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CSF Online Survey

Friday, July 19, 2002

Recognizing a need to protect the interests of America’s outdoor sportsmen, a bipartisan group of U.S. Congressmen created the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) in 1989. In order to create a link between the CSC and outdoor sportsmen, the sporting industry, and conservation organizations, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) was founded shortly after the creation of the CSC. The CSF has now unveiled an online survey, HunterAccess.com, to gather input from sportsmen on access to federal public lands. Approximately 47% of American hunters take part in some hunting activity on federal public lands, and while there have been reports that access to public lands is lacking, specific information that could confirm or deny this suspicion has yet to be compiled.

"HunterAccess.com will allow us to get specific information about the improvements or declines in hunter access to federal public lands from the hunters that have direct knowledge of what is happening on the ground in the places they hunt," stated Matt Hogan, director of conservation policy for the CSF. "While we recognize that this is not a scientific survey, we hope that it will provide important insights that will fill in some gaps and help guide the research we are doing on this issue." Any hunters who have experience with hunting on federal public lands are encouraged to take part in this survey.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.