Agenda

Wednesday, November 30

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

Breakfast – Wild Sheep: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities

Bighorn sheep currently occur in 16 western states, and ~50% of all Dall's sheep live in Alaska. Wild sheep spend much of their year on public lands, but in many states, private/state lands also provide important seasonal habitat. Wild sheep face a variety of management challenges, including habitat loss/fragmentation, diminishing water availability, respiratory pneumonia often following contact with domestic sheep and/or domestic goats, predation, and other challenges. Strategies and opportunities have been identified in many western states, to restore wild sheep populations and enhance wild sheep habitat.

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Details to come.

9:00 AM

9:15 AM

Welcome to Montana

Leaders of the Montana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus will welcome attendees and discuss some of the Caucus' recent victories. This session will also feature remarks from leaders of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks who will discuss the wide range of hunting and fishing opportunities the state offers, among other topics.

9:15 AM

10:00 AM

Discussion on Differences Between Wildlife Management in America and Europe

This session will explore the differences between the North American Model of Wildlife Management and how wildlife is managed in the United Kingdom. Two tenets central to wildlife management in the United States, the public trust doctrine and the prohibition against market hunting, are not components of wildlife management across the pond. As the commercial sale of wild venison has been debated in some states recently, this session will compare the pros and cons of each management model with perspectives provided by a U.S. certified wildlife biologist and UK-based chef, restaurateur, and hunter.

10:00 AM

10:30 AM

Changing the Game on Poaching: Ensuring the Punishment Fits the Crime

Sportsmen and women know hunting is not poaching, and that poachers are thieves, not hunters. Poaching goes against all that we hold sacred as law-abiding sportsmen and women and undermines the entire foundation of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. However, poachers are not always treated as such under our laws. Wildlife cases are disproportionately dismissed, and penalties are often applied inconsistently. The Boone and Crockett Club’s Poach & Pay Project aims to develop a better understanding of the scope of the issue and provide specific actions to increase the prosecution and penalties for wildlife crimes. The Poach & Pay Project works with state wildlife agencies, legislators, and judiciaries to improve the detection and conviction of poachers and to ensure that the fines being assessed for this illegal killing are in line with the value our society places on its wildlife.

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

Building and Maintaining Effective Sportsmen's Caucuses

This session will feature a moderated discussion with leaders of state legislative sportsmen's caucuses as they reflect on best management practices and lessons learned in their efforts to maintain highly effective and relevant entities to protect and advance the interests of their sportsmen and women constituents.

Noon

1:00 PM

Lunch

Details to come.

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

NASC Executive Council Candidate Speeches

Candidates on this year's ballot for the seats on the NASC Executive Council will provide brief remarks and ballots will be distributed to state caucus members.

2:00 PM

2:30 PM

Busses Depart for Group Outdoor Activities and Field Demonstrations

Attendees will meet in the main lobby for transportation to the off-site location where the various outdoor activities will be held. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather.

2:30 PM

5:30 PM

Group Outdoor Activities and Field Demonstrations (offsite)

Details to come.

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

Busses Return to Hotel

Busses will return to the Kimpton Armory for the evening reception, dinner, and auction.

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Reception & 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.

8:15 PM

9:30 PM

Movie Night

Details to come.