sportsmen and conservation groups. The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) participated in the discussion, which focused on...

Hearing Held on Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act

On Thursday, May 9, the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1825, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act. This legislation, which passed the House during the 112th Congress as a part of H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012, would...

Senate Agriculture Committee reports Bipartisan Farm Bill

On May 14, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee successfully reported a five-year Farm Bill out of committee to the Senate floor. The bipartisan effort, led by Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) member and Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Debbie Stabenow, passed with...

Hearing Held on Impediments to Public Recreation on Public Lands

On Tuesday, May 7, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing on "Impediments to Public Recreation on Public Lands."
Panelists told members of the Natural Resources Subcommittee that current laws impose costly analysis, limitations on group size and substantial permitting requirements that are crippling their businesses and threatening their ability to provide recreational services to the public. Some of the concerns centered on... 

Team Republican Wins "Top Gun" Title at the 19th Annual Congressional Shoot-Out

Two weeks ago, the Republican team of marksmen outdueled their Democratic counterparts at the Congressional Shoot-Out held at the Prince George's County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, Maryland. A record bipartisan turnout of Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) members put partisanship aside to enjoy a friendly competition shooting rounds of trap, skeet and sporting clays. 



Arizona: Sportsmen's Caucus Holds Cast & Blast

On May 8, Arizona Legislators for Wildlife, a member of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), participated in a "Cast & Blast" event organized by the Arizona Game & Fish Department, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and a host of other supporters from the sportsmen's and conservation communities. Held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, the event provided legislators from throughout the state with the opportunity to...


California: Assembly Passes Lead Ban

Two weeks ago, the California Assembly voted to pass A 711, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, which would expand the state's existing prohibition on hunting with lead ammunition in the California condor range to the entire state. If passed by the Senate and signed by California Governor Jerry Brown, A 711 would..


Maine: Caucus Holds Inaugural Reception

On Wednesday, May 22, the Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus hosted their inaugural reception at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta, Maine. Legislators gathered to discuss the way the Caucus will function and learn about the overall impact Maine sportsmen and women have on the economy. Leadership of the newly formed Maine Caucus was in attendance, including...

Maryland: Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation 12th Annual Banquet

On Wednesday, May 15, the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation (MLSF) - the Advisory Council that works alongside the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus - hosted their 12th Annual Banquet and Auction at the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, MD. The Annual Banquet drew together leaders of Maryland's conservation community, including...


New York: CSF Testifies on Crossbows

On Wednesday, May 22, CSF's Northeastern States Manager, Brent Miller, testified at a legislative forum on several pieces of legislation which will grant the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation the authority to regulate crossbows. Recent successes in states that have adopted crossbows throughout all deer seasons confirm that...

Pennsylvania: Governor Corbett Signs Families Afield Bill

On Wednesday, May 15, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law S. 623 which expands Pennsylvania's Apprentice Hunting program to include all prospective hunters, regardless of age. The measure was sponsored by Senator Jake Corman, and was co-sponsored by...



Please join the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever on June 5 for a breakfast briefing to discuss the 2013 Farm Bill. For additional details about the event, contact PJ Carleton at or (202) 543-6850 ex: 22.  


CSF Partners with Central Florida Shootout

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) is pleased to partner with the Central Florida Shootout, held from June 21 to 23 in Port Canaveral, Florida. The Shootout includes over 1,500 participants and encourages children to get involved with fishing by providing them with over 100 fishing rods and reels.

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