Hunters and anglers are our greatest advocates for public lands, in part via the fees they pay for licenses and equipment, which generated $1.1B for critical state environmental conservation and recreation projects in 2016 alone. Problematically, the hunting and angling communities have not shifted to align with the cultural makeup of America. One direct result: hunting expenditures—and associated excise taxes—declined 29% over the past five years. This happy hour discussion explores the country’s R3 (Recruit, Retain, Reactivate) movement with four initiatives engaged in the front lines of developing the next generation of conservation stewards.
Moderator: David Rodgers, Communications Manager, Recreation Boating and Fishing Foundation (2018 Emerging Leader)