Working with  
State Legislators

State Sportsman-Legislators Discuss Upcoming Priorities at Annual Summit

November 21, 2014 (Washington, DC) - This week, legislators from 23 state legislative sportsmen's caucuses around the country gathered in Sunriver, Oregon to reflect on this year's successes and discuss upcoming sportsmen-related issues.


The 11th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) Sportsman-Legislator Summit was themed, "Yesterday's Achievements, Tomorrow's Aspirations." The four day Summit included a variety of sessions on issues including: the recreational angling benefits to the National Fish Hatchery System, trapping policy challenges and successes, pros and cons to crossbow usage, national hunter recruitment and retention strategies, impacts of lead ammunition bans, technology and the fair chase ethic, marine fisheries issues including the  Magnuson-Stevens Act and red snapper management, animal rights groups and their threats to state wildlife management, and the 'right to hunt and fish' constitutional amendments.


"The agenda covers some of the most important issues facing the sportsmen's community today. This Summit, as the largest gathering of sportsman-legislators annually, provides a forum for legislators and other members of the sportsmen's community from all over the United States. They have the opportunity to share policy challenges and successes from their home states and work together on strategies to ensure the voice of the sportsman is represented in each state," said CSF President Jeff Crane.


Senator Robin Webb (KY) was re-elected as NASC Executive President for 2015. "Now with sportsmen's caucuses in 44 states, hunters, anglers, recreational shooters and trappers are represented throughout the country, making the future bright for sportsmen's policy interests," said Sen. Webb.


The 2015 NASC Executive Council was also announced during the Summit: President Sen. Robin Webb (KY), Delegate Wendell Beitzel (MD), Rep. Sal Esquivel (OR), Rep. Herb Frierson (MS), Rep. Jeff Goley (NH), Sen. Mike Green (MI), Sen. Bill Heath (GA), Rep. Craig Miner (CT), Rep. Mark Neuman (AK), and Rep. Brandon Phelps (IL). Alternate members include: Rep. Linda Black (MO) and Rep. Bill Rehm (NM).


The 11th Annual NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit was made possible by the generous support of CSF's partners and the Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus. Title Sponsors included: ATK, Daimler, Inc., National Rifle Association, and Safari Club International. Host Sponsors included: Bass Pro Shops, Bayer Corporation, Cabela's Outdoor Fund, Dallas Safari Club, Remington, Richard Childress Racing, and Time Warner Cable. Co-Host Sponsors included: American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Knife & Tool Institute, American Suppressor Association, Ducks Unlimited, ExxonMobil Corporation, Knife Rights, Inc., National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Trappers Association, Inc., North American Crossbow Federation, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Pac/West Communications, Shimano American Corporation, and Yamaha Motor Corporation. 



Since 1989 CSF has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen's organization in the political arena. CSF's mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America's hunters and anglers.

Working with Congress, Governors and State Legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.


For more information on the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation go to


For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 


Southeastern States Manager Bee Frederick, at 334.593.6988, or email


Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email


Northeastern States Director Brent Miller, at 202.543.6850 x 13, or email


Western States Manager Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email