NEBRASKAland December 2018

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Presented by NEBRASKA SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL Let's Go Hunting! SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL DECEMBER 2018 • NEBRASKAland 57 T he first National R3 Symposium was held in Lincoln May 21-23, 2018. R3 stands for recruitment, retention and reactivation. Representatives from 40 state fish and wildlife agencies and many non-profit and industry members met at the symposium to discuss the future of hunting. Many have heard that hunter numbers in the United States are in a decline. The latest (2016) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report released shows hunter numbers are down to 11.5 million in the U.S., which is about 5.6 percent of the populati on, and new hunter recruitment at about 3.5 percent. Furthermore, current estimates for 2018 put that number down to 10 million. R3 is a national initiative by most state game and fish agencies to help reverse this trend. Did you know that approximately 80 percent of all the dollars that go into wildlife conservation in North America are the result of various taxes on the sales of hunting, shooting and fishing related purchases? The North American Conservation Model depends on this vital income, so every purchase we make is important to the success of conservation in our country. The R3 initiative has many state, federal, industry and NGO members such as Safari Club International, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Pheasants Forever. To improve hunter retention, recruitment and reactivation, these groups are working together to develop strategic short- term and long-term partnerships to encourage these goals. Our own Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is working as stewards of our resources to protect our interests. They have worked hard to develop hunter education, making Nebraska a safe and enjoyable hunting experience for hunters of all ages. They protect our wildlife with regulations that improve hunting opportunities. They have worked with private landowners to make 230,000 acres of private lands available for public hunting through the Open Fields and Waters program. Hunters will find many opportunities to enjoy the lands enrolled in this program. Nebraska is also a member of the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports to protect and promote participation in hunting and the shooting sports for future generations. Their action plan includes goals to increase participation in the hunting and shooting sports. Please join us in supporting all participants in the R3 initiative. The Nebraska Chapter of Safari Club is a proud supporter. We sponsor and support education and youth activities with dollars in our state. ■ For more information please contact us at or by calling 402-214 -8270. You can also visit our website at SAFA SAFA SAFA SAFARI C RI C RI C RI CLUB LUB LUB LUB INTE INTE INTE INTERNAT RNAT RNAT RNATIONA IONA IONA IONAL

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