June 30, 2016


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

Texas, Mississippi governors offer support for state management of troubled Gulf fishery
Coastal Conservation Association and the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation are applauding the governors of Texas and Mississippi for letters to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of HR 3094, a bill that would shift management of the Gulf red snapper fishery away from the federal government and replace it with a coordinated Gulf States partnership. HR 3094, sponsored by Congressman Garret Graves (LA), was approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources earlier this month and represents the best opportunity to deliver a robust fishery that is more accessible to the public.

On June 29, recreational fishing and boating organizations supported the Senate Commerce Committee's passage of S. 3099, The Access for Sportfishing Act of 2016.  Recently introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (FL) and Marco Rubio (FL), the legislation contains several important marine fisheries-related provisions, including: Fishery management measures in Biscayne National Park and a necessary change to the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012...

Hunting Advisory Committee Weighs in on Ungulate Management and BLM Planning
On June 22, the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (Council), a federal advisory committee that advises the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture on recreational hunting and wildlife resource issues, convened at National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters in Edgefield, South Carolina to discuss issues of importance to America's sportsmen and women...


California Outdoor Sporting Caucus Hosts Annual Trap and Skeet Shoot
On June 22, California legislators, including members of the California Legislature Outdoor Sporting Caucus, representatives from various sportsmen's organizations, and outdoor industry leaders came together for the Caucus' Annual Trap and Skeet Shoot in Rancho Cordova, California...

CSF Comments On California MPA Closures
On June 23, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) submitted a letter to the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) expressing concern with recent changes to the 2016 Final Draft Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)...

Kentucky: A National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses to Host Southern Legislative Reception
The National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) and the Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus will host a policy reception during the 70th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference in Lexington, Kentucky on Monday, July 11.  


Governors Sportsmen's Caucus Leadership Encourages Attendance at Summer Reception
Governors Sportsmen's Caucus leadership Co-Chairs Earl Ray Tomblin (WV) and Gov. Phil Bryant (MS), and Vice-Chairs Gov. Peter Shumlin (VT) and Gov. Matt Mead (WY) as well as Former Chair Gov. Terry Branstad (IA) submitted a formal joint letter to colleagues and friends of GSC inviting them to the GSC Summer Reception in Des Moines, Iowa on July 15. For more information, contact Jennifer Mecchella, Director of State and Regional Events.

On June 23, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) traveled to Sonoma, California for the 3rd Annual Wine, Wings & Wildlife Western regional event. The event included a sporting clays competition at Wing & Barrel Ranch followed by an evening wine tasting and dinner centered around discussion on current sportsmen's priorities in the Golden State...

CSF States Program Team recently developed several new issue briefs covering important policy issues facing the sportsmen's community. In your opinion, which of these topics is the most important today? (Click here for CSF's 2016 Issue Briefs


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For more information on the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation go to www.SportsmensLink.org or contact Sara Leonard at 202.543.6850 x 11 or email sara@sportsmenslink.org.


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