LAS VEGAS, N.V. — The National Wild Turkey Federation SHOT Show’s Tuesday morning fireside chat with U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Larry Keane, NSSF’s senior vice president for government and public affairs, covered a variety of topics with Bernhardt and Perdue, including expanded access on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land, active forest management on national forests, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, the farm bill, chronic wasting disease and more. Perdue and Bernhardt also fielded several questions from attending media about reintroduction of wolves in Colorado and reversing the decline in hunting participation.
“The NWTF appreciates the open dialog as well as the positive measures being taken by both the USDA and the Department of the Interior,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “It is encouraging to see Sonny and David continue to engage in these forums, and I truly believe they are taking into consideration the thoughts and ideas of the hunting and conservation community. We look forward to a continued focus on these important issues as we work to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”
Earlier in the morning, Perdue attended and spoke at a brief meet and greet at Mossy Oak’s booth on the show floor.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.