August 6, 2015


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


August Recess 2015: Hundreds Gather to Enjoy the Shooting Sports

On August 4, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) staffers took a break from bustling Capitol Hill, and joined the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and industry partners at the annual "August Recess Shoot-Out" for a day of trap, skeet, and sporting clays...


Legislation Introduced to Preserve Fishing Access in Biscayne National Park

On the heels of the recent announcement to close over 10,000 acres of Biscayne National Park to fishing, a coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3310, that will help stop this and similar unwarranted fishing closures from occurring. Led by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL), Carlos Curbelo (FL), and 28 other original sponsors, the "Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act" requires the National Park Service and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to have approval from state fish and wildlife agencies before closing state waters to recreational or commercial fishing...


Florida Congressman Introduces Legislation to Combat Invasive Lionfish

On July 23, Congressman Curt Clawson (FL) introduced the LEAP Act of 2015, (H.R. 3202) which would ban the importation of 11 lionfish species, including nine species that do not yet inhabit U.S. waters. The legislation comes in response to the rapidly growing lionfish population in Florida's coastal waters... 




Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Staff Appointed to Colorado Sportsmen's Roundtable

Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) Western States Director Andy Treharne was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Colorado Sportsmen's Roundtable. As a forum to increase dialogue about critically important issues that impact hunting, angling and trapping in Colorado, the Roundtable provides an opportunity to work with the Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to further the Centennial State's outdoor heritage...


Michigan Sportsmen's Caucus Advisory Council Created

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) recently announced the formation of an Advisory Council to support and guide the Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus. The Michigan Sportsmen's Caucus Advisory Council (Advisory Council) is composed of leaders from the state's conservation community, including those representing the leading hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping organizations from around the state...


Western NASC Legislators Gather in Vail

On July 29, legislators associated with the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) from across the Western United States gathered at Garfinkel's Bar and Grill in Vail, Colorado to discuss policy successes and challenges related to the region's rich outdoor heritage...



CSF President Jeff Crane to Appear on the Outdoor Channel's 'Ram Outdoorsman'

Next Thursday, August 13, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane will appear on an episode of 'Ram Outdoorsman,' airing exclusively on the Outdoor Channel. Taking place last year on opening day of pheasant hunting season in South Dakota, the episode follows Senator John Thune (SD), legendary anchorman Tom Brokaw, Crane, and the host of 'Ram Outdoorsman' and CSF Board Member Chris Dorsey, on the pheasant hunt of a lifetime.


For more information about the episode or to check next week's air times, click here


CSF to Host 2015 'Texas Bass, Bucks & Boots' Event

On Thursday, August 27, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation will host the Annual 'Texas Bass, Bucks & Boots' Reception and Dinner in Houston, Texas. The event brings together federal and state legislators with members of the sportsmen's community to discuss conservation policies affecting the Midwestern United States, and to celebrate the rich outdoor sporting heritage of the Lone Star State. The evening will feature a reception and raffle followed by dinner and a live auction.


For more information about the event or if you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Mecchella at


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? Vote here.



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