Agenda

Thursday, December 1

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

Breakfast

Details to come.

8:00 AM

10:30 AM

Eastern Breakout Sessions

8:00 - 8:30 AM (State Caucus Updates) - CSF States Program Team staff members will give a presentation on the activities of state caucuses, highlighting unique examples of events, communications deliverables, and key policy victories.

8:30 - 9:00 AM (Fighting Back Against Misguided Opposition to Active Timber Management) - Details to come.

9:30 - 10:00 AM (Industry Efforts to Defeat Trophy Import Bans) - Details to come.

8:00 AM

10:30 AM

Western Breakout Sessions

8:00 - 8:30 AM (State Caucus Updates) - CSF States Program Team staff members will give a presentation on the activities of state caucuses, highlighting unique examples of events, communications deliverables, and key policy victories.

9:00 - 9:30 AM (The End of Wilderness Expansion and Use Restrictions in the West) - This session will discuss past and current Administrations' efforts to expand federal control on public land with specific targets in the West. The discussion will also cover how these actions create a burden on state land managers, amplify states' challenges to manage public lands, and further diminish tools to expand access, cooperation and coordination at the local level.

9:30 - 10:00 AM (Impacts of the Overpopulation of Horses and Burros in the American West) - Wild horses and burros are at four times Appropriate Management Levels and are threatening native wildlife populations (bighorn sheep, mule deer, sage-grouse, etc.) in numerous western states. Congressional action is needed to allow for proper management of horses and burros by the Bureau of Land Management and the U. S. Forest Service. Inaction will reduce opportunities for sportsmen in the affected states.

10:00 - 10:30 AM (Incentivizing Access and Habitat without Privatizing or Commercializing Wildlife) - Across the west, elk distributions are becoming a growing problem. Landowners deserve incentives for allowing public hunting access and/or providing quality wildlife habitat, and in some cases need assistance when publicly owned elk become a nuisance. However, some fear the wrong incentives will make the issue even worse by leading to more hoarding of the public resource and encouraging more exclusive pay-to-play access. How do we incentive private landowners to be good stewards and/or provide public opportunities while discouraging the privatization and commercialization of the public resource?

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

Fellowship and Refreshment Break

Join us for a refreshment break in the exhibitor area and stop by exhibitor booths to enter a raffle.

11:00 AM

Noon

Roundtable Discussion on State Fish and Wildlife Management

Roundtable Discussion on State Fish and Wildlife Management

Noon

1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

1:30 PM

Grizzly Bear populations, the Endangered Species Act, and Delisting

The USFWS has been petitioned by Governors from Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, to have the grizzly bear delisted from the ESA list. The requirements to be delisted have been met and populations are expanding, but litigation and politics keep the bear listed. What can be done to remove the protected status of the ESA from the grizzly. The states are prepared to take over its management and already have a tri-state agreement in place, that even includes genetic diversity.

1:30 PM

2:15 PM

Findings and Recommendations of the Aquatic Invasive Species Commission

The continued spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) poses a key challenge to sportsmen, conservationists and state Departments of Natural Resources. This session will share findings from the AIS Commission, which by November will have released its findings and policy recommendations from months of consultation with leaders in federal policy, state agencies, recreational user groups and leading invasive species scientists. The panel will explore the state-level impacts of these recommendations to prevent, control and eradicate AIS.

2:15 PM

2:45 PM

Are Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Funds “Slipping” Away?

The rise of the internet provides consumers with convenience and frequently lower prices, but also provides a way for many foreign products to be sold into the U.S. without the required Wildlife and Sportfishing Restoration excise taxes. Direct-to-consumer purchases of taxable products from overseas vendors represents a significant, and growing threat to conservation funding and achieves an 11% unfair advantage over U.S.-based businesses that are paying the conservation tax. This situation threatens fish and wildlife conservation funding for state fish and wildlife agencies as well as the existence, profitability, and support of law-abiding businesses in the U.S.

2:45 PM

3:00 PM

Fellowship and Refreshment Break

Join us for a refreshment break in the exhibitor area and stop by exhibitor booths to enter a raffle.

3:00 PM

3:30 PM

Improving Relationships Between Sportsmen and Landowners

Details to come.

3:30 PM

4:00 PM

The Importance of Both General and Targeted R3 Efforts

Details to come.

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

Predator Wars: Lesson's Learned from Fighting Anti-Hunting Interests on the West Coast

The West Coast continues to make national headlines with the increased frequency and egregiousness of anti-hunting efforts at all levels of government. Whether it's Oregon's Initiative Petition 3, which would ban all hunting, fishing and trapping, or Washington's sudden suspension of the 2022 Spring Bear Season, or California's ongoing attempts to shut down bear hunting all together, the West Coast continues to be at the forefront of discussions surrounding the sustainable conservation of America’s predators and the role that sportsmen and women play in their management. This panel discussion will highlight how the sportsmen's community in CA, OR and WA are pushing back against these efforts, and steps that can be taken now to be prepared should the fight come your state next.

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

Break to Change for Dinner

5:30 PM

6:15 PM

NASC Executive Council Meeting

The NASC Executive Council will meet to discuss the conference, begin planning for the 2023 Summit, and discuss other business.

6:15 PM

7:00 PM

Reception

7:00 PM

8:30 PM

Dinner & Awards Ceremony

CSF President and CEO Jeff Crane and NASC Executive Council President Rep. Brian White (SC) will make closing remarks; host state legislators will be recognized; awards will be given to legislators from each region, a state agency, and key NASC partners; and new Executive Council members will be announced. The host state and location of the 2023 NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit will also be announced.