Our members live in your backyard—in every county of every state in the nation.
In 2018, 15.7 million American's hunted and 49.4 million Americans fished. Hunting and fishing are important to our economy. Hunters and target shooters spent $44 billion last year supporting 854,000 jobs. In FY 2020 they contributed $917.5 million to state fish and wildlife agencies for Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Programs — $22.9 billion in the history of the programs. Sportsmen and sportswomen–and hunters in general–are an important segment of our society. Their needs and opinions cannot be ignored.
In August of 2000 the Boone and Crockett Club organized an historical conservation summit that has had a profound effect on the future of wildlife. This landmark meeting resulted in the creation of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners—a coalition of 35 wildlife organizations. Today, AWCP has grown to a consortium of 50 organizations that represent the interests of America’s millions of hunter-conservationists, professional wildlife and natural resource managers, outdoor recreation users, conservation educators, and wildlife scientists. While individual organizations have their own primary areas of interest, collectively we all are dedicated to ensuring the vitality of our wildlife resources and providing for sustainable public use and enjoyment of those resources under the science-based management of the state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, in cooperation with habitat and land management by the federal, state, county, and local governments.
Information provided by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
HOW SPORTSMEN AND SPORTSWOMEN SUPPORT THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CONSERVATION FUNDING
LAST YEAR ALONE.... NEARLY $3 BILLION
WILDLIFE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
The American Wildlife Conservation Partners present the following recommendations, Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume VI, for the next White House Administration and the next two Congresses. Adoption of these recommendations will improve federal agencies’ stewardship of our nation’s fish, wildlife, and habitats and enhance access to federal lands and waters for outdoor and wildlife-associated recreation, which contribute significantly to the quality of life and economic well-being of our citizens and future generations. These recommendations represent a general agreement of the partners, and each partner organization reserves the right to establish independent positions on any issue herein for the next four years.
Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume VI is available for download at left, or download individual recommendations below.
AWCP SIGN-ON LETTERS
In order to further the mission of AWCP, to ensure wildlife conservation, and sustainable public use of these natural resources, AWCP members interact and engage with federal agencies and Congress regularly to advance policies, both legislative and regulatory, which promote wildlife conservation and public access to lands.
Below are letters sent to Members of Congress, Congressional committees, federal agencies, and other governing entities, from various AWCP groups. Click on individual letters to download a PDF.
American Woodcock Society | Archery Trade Association | Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies | Backcountry Hunters & Anglers | Bear Trust International | Boone and Crockett Club | California Waterfowl Association | Camp Fire Club of America | Catch A Dream Foundation | Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation | Conservation Force | Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports | Dallas Safari Club | Delta Waterfowl Foundation | Ducks Unlimited | Houston Safari Club | International Hunter Education Association - USA | Izaak Walton League of America | Masters of Foxhounds Association | Mule Deer Foundation | National Association of Forest Service Retirees | National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative | National Deer Association | National Rifle Association | National Shooting Sports Foundation | National Trappers Association | National Wild Turkey Federation | National Wildlife Federation | National Wildlife Refuge Association | North American Falconers Association | North American Grouse Partnership | Orion – The Hunter’s Institute | Pheasants Forever, Inc. | Quail Forever | Pope and Young Club | Professional Outfitters and Guides of America | Public Lands Foundation | Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation | Ruffed Grouse Society | Safari Club International | Shikar Safari Club | Sportsmen’s Alliance | Texas Wildlife Association | The Conservation Fund | The Wildlife Society | Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership | Tread Lightly! | Whitetails Unlimited | Wild Sheep Foundation | Wildlife Forever | Wildlife Management Institute | Wildlife Mississippi
AWCP STEERING COMMITTEE
2022 Chair – Tony Schoonen
Boone and Crockett Club
2022 Vice-Chair – Dan Wrinn
Terms Expire 2022
James Cummins, Wildlife Mississippi
David McConnaughey, Campfire Club of America
Caroline Murphy, The Wildlife Society
Taylor Schmitz, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Terms Expire 2023
Kevin Hurley, Wild Sheep Foundation
Collin O'Mara, National Wildlife Federation
Torin Miller, National Deer Association
Dan Wrinn, Ducks Unlimited
Terms Expire 2024
John Devney, Delta Waterfowl
Dan Forster, Archery Trade Association
Jim Inglis, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
Kurt Thiede, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Executive Committee (preceding Chairs)
Joel Pedersen, National Wild Turkey Federation
Len Vallender, Camp Fire Club of America
Tom Franklin, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (retired)
Jen Mock Schaeffer, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Blake Henning, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation