Sportsmen, legislators discuss priorities at summit

Ducks Unlimited joined state legislators and other leaders on sportsmen’s issues at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s 9th annual National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Annual Sportsman-Legislator Summit in late November.

The three-day summit provided sportsmen and legislators the opportunity to discuss sportsmen’s priorities and share ideas.

Panel discussions and presentations this year included: the economic impact of American sportsmen, the history of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs and ensuring future success, the history of trapping in the United States, federal and state policy issues dealing with recreational fishing and current challenges facing recreational shooting.

“DU was pleased to support the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation with this important summit. Meetings such as this are a great opportunity for DU to further interact with state and federal natural resource agencies, allied non-governmental conservation organizations and industries concerned with the future of our nation's outdoor heritage,” said DU Director of Public Policy Barton James. “Discussing issues that impact the conservation community with legislative decision makers is key to the future of waterfowl.”

Ducks Unlimited congratulates the newly elected members of NASC’s Executive Council, including Sen. Robin Webb (KY), who was elected president. She is replacing Rep. Mike Pitts (SC), who was term limited after serving as president from 2008 to 2012. Rep. Mark Neuman (AK) was elected vice president and Rep. Brandon Phelps (IL) was reappointed as secretary. Other members of the 2013 Executive Council are Sen. Bill Heath (GA) and Reps. Sal Esquivel (OR), Candy Ezzell (NM), Herb Frierson (MS), Marc Gergely (PA), Craig Miner (CT) and Brian White (SC). Alternates for the 2013 Executive Council are Delegate Wendell Beitzel (MD) and Rep. Tim Moffitt (NC).