National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC)
The benefit of having sportsmen’s caucuses in state capitols has never been more obvious. Sharing information and ideas has led to an incomparable force in state governments around the country, one that is focused on passing pro-sportsmen’s legislation and defeating attacks from the anti-hunting lobby. - Senator John Astle, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair and Past President of the NASC Executive Council.
CSF set out to create a network of state legislative sportsmen's caucuses, and in 2004 the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) was launched. Currently, with 48 state legislative sportsmen's caucuses (over 2,000 state legislators) united under the NASC umbrella, the NASC facilitates the interaction and idea exchange among state caucus leaders and the outdoor community. NASC is staffed through the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, with a dedicated staff member(s) assigned to each of the regions detailed on the map below.
NASC provides a host of services including: providing detailed information on sportsmen's issues, writing caucus press releases, organizing an annual meeting and coordinating the exchange of information and interaction between the individual state caucuses. Through its communication network and by fostering interaction between and among legislators, sportsmen’s groups, industry partners, state fish and wildlife agencies and the media, NASC provides the synergy to protect and advance hunting, recreational angling and shooting, trapping and professional fish and wildlife management in state capitols. NASC acts as a framework of support between state caucuses which is critical to the successful advancement of pro-sportsmen policies across the nation.
To learn more about your state’s sportsmen’s caucus members, please refer to the State Profiles section, or select your state from the drop down menu at the bottom of this page.
NASC Executive Council
The NASC program is guided by an Executive Council comprised of state sportsmen’s caucus leaders who are dedicated to advancing the goals of the program. Elected by their sportsman-legislator colleagues to serve two year terms, Executive Council members assist with policy development, sportsmen’s community engagement, program administration and media outreach intended to highlight the role that hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping play in supporting conservation policies that also benefit our nation’s social and economic wellbeing.
For the 2017 roster of Executive Council members, click here.
President: Representative Brandon Phelps (IL)View Details
Vice President: Senator Bill Heath (GA)View Details
Secretary: Representative Brian White (SC)View Details
NASC Executive Council: Sportsmen’s Profiles
- Delegate Wendell Beitzel (MD)
- Representative Scott Bounds (MS)
- Representative Patrick Brennan (VT)
- Representative Sal Esquivel (OR)
- Representative Jeff Goley (NH)
- Senator Mike Green (MI)
- Senator Jason Holsman (MO)
- Representative Mark Neuman (AK)
- Representative Mike Pitts (SC)
- Representative Bill Rehm (NM)
- Senator Robin Webb (KY)
Your opinion counts
What do you support as a means to either complement or enhance the funding state fish and wildlife agencies receive through the American System of Conservation Funding? (To learn more about the options below, visit CSF's issue briefs)Vote Here
- Increase the price of hunting and fishing licenses, tags, permits or stamps (9.21%)
- Create new species-specific stamps (e.g. trout stamp) (3.95%)
- Implement a conservation stamp for non-consumptive users (e.g. hikers, bikers, birdwatchers, etc.) that use state-owned lands (31.58%)
- Adopt a Conservation Sales Tax at the state level on all taxable goods, with the funds allocated for conservation projects (15.79%)
- Adopt a Dedicated Sales Tax on Outdoor Goods (a state-level tax on outdoor goods similar to the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs) (21.05%)
- The creation of non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for state wildlife agencies (18.42%)