Board Members

The Council’s Board of Directors is made up of a variety of Non-Profit and Conservation Groups, Firearms and Archery Industry leaders and State Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The Council’s strength, and this unique opportunity, comes from the depth and breadth of its stakeholders and the powerful assets they bring to bear.

Current CAHSS Board of Directors

Current Board of Directors

Industry Representatives

Archery Trade Association, Jay McAninch, President/CEO

Bohning Archery, Mike Barnes, Vice President

Cabela’s, Scott Williams, ‎EVP, CMO and Chief E-Commerce Officer

Easton Foundations, Doug Engh, Outreach Director

National Shooting Sports Foundation, Steve Sanetti, President

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., Joe Bartozzi, Senior Vice President

Primos Hunting Calls, Jimmy Primos, COO

Non-Governmental Organizations

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Ron Regan, Executive Director

Boone & Crockett Club, Becky Humphries

Congressional Sportsmen Foundation, Jeff Crane, CEO

Ducks Unlimited, Dale Hall, CEO

Izaak Walton League of America, Scott Kovarovics, Executive Director

National Field Archery Association, Bruce Cull, President

National Rifle Association, Chris Cox, Executive Director

National Wild Turkey Federation, Becky Humphries, CEO

Pheasants Forever, Howard Vincent, CEO

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, David Allen, CEO

Safari Club International

USA Archery

Wildlife Management Institute, Steve Williams, President

State Representatives

Arizona, Larry Voyles, Director

Florida, Nick Wiley, Executive Director

Indiana, Mark Reiter, Director

Kansas, Keith Sexson, Assistant Secretary

New Jersey, David Chanda, Director

South Dakota, Kelly Hepler, Director

Utah, Greg Sheehan, Director

Texas, Ross Melinchuk, Deputy Executive Director

 

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Carol Bambery, Board Counsel

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (ex officio) Paul Rauch

International Hunter Education Association- USA, Megan Wisecup, President

Non-Profit and Conservation Groups


Boone and Crockett Club
It is the mission of the Boone and Crockett Club to promote the conservation and management of wildlife, especially big game, and its habitat, to preserve and encourage hunting and to maintain the highest ethical standards of fair chase and sportsmanship in North America.
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s sole focus is providing access and a voice for sportsmen in the U.S. Congress, the Administration and federal land management agencies, as well as state legislatures across the country. With support from every major hunting and fishing organization and industry, CSF is the leader in promoting sportsmen’s issues with elected officials.
Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited.
Izaak Walton League
Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations. With a powerful grassroots network of more than 250 local chapters nationwide, the League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country’s natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.
National Field Archery Association
The National Field Archery Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the sport of archery. The NFAA is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of game and its natural habitat. It is resolved to foster, perpetuate and preserve “the use of the bow in accordance with its ancient and honorable traditions.”
National Wild Turkey Federation
The NWTF — a national nonprofit organization — is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. We are sportsmen, women and children who care deeply about our natural resources and the wild places we love to hunt. We cherish the memory of the ridge top gobbler we hunted last spring and fondly remember the cornfield where we saw that big buck at sunset two years ago. Collectively, we come from all walks of life to engage in conservation and preserve the hunting heritage we all hold dear.
Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs. At the heart of Pheasants Forever is the unique grassroots system of fundraising and project development that allows members to see the direct result of their contributions. As a result, chapter volunteers are able to see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is a conservationist organization, founded in the United States, with the mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, and their habitat. In support of this mission the RMEF is committed to:

  • Conserving, restoring, and enhancing natural habitats;
  • Promoting the sound management of wild, free-ranging elk, which may be hunted or otherwise enjoyed;
  • Fostering cooperation among federal, state, tribal, and private organizations and individuals in wildlife management and habitat conservation; and
  • Educating members and the public about habitat conservation, the value of hunting, hunting ethics, and wildlife management.
Safari Club International
Protecting hunters’ rights and promoting wildlife conservation, Safari Club International’s two areas of focus, historically has been the interest of hundreds of individuals long before SCI was established. Today, interest in SCI’s two primary missions has grown a worldwide network. Subsequent involvement and promotion of these missions is rooted in each of our 55,000 members, supported through each of our 190 membership chapters found across the globe, and put into action by government representatives and personnel both nationally and internationally.
USA Archery
USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the National Archery Association, known today as USA Archery, was formed in 1879 to foster and promote the sport of archery. USA Archery is the organization recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee for the purpose of selecting and training men’s and women’s teams to represent the U.S. in Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and Pan American Games. USA Archery also selects teams for World Championships and other international competitions annually. Membership in USA Archery is open to everyone involved in all disciplines of archery. USA Archery sanctions more than 300 events annually and conducts national championships.
USA Shooting
USA Shooting, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. The organization implements and manages development programs and sanctions events at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, USA Shooting has a full-time staff dedicated to furthering the sport and supporting athletes and members of the organization. The organization has a USA Shooting News magazine publication, as well as public and member specific web sites.
Wildlife Management Institute
WMI was established in 1911 by sportsmen/businessmen gravely concerned about the dramatic declines of many wildlife populations. Its founders saw need for a small, independent and aggressive cadre of people dedicated to restoring and ensuring the well-being of wild populations and their habitats. WMI supports the wise use of wildlife, including regulated recreational hunting of designated populations. WMI endorses the proposition of game management, the concept of biological diversity and principles of ecology. It recognizes that wildlife management must be a skillful blend of science and art in relation to dynamic human circumstances, values and expectations.
International Hunter Education Association-USA
The International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) – USA is the professional hunter education association affiliated with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the 50 state fish and hunter education programs. The programs employ 55,000 instructors, many of whom are volunteers, that  teach hunting and shooting safety and responsibilities throughout the United States.

Firearms and Archery Industry


Archery Trade Association
The Archery Trade Association is the organization for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, sales representatives and others working in the archery and bowhunting industry. The ATA has served its members since 1953. It is dedicated to making the industry profitable by decreasing business overhead, reducing taxes and government regulation, and increasing participation in archery and bowhunting. As part of its cooperative work with state agencies, ATA launched the Community Archery Programs (CAP) in 2006. This strategy promotes archery in urban areas as a recreational activity equal to other sports enjoyed by most Americans.
The Bohning Company
The Bohning Company is one of the cornerstones of today’s archery industry. Bohning is committed to developing and marketing only the highest quality solutions for the problems experienced in the industries we serve. It is our company’s firm conviction that the benefits of growth and the confidence and respect of the people and firms we serve can only be achieved by maintaining or improving the quality of each and every Bohning product.
Cabela's
Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, was born somewhat inadvertently in 1961 when Dick Cabela came up with a plan to sell fishing flies he purchased while at a furniture show in Chicago. Upon returning home to Chappell, Nebraska, Dick ran a classified ad in the Casper, Wyoming, newspaper reading: “12 hand-tied flies for $1.” It generated one response. The foundation of the company is its world-famous catalog business. The company produces nearly 100 different catalogs per year, including specialty books focusing on such outdoor pursuits as archery, fly-fishing and boating, as well as massive Spring and Fall Master catalogs. Internationally known as a source of affordable, high-quality outdoor equipment, Cabela’s catalogs are shipped to all 50 states and 125 countries.
Easton Sports Development Foundation
The goal of the Easton Foundation is to promote and maintain the viability of archery by growing the sport as a mainstream activity at the state, regional and national level. This will be accomplished by developing grassroots programs in communities and schools, supporting college and university programs and through these efforts inspire the next generation of Olympic hopefuls.
National Rifle Association
While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly five million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs. As former Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos said, “Let me make one small vote for the NRA. They’re good citizens. They call their congressmen. They write. They vote. They contribute. And they get what they want over time.”
National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers.
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.
Since 1919, Mossberg® has been the leader in introducing important design breakthroughs to the firearm industry. Many product features pioneered by Mossberg® are now the standards by which all modern firearms are judged. The shooting sports have been an American tradition for generations. Today, thousands of sportsmen and sportswomen focus their energy on the betterment of the shooting sports by participating in national and local organizations. We sincerely appreciate these efforts, and we salute all future members for continuing our proud heritage.
Primos Calls
Ask any hunter who makes the best game calls and chances are you’ll hear the name Primos. Many call companies specialize in making calls for one type of game species. Primos makes calls for every category of game species hunted in North America. Everything Primos does, they do exceptionally well. From a gleam in the eye of a young boy who was fascinated with calling in ducks, Primos Hunting Calls has grown into a major force in the hunting industry.

 

State Fish and Wildlife Agencies


Arizona Game and Fish Department
The mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department is to conserve, enhance, and restore Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and habitats through aggressive protection and management programs, and to provide wildlife resources and safe watercraft and off-highway vehicle recreation for the enjoyment, appreciation, and use by present and future generations.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came into existence on July 1, 1999 – the result of a constitutional amendment approved in the 1998 General Election as part of the package proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission..
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to professionally manage Indiana’s fish and wildlife for present and future generations, balancing ecological, recreational, and economic benefits. Indiana statute defines the authority and responsibilities of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife: The [Division of Fish & Wildlife] shall . . . provide for the protection, reproduction, care, management, survival and regulation of wild animal populations regardless of whether the wild animals are present on public or private property . . . [and] Organize and pursue a program of research and management of wild animals that will serve the best interests of the resources and the people of Indiana..
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Fish and game laws were first organized in the state of Kansas in the form of the Kansas Fish and Game Department in 1905. In 1911, State Fish and Game Department was placed under supervision of the University of Kansas Board of Regents. Another reorganization occurred in 1925 when the Fish and Game Department became the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission, consisting of three members appointed by the Governor. In 1987, Governor Mike Hayden signed an executive order merging the State Parks and Resources Authority and the Kansas Fish and Game Commission to form the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
The mission of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and manage the State’s fish and wildlife to maximize their long-term biological, recreational and economic values for all New Jerseyans. The N.J. Division is a professional environmental agency dedicated to the protection, management and wise use of New Jersey’s fish and wildlife resources. The Division is within the Natural and Historic Resources Group in the NJ Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of Assistant Commissioner Richard Boornazian.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
The purpose of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota’s wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors, and to give the highest priority to the welfare of this state’s wildlife and parks, and their environment, in planning and decisions.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’  Our mission is to serve the people of Utah as trustee and guardian of the state’s wildlife opportunities. The Division of Wildlife Resources maintains sustainable and diverse wildlife populations that are valuable to all citizens of Utah. Agency goal: Improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Division of Wildlife Resources.Resource goal: Expand wildlife populations and conserve sensitive species by protecting and improving wildlife habitat. Constituency goal: Achieve broad-based support for division programs and budgets by demonstrating the value of wildlife to all citizens of Utah.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ mission is to manage Virginia’s wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth; to provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation and to work diligently to safeguard the rights of the people to hunt, fish and harvest game as provided for in the Constitution of Virginia; to promote safety for persons and property in connection with boating, hunting and fishing and to provide educational outreach programs and materials that foster an awareness of and appreciation for Virginia’s fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, and hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities.
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the Department of the Interior. Our mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.