Whitetails Unlimited is continuing their financial support of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, whose stewardship of the National Assembly of State Caucuses continues to be a huge success. The NASC is the only organization in the United States whose sole purpose is to coordinate and work with state elected officials to promote and protect the rights of sportsmen and women. This year’s support will put WTU’s total contribution to the CSF at $25,000.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation created the NASC in 2002, and NASC provides a communication network and facilitates interaction among state legislators, sportsmen’s groups, industry, and media, and has aided state legislatures in creating their own sportsmen’s caucuses. Legislatures in 35 states now have sportsmen’s caucuses, with Alaska and Kansas the most recent additions. More than 2,000 individual legislators belong to these 35 caucuses, and membership is truly bi-partisan.
“When it comes to a voice for sportsman on Capitol Hill, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is working 24/7 to promote issues related to hunting, fishing and wildlife management,” said WTU Executive Director Pete Gerl. “Their work through NASC to establish effective caucuses in state legislatures expands dramatically the voice that sportsmen have in the legislative process throughout the country.”
Together, CSF and NASC provide protection against changes in law that would damage the interests of sportsmen at both the state and federal levels. These caucuses do not focus on issues in a partisan manner, but focus on the end result and the effect on sportsmen and wildlife management, which makes their work respected on both sides of the political aisle.
“This system of state caucuses provides a unifying source of information, model legislation and funding assistance between states,” said Gerl. “We’re pleased to support CSF, along with NASC, and we’re proud to be continuing our financial support.”