On March 14, the Iowa Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a luncheon and panel discussion which included conservation experts from across the state who spoke about the future of hunting and fishing in Iowa. Members of the caucus, representatives from local sportsmen’s groups, and industry partners were in attendance.
The panel, which included representatives from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, and Ducks Unlimited discussed the American System of Conservation Funding; research on hunter and angler recruitment, retention, and reactivation in Iowa; and the effort to support Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy (IWILL).
Caucus Co-Chair Representative Scott Ourth and Co-Chair Representative Terry Baxter began the discussion with a few remarks. “We are all working on IWILL,” said Co-Chair Ourth. “This effort is important to continue to provide what’s necessary to keep our natural resources and ecosystems clean for every living creature.”
Alongside stories of recent hunting or fishing trips at lunch, Iowa’s strong sporting heritage was the conversation topic of the day. The Hawkeye State has almost 600,000 hunters and anglers who spend almost $800 million annually on their pursuits, supporting about 12,000 jobs in the state.
Sponsors for the luncheon included Ducks Unlimited, the Iowa Outdoor Partnership, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Pheasants Forever.
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- Increase the price of hunting and fishing licenses, tags, permits or stamps (8.97%)
- Create new species-specific stamps (e.g. trout stamp) (3.85%)
- Implement a conservation stamp for non-consumptive users (e.g. hikers, bikers, birdwatchers, etc.) that use state-owned lands (30.77%)
- Adopt a Conservation Sales Tax at the state level on all taxable goods, with the funds allocated for conservation projects (15.38%)
- Adopt a Dedicated Sales Tax on Outdoor Goods (a state-level tax on outdoor goods similar to the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs) (23.08%)
- The creation of non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for state wildlife agencies (17.95%)