I have been with Sportfish since 2008 and have a broad fishing background. I am an instructor at the Sportfish Reading store in both single and double handed disciplines for trout and salmon. When not teaching at the store or helping in the shop I can be found guiding chalkstreams for trout in the summer and grayling in the winter.
The Fall Hunting Classic celebrates the role hunters play in ongoing wildlife conservation efforts. Hunters are the largest contributors to wildlife conservation through the hunting licenses, tags and stamps they buy. Another important source of funding for state wildlife conservation efforts are the excise taxes sportsmen and women pay on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program (WSFR). In 2015, WSFR provided $1.1 billion through the sale of hunting and fishing equipment to support habitat conservation and outdoor recreation. Since the program’s inception 78 years ago more than $18 billion have been distributed to states for this great work. Those dollars, combined with hunting license fees, provide more than 75 percent of the funding for most state fish and wildlife agencies. Sportsmen and women contribute nearly $8 million to conservation every day through license fees, stamps, permits, excise taxes, and contributions to conservation groups.