Big Game Hunting Licenses for Youth is Top Priority For New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Albany, NY – A breakfast get-together on Tuesday, April 15th in Albany, hosted for the New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, brought nearly two dozen pro-sportsmen legislators in touch with numerous state sportsmen’s groups and the industry partners that support them. The breakfast was hosted by the New York Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC). Turkey talk took center stage, but the real buzz was about a proposal to allow youngsters to hunt big game in the Empire State.
During the event, Caucus Co-Chair, Assemblywoman Ginny Fields, reviewed a state specific economic report compiled by NASC and underwritten by the New York chapter of NWTF that highlighted the economic impact of sportsmen in New York State. Assemblyman Tim Gordon, Senator Dale Volker and Senator Elizabeth Little, all caucus co-chairs, spoke about the caucus’s role in the State and how it is actively engaged to promote and advance legislation that benefits New York’s 1.2-million hunters and anglers. The caucus was formed in 2004 and began working with NASC the same year. Assemblywoman Fields introduced NASC Director Aaron Hobbs who briefed the group on the history and mission of NASC. Hobbs thanked the caucus members for their diligence. He also recognized the attending representatives of NWTF, Toyota and the Sportsman Channel for their continuing support and partnership with NASC. NWTF Regional Biologist Doug Little spoke with enthusiasm about the NWTF membership in New York and the ‘on the ground’ conservation projects that NWTF initiated and oversees. Later in the morning Mr. Little was bid an official welcome and recognition by the entire Assembly when recognized by the Speaker on the Assembly floor.
JUNIOR HUNTING LICENSE; TOP CAUCUS PRIORITY – Wally John, Special Projects Director from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) spoke about the Department’s most important initiative this session; the creation of a junior hunting license. The proposed legislation would amend the Environmental Conservation Law to: 1) allow 14 and 15 year-olds who are already permitted to hunt small game in New York State to hunt big game with a firearm under specified conditions and only while supervised; and 2) create a trapper mentoring program. DEC Director Pete Grannis cited the importance of the Junior Hunting License in a meeting with Mr. Hobbs. The two discussed the role of NASC and its interaction with the New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus as well as issues of importance to sportsmen across the country.
New York’s hunters, fishermen and trappers can be secure in the knowledge that the bipartisan New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus sets aside party politics to protect and advance the sportsmen’s agenda when the state legislature is in session. About the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC)
The National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, a program of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), serves as the coordinator for 35 state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses. NASC is the leader in providing information to protect and promote sportsmen’s issues in state legislatures, serving as the venue for focused interaction and idea exchange among state caucus leaders and the outdoors community. For additional information, visit the NASC website at www.statesportsmenslink.org or call 202-543-6907.
To learn how New York State’s 1.2-million sportsmen spend $1.8 billion per year and support 28,000 jobs, visit www.sportsmenslink.org