Future of Hunting workshop slated for Bismarck

The North Dakota Wildlife Federation and the North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society will host the fourth Future of Hunting in North Dakota workshop on Dec. 14, at the Ramada Inn in Bismarck from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and to all sportsmen and wildlife groups

At the first Future conference in March 2012, the participants selected three priorities: habitat, access and supporting the Outdoor Heritage measure. Attendees at the Future 2 workshop, December 2012, sent a letter to Gov. Jack Dalrymple supporting an increased Game and Fish Department budget, the PLOTS program and the Conservation Reserve Program. At the May 2013 Future 3, the group concentrated their efforts on the Farm Bill, the Conservation Reserve Program, conservation provisions and compliance within the Farm Bill, and on nominations for the Advisory Committee for the legislatively created Outdoor Heritage Fund.

The fourth Future of Hunting in North Dakota will focus on recommendations for the Farm Bill in Congress, proposals for landscape level projects for the Outdoor Heritage Fund, nomination of special areas for consideration by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, and actions that individual sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife and conservation organizations can take to make hunting and habitat protection a priority with our elected and appointed officials.

There is a $ 10 registration to help cover coffee, snacks, lunch and workshop expenses. Registration will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. the morning of the conference. Attendees are asked to RSVP at the ND Wildlife Federation 888-222-2557 to plan for arrangements, meals and handouts, or contact Mike McEnroe at 224-8335.