WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator John Thune, Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, yesterday hosted a roundtable discussion with more than 50 leaders and representatives of hunting, fishing, wildlife, and conservation national organizations. Thune, a co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, organized the roundtable event in coordination with the Caucus’s president, Jeff Crane.
“Hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation are woven into the fabric of South Dakota and represent a significant part of our national heritage,” said Thune. “Without the remarkable efforts and dedication of the organizations represented at the sportsmen’s roundtable—and their members defending these interests—the great outdoors will not be readily available to future generations.”
Presidents, CEOs, directors, and chairmen of national sportsmen’s organizations, including National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants and Quail Forever, Ducks Unlimited, American Sportfishing Association, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and many others were able to visit face-to-face with several Senators at the roundtable about their legislative priorities and other issues of concern.
Among the issues discussed at the roundtable were access to both private and public lands for outdoor recreation and funding for conservation programs and wildlife grants.
The bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus is one of the largest caucuses in Congress with nearly 300 members representing almost all 50 states. With bipartisan leadership in both the House and the Senate, the Caucus is the sportsmen's ally and first line of defense in Washington, promoting and protecting the rights of hunters, trappers, and anglers.
Photos of the roundtable can be viewed HERE.