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2018 Sportsmen Initiatives

Jason Kemper, Chairman
New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board
What is the Conservation Fund?
 Revenue generated from the sale of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses

 Section 83 - New York State Finance Law (SFL)

 Conservation Fund monies “must be spent for the care, management,
protection, and enlargement of the fish and wildlife resources of the State
and for the promotion of public fishing, hunting and trapping”

 Approximately $40 million in annual revenue that leverages another $30
million in Federal Aid to Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funds

 330 Staff funded out of Conservation Fund at NYSDEC

 Conservation Fund Advisory Board (Appointments, Duties, etc)
New York State Statistics
In New York (2011), 2.11 million hunters and anglers
 spent $4.95 billion in New York State
 created $8 billion ripple effect (#2 in the Nation)
 supported 56,0000 jobs (#5 in the Nation)
 generated $623 million in state and local taxes
NYS Sportsmen Concerns
 Flat to declining license sales
 Reduced revenue for fish and wildlife management
 Reduced economic benefits to New York communities

 Aging population of hunters and anglers
 57% of hunters are 45 years and older (20% > 65 years)
 58% of anglers are 45 year and older (22% > 65 years)
NYS Sportsmen Priorities
 Recruitment of Young Hunters
 Expand opportunities for 12 and 13 year olds

 Expanded Opportunity for Hunting with Crossbows
 Fosters continued, increased participation

 Return on Investment from Fish and Game Trust Account
(revenues from sales of lifetime license)
 Increased $$ support for fish and wildlife management
Recruitment of Young Hunters
 New York Youth Hunters (12 – 15 years old)
 Small game hunting with mentor (12 – 15 years old)

 Big game hunting with mentor
 Archery (12-15 years old)
 Firearm, crossbow (14-15 years old)

 Since 2015, 10% reduction per year in resident youth
license sales

 12 and 13 year olds leaving NYS to Hunt Deer
 (PA, MA, CT, VT, ME, NJ, etc)
Recruitment of Young Hunters
 NYS is Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative

 Governor Cuomo 2017 State of the State (recruitment)

 NYS Deer Management Plan

 Unanimous Support from Sporting Community

 Youth Hunts
 Waterfowl (1800), pheasant (3500), turkey (7500), deer (7100)

 National Archery in Schools Program (167 School Districts, 320
Schools, 30,000 participants)
Youth Hunters are SAFE
 Effective Hunter Education Program
 Mentored
 12 and 13 year olds can already hunt with
firearms (small game)
 Statistics
Expanded Crossbow Use
 Fosters retention of older hunters
 Recruitment tool for 12 and 13 year olds
 Urban/ suburban deer management
 Effective implement, 150’ set back distance

 Additional revenue to Conservation Fund
Fish and Game Trust Account
 Trust account principle = $50 M
 Annual investment income = $0.5 M
 Annualized value of lifetime licenses
= $5.7 M
 Seeking increased return on investment
What Path Forward?
 Legislation
 (S5136 has passed Senate)
 (A477 in Committee)

 NYSDEC Departmental
 Budget Bill (30 day Amendment)
 Executive Commitment
Contact Information
Jason Kemper
Conservation Fund Advisory Board, Region 5
217 Northville Rd.
Edinburg, N.Y. 12134
518-863-8575 (home)
518-281-6864 (cell)
518-884-4705 (office)
nyconservationfund@gmail.com
Visit CFAB Website :
www.dec.ny.gov/about/566.html