As one of the founding members of the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, Representative Brandon Phelps has been a true champion of sportsmen’s issues and the Illinois sporting heritage in the General Assembly since 2003. Representative Phelps served as President of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council in 2017 and has served in NASC Executive Council leadership since 2006.
A native of Southern Illinois, Brandon grew up hunting and fishing and has carried the passion for the outdoors and our sportsmen’s heritage with him in both his career and personal life. Although he enjoys all types of hunting, waterfowl hunting holds a special place for him, which isn’t surprising since he’s from a state known for its duck and goose hunting.
Representative Phelps has been actively involved with the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus since he helped organize the caucus in 2004. Through his leadership and the efforts of the caucus, Illinois has made significant strides on behalf of its sportsmen and women, including establishing an apprentice hunting license, expanding crossbow hunting opportunities and establishing a concealed carry license.
Representative Phelps works closely with Illinois Department of Natural Resources to communicate sportsmen’s views on hunting and fishing seasons, as well as expanding opportunities for both children and adults to enjoy Illinois sportsmen’s heritage. He’s a member of the NRA, National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.
“Hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting are fundamental components of our American heritage. Not only have these pastimes been our way of life since the country was founded, but, through the American System of Conservation Funding, sportsmen and women have proudly supported on the ground conservation activities through their contributions to science-based natural resource management. I am proud of this heritage, and I am proud of the work NASC and the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus does to protect this heritage,” said Rep. Phelps.
Rep. Phelps deer hunting
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