Hunters and anglers have identified allies in the U.S. Congress and state capitals across the country serving as the first line of defense in protecting America’s outdoor traditions as well as promoting the sportsmen’s agenda through the collective force of sportsmen’s caucuses. Sportsmen’s caucuses have always been effective in working together - not as Republican or Democrat, but as sportsmen and women. As a result, they have achieved many victories for hunting, recreational angling and shooting and trapping, along with other conservation and fish and wildlife habitat initiatives.
Presently, the CSF manages three separate caucus programs: the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), and the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC). Working alongside CSF, these caucuses serve as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen legislators that protect and advance the sportsmen's heritage.
Founded in 1989, the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) has grown into one of the largest and most effective caucuses in the US Congress with nearly 300 members representing almost all 50 states. With bipartisan leadership in both the House and the Senate, the CSC is the sportsmen's ally in Washington protecting and advancing hunting, recreational angling and shooting and trapping.
CSF works with the CSC by providing advice, support and information on behalf of the sportsmen’s community to CSC members. This unique relationship gives the CSF a unique niche on Capitol Hill that is unparalleled by any other sportsmen’s organization.
The Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) was launched in 2009 to facilitate communication and information exchange between participating offices in support of legislation and regulations that protect and advance hunting, recreational angling and shooting and trapping. Guided by a bipartisan leadership team of governors, the GSC provides a network of pro-sportsmen governors to complement the work done by the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, individual state sportsmen’s caucuses and Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus to further advance the sportsmen’s agenda.
With the success of the CSC in Washington, 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, there are over 2,000 state legislators who are members of 41 individual state legislative sportsmen's caucuses, all united under the NASC umbrella.
By fostering communication and interaction between and among state legislators, sportsmen's groups, industry and media, the NASC and state sportsmen's caucuses are the core of the legislative front protecting and advancing hunting, recreational angling and shooting and trapping and professional fish and wildlife management in state legislatures.