Thurs, Dec 09
Welcome to Arkansas
The 18th Annual NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit will officially open with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Honor Guard presenting the colors. Leaders of the Arkansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus will welcome attendees and discuss some of the recent work of the Caucus. This session will also feature remarks from the Director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission who will discuss the wide range of hunting and fishing opportunities the state offers, among other topics.
Welcome from CSF's Chairman of the Board
CSF Board Chairman Mr. Simon Roosevelt will deliver a plenary address that discusses sportsmen and women's role in the U.S. conservation movement and how shifting societal norms and values have impacted hunting and angling through time.
You Buy Things That Look Like You: Research Insights on Recruiting and Welcoming Underserved Populations into Outdoor Activities
Mark Damian Duda, founder and Executive Director of Responsive Management, will discuss recent research on trends in participation for hunting, sport shooting and fishing, which segments of the population are becoming increasingly more engaged, and what we as a community can be doing better to welcome and encourage their participation in our time-honored traditions.
A Roundtable Discussion with State Fish and Wildlife Agency Directors
State Fish and Wildlife Agency Directors from across the nation will participate in a moderated panel discussion on a variety of high-priority policy issues that agencies are presently dealing with.
Fellowship and Refreshment Break
Join us for a refreshment break in the exhibitor area and stop by exhibitor booths to enter a raffle.
Infrastructure to Shore Up Support for our Sporting Traditions
Wildlife Councils for Public Education
In 2019 there were roughly 12 million licensed hunters in the United States. That’s under 4% of the population. When you add in the number of Americans that fish, it accounts for roughly 1 in 10 Americans that actively participate in these activities. That means 9 out of 10 Americans have little knowledge or appreciation of our nation’s rich heritage of hunting and fishing, and the vital role that hunters and anglers have played, and continue to play, in conservation and wildlife management. Through targeted and data-driven media campaigns, Wildlife Councils teach and reinforce the importance of hunting and angling to the non-hunting public to maintain and expand public support for our time-honored traditions.
Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Councils
During this session, we will discuss how legislators and conservation organizations can work together to protect and advance our sporting traditions through the development of Sportsmen's Caucus Advisory Councils. Advisory Councils have helped state caucuses become more active and effective, furthering the mission of the NASC Network by providing a strong working knowledge of the issues, providing grass roots support to amplify the sportsmen's voice in the legislature, effectively communicating the work of the Caucus to the sportsmen and women of the state, providing support for Caucus events, and more.
Lunch - The Intersection of Rice and Ducks
NASC Executive Council Candidate Speeches
The NASC Executive Council Nominations Committee Chair (TBD) will moderate this session which will provide candidates for the Executive Council an opportunity to provide brief remarks on their work with their respective caucuses and why they wish to be considered for the Council.
Break to Move to Outdoor Activity
Attendees will meet in the main lobby for transportation to the sporting grounds where the outdoor activities will be held. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather.
Group Outdoor Activity
Attendees will head to the Remington Gun Club facility for an afternoon of activities and demonstrations. Participants will have an opportunity to shoot clays, learn about and try firearm suppressors, learn about trapping technology and techniques, and more.
Break to Move to Reception and Dinner
Auction & Raffle
This year’s auction and raffle, which will be held during the reception and dinner, will feature a wide array of hunting, fishing, and shooting items and trips. Attendees will have the opportunity to take advantage of some great deals to wrap up their holiday shopping, or perhaps to begin planning for future years’ sporting excursions, all while supporting the work of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation in strengthening the NASC network.
The evening is not over yet, as activities will continue with a cigar reception hosted by Reynolds American Inc. A variety of cigars and liquid refreshment will be provided, capping off the first full day of the NASC Summit. Attendees are encouraged to join their colleagues for a toast to the sessions that have been held thus far and converse among themselves about the themes raised during earlier presentations.