State lawmakers in the House and Senate are announcing the creation of a new ad-hoc committee with the purpose of promoting and protecting sportsmen’s heritage in the First State.

The Delaware Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, which is a bipartisan and bicameral committee, will be jointly chaired by Reps. Jeff Spiegelman (R-Clayton) and William Carson (D-Smyrna) and Senators Brian Pettyjohn (R-Georgetown) and Bruce Ennis (D-Smyrna). The group is being formed under the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) that has a membership network base of over 2,000 state legislators. Delaware becomes the 48th state to form the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.

The mission of the Delaware Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is as follows:

Protect and advance the traditional rights of Delaware’s citizens to hunt, fish, and pursue outdoor activities; Ensure that Delaware’s sportsmen and women have reasonable access to public lands to enjoy outdoor pursuits; Protect the investment of sportsmen and women in wildlife and fisheries management by safeguarding the integrity of the American System of Conservation Funding; Support efforts to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife habitat; and Recognize the importance of hunting, angling and other outdoor activities to our state’s and nation’s economy and support the maintenance and growth of outdoor related industries and activities. The four co-chairs are in the process of reaching out to their colleagues in the House and Senate to see which members have an interest in participating in the Sportsmen’s Caucus. “It is our hope that they will join us in this important endeavor to protect and advance these great traditions and support professional wildlife management. There is no cost associated with becoming a member, just a willingness to be a voice for our outdoor heritage,” stated Rep. Spiegelman.

“The activities that this caucus will promote are ones that have been passed down from generation to generation. As an avid hunter and fisherman, and having so many avid hunters and fishermen in Delaware, it's extremely important that we maintain this legacy that is so important to many of our friends, neighbors, and constituents throughout the state,” said Senator Pettyjohn.

The co-chairs said that an organizational meeting of the Delaware Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is expected before the legislature reconvenes in January. As soon as the first meeting has been set, the public will be notified. If you are interested in receiving periodic updates from the caucus, please contact Stephanie Mantegna at Stephanie.Mantegna@state.de.us.