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Answer to Red Snapper Issue Already Exists

The below editorial, written by CSF Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, was featured in The Fishing Wire.

I recently read an editorial that suggested recreational anglers should look to the North American Wildlife Conservation Model (North American Model) for answers to the red snapper management debacle in the Gulf of Mexico. While I'm grateful to see this highly successful and epochal model referenced in this unfortunately contentious debate over one of the South's most iconic saltwater fish species, it became clear that the author, and probably most Americans, are not familiar with the "model" he referenced...




California Outdoor Sporting Caucus Hosts Trap Shoot

On June 17, the California Outdoor Sporting Caucus hosted a trap shoot to celebrate their state's outdoor heritage with members of the Golden State's sportsmen's community. Held at Cordova Shooting Center outside Sacramento, the event also provided an opportunity to expose other legislators and staff to hunting and the shooting sports and the benefits of maintaining California's strong outdoor traditions...


CSF Joins Angling Groups to Oppose California Fishing Tackle Restrictions

Recently, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) joined the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the Coastside Fishing Club, the Coastal Conservation Association and the California Sportfishing League in expressing concerns with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control's (DTSC) efforts to unnecessarily regulate commonly used fishing tackle as identified within the DTSC Priority Work Plan...


Connecticut Sunday Hunting Bill Signed into Law

On July 2, HB 6034, championed throughout the process by the Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, was signed into law in Connecticut. Following the effective date of October 1, 2015, Sunday archery hunting for deer on private lands in the state will be allowed, with some exceptions. With the enactment of HB 6034, Connecticut now joins the 45 other states throughout the nation that allow for Sunday hunting in some capacity...


Idaho Sportsmen's Caucus, Advisory Council, Host Clay Shoot in Boise

On June 27, the Idaho Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus and the Idaho Sportsmen's Caucus Advisory Council (ISCAC) hosted a sporting clays shoot and lunch at Black Dog Sporting Clays in Boise, ID. The event served as a day of celebrating Idaho's storied hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping traditions, and the vast economic and conservation benefits provided by Idaho's sportsmen and women. 


Indiana Governor Mike Pence Joins the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) is pleased to welcome its newest member of the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC): Governor Mike Pence of Indiana. In his first term as governor, he joins the bipartisan GSC representing a state with a long-standing outdoor heritage... 


North Carolina Governor Approves Sunday Hunting

The Outdoor Heritage Act (House Bill 640) officially became law in North Carolina on Wednesday July 8 with the signature of Governors Sportsmen's Caucus member Governor Pat McCrory. The Act, among other important measures, ends the 145 year-old ban against hunting with firearms on Sunday in the Tarheel State...  


Sportsmen's Bills Among Final Legislative Push in Oregon

The 2015 Oregon Legislature adjourned on July 6, after passing several bills affecting the sportsmen's community. Topics addressed during the 2015 session included predator management, the Oregon Hatchery Research Fund, and sporting license fee increases, among others...


Vermont Sportsmen's Caucus Co-Chair and CSF Staff Honored at Suppressor Celebration

On July 2, the first day firearm suppressors became legal in Vermont in over a century, the American Suppressor Association (ASA) hosted a celebratory suppressor demonstration for over 100 sportsmen and women, including many members of the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus... 



CSF Welcomes Mid-Atlantic States Coordinator

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) is pleased to announce Alana Barricks as the newest addition to the CSF States Program Team this week. Alana joins CSF as the Mid-Atlantic States Coordinator, assisting CSF's Northeastern States Director in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia...


CSF Hosts 2nd Annual California "Wine, Wings & Wildlife" Event in Sonoma

On June 29, in the heart of California's wine country, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) gathered members of the sportsmen's conservation community and other supporters for the 2nd Annual "California Wine, Wings & Wildlife," western regional event...

Your Opinions Counts: Take the New CSF Poll

After watching CSF President Jeff Crane testify at a hearing before the House Natural Resources Subcommittees on Federal Lands and Water, and Power and Oceans, what do you think is the most important Title within the SHARE Act of 2015? Visit the CSF homepage to vote now.

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