Elk NetworkRMEF Recognized for Advocacy Work

General | December 14, 2023

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation received special recognition for its contributions to advancing conservation. The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) presented RMEF with the 2023 Friend of NASC Award.

NASC is the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), a network of state legislative sportsmen and women caucuses that operate in all 50 states to advance the interests of hunters, anglers, trappers, recreational shooters and professional wildlife management in state legislatures.

“When an issue emerges in a state capitol, usually my first call is to the regional NASC representative of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation to connect me with the sportsmen legislators in the state. Their local knowledge and advice are critical, especially in states where it isn’t cost effective for RMEF to employ a lobbyist of our own,” said Ryan Bronson, RMEF director of government affairs. “Having active sportsmen’s caucuses helps RMEF advocate for our members, so we are happy to be named a ‘Friend of NASC’ because NASC has been a friend to us.”

The 20th annual NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit took place on December 7, 2023, in Dewey Beach, Delaware. It is the only national conference for state legislators dedicated to advancing America’s hunting, recreational shooting and trapping heritage.

“This summit is the most important time of the year for sportsman-legislators, providing an opportunity to not only share policy challenges and successes from their states, but also to learn new strategies to help ensure there is a future for our time-honored traditions across the country,” said CSF President and CEO Jeff Crane.

As part of RMEF’s support of CSF and its work with Congress and the federal government, RMEF also supports state caucuses, including participating in state advisory committees, supporting local caucus events, and supplying technical advice when legislators need it.

(Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)