State Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation Strut to Support State Caucuses Washington, DC: The National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) received a pledge of $75,000 from National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) state chapters during the NWTF 29th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Fifteen chapters each committed $5,000 to their state's sportsmen's caucus bringing the NWTF and its chapters' total investment in the NASC for 2005 to $125,000. Recognizing the critical importance of having an identified group of allies in state legislatures to promote and protect our outdoor heritage, the NWTF has been a valuable partner in forming the NASC and helping to push the state caucus program forward. When NWTF committed funds from the national organization, they reached out to their chapters and encouraged them to join in with financial assistance. The Alabama, California, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin chapters answered the call to help support or create state legislative sportsmen's caucuses in their backyard. "To many sportsmen, politics may seem a million miles away from hunting and fishing but being on the front lines is the key to protecting our hunting heritage," said Rob Keck, CEO for the NWTF. "The NWTF's volunteers know how important it is that the sportsmen's voice is heard by state decision makers. That's why the NWTF and 15 of our chapters have stepped up to the plate to support expanding and improving the network of state legislative sportsmen's caucuses across the United States." During the chapter president's meeting at the convention, Jeff Crane, Director of Policy and Programs of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, and Aaron Hobbs, State Caucus Manager of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, presented the 15 state NWTF Chapter Presidents with NASC caps and lapel pins to formally thank the chapters for their support. "The support and involvement of state hunting and fishing organizations is critical to the success of state sportsmen's caucuses," stated Crane. "We are overwhelmed not only with the financial support of National Wild Turkey Federation state chapters, but also from their active involvement. We thank these state chapters for seeing the value of this initiative and making the commitment to be part of the solution." -30- About NASC: Launched in December 2004, the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses is the national network of state legislative sportsmen's caucuses. The NASC assists in the formation of new sportsmen's caucuses and provides the venue for focused interaction and idea exchange among state caucus leaders, sportsmen's groups, industry, media and other potential partners. For additional information, visit the NASC website at www.statesportsmenslink.org or call 202-543-6850.