On April 18, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a dinner outside of Tallahassee, Florida. The event provided an opportunity for FWC Commissioners and staff, executive office staff, and legislators to discuss and gather in support of important hunting, angling, and other conservation issues.
Caucus Co-Chairs, as well as nearly 20 additional legislators, were in attendance. In addition, FWC Executive Director and current Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies President Nick Wiley and Commission Chairman Brian Yablonski attended the annual event.
The bipartisan Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus was one of the first states to join the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses in 2004 and has consistently worked to promote sportsmen’s issues and educate members on important policy matters.
Currently, Florida has the largest number of sportsmen and women, days afield, economic contributions, and jobs created by hunting and angling in the country.
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