Governors Sportsmens Caucus Meets to Discuss Future of Hunting and Fishing

Governors Sportsmens Caucus Meets to Discuss Future of Hunting and Fishing

Boston, MA -( State chief executives of the bi-partisan Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) came together last Thursday to discuss the future of hunting and fishing in America and the national economic engine driven by sportsmen.

Governor Joe Manchin, III of West Virginia, the inaugural Co-Chair of the GSC, along with Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont, Governor Chet Culver of Iowa, and Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana, met with members of the sportsmen’s community at a reception in Boston, Mass. sponsored by Altria, National Rifle Association (NRA), National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Remington.

The Governors addressed the audience concerning the declining numbers of hunters and anglers contributing to the American System of Conservation Funding and the billions of dollars contributed to the American economy every year by sportsmen and women and the industries that serve them. America’s 40 million hunters and anglers are among the most prominent and influential of all demographic groups. Spending more than $76 billion dollars a year on hunting and fishing, America’s hunters and anglers would rank in the top 20 list on the Fortune 500.

“Hunting and fishing are a vital part of our culture, our tradition and our economy,” said Manchin. “We must all work together to make sound policy decisions and provide responsible wildlife management so that future generations can experience the excitement of these outdoor sports and the benefits of their economic impact.”

“Hunting and fishing have always been important in Vermont, and still are today with more than 168,000 residents and nonresidents buying hunting and fishing licenses and contributing significantly to Vermont’s economy each year,” said Gov. Douglas. “Still, my administration is looking at ways to raise awareness and celebrate the hunting, angling and trapping heritage in Vermont, and that’s why I’m proud to be a member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus.”

The GSC now boasts twenty-five sportsmen allied Governors from both political parties and diverse geographic regions of the country, representing large outdoor constituencies that include many of America’s nearly 40 million hunters and anglers who contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy.

The GSC was launched at a press conference last July at the NGA Annual Meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, as a bipartisan caucus of governors working to protect the interest of America’s hunters and anglers, and advance sound wildlife management policy. Gov. Manchin and Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota are the inaugural Co-Chairs and Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Gov. Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming are the inaugural Vice-Chairs.

“When we started this thing last year, we envisioned many Governors throughout the country would join the efforts to advance sound conservation management policies in their states and also advance the interests of their individual state’s hunters and anglers in shaping national policy,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “These 25 state chief executives are at the forefront in protecting the American Conservation System, including lowering barriers to bring new sportsmen into the fold.”

Guided by a bipartisan leadership team of governors and staffed through the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the GSC along with the collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that promote and protect the agenda of America’s hunters and anglers.

About: Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus
The new Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus was launched at the National Governor’s Association Annual Meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Friday, July 17, 2009.

The GSC facilitates communication and information exchange between participating offices in support of policies and regulations that promote and protect hunting and fishing. Guided by a bipartisan leadership team of governors and staffed through the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the GSC complements and enhances the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC).

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Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership

Gov. Joe Manching, III, West Virginia

Gov. Mike Rounds, South Dakota

Gov. Dave Freudenthal, Wyoming

Gov. Haley Barbour, Mississippi

Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Members

Gov. Sonny Perdue, Georgia

Gov. Phil Bredesen, Tennessee

Gov. Rick Perry, Texas

Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana

Gov. Butch Otter, Idaho

Gov. Mitch Daniels, Indiana

Gov. John Hoeven, North Dakota

Gov. Ted Strickland, Ohio

Gov. Brad Henry, Oklahoma

Gov. John Lynch, New Hampshire

Gov. Jim Douglas, Vermont

Gov. John Baldacci, Maine

Gov. Jim Gibbons, Nevada

Gov. Bob Riley, Alabama

Gov. Steve Beasher, Kentucky

Gov. Mark Sanford, South Carolina

Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Michigan

Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr., Colorado

Gov. Chet Culver, Iowa

Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois

Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Montana