February/March Sportsmen's Monthly 2014 | Page 2

President A LETTER FROM THE I have had the opportunity over the last couple of months to present to a number of audiences across the country at various events. I am probably one of the few people you will meet who actually enjoys talking to large groups and if you have known me for any length of time you are aware that I always love hearing or telling a good story. My family will tell you that I have been telling hunting and fishing stories, a few of them true, since the time I could talk. All joking aside, I love telling the story of U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and how the organization exists for the sole purpose of protecting our outdoor heritage. Being a passionate outdoorsman makes most of my presentations easy to give because they come from my heart. That being said, there is one slide in my typical 50 slide deck that brings out my strongest feelings. Slide 42 depicts a simple cartoon of a “boss” type figure asking for the assistant to send someone to his office to blame for a mistake that has been made. I use this comic to illustrate that it is everyone’s responsibility to defend our outdoor heritage, and that if we lose aspects of it or even entire opportunities, there will be nobody to blame but ourselves as an outdoor community. There is no room for assuming that someone, somewhere is taking care of it. We are here to lead the fight against anti-hunting interests and animal rights extremists, but our only chance of winning is with you by our side. Nick Pinizzotto | President and CEO Identification Statement Sportsmen’s Monthly is published by The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance & The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation 801 Kingsmill Parkway Columbus, OH 43229 Ph: (614) 888-4868 Fax: (614) 888-0326 E-mail: [email protected] Know? Did you The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that will allow hunting on private property on Sundays in the Commonwealth. The legislation allows Sunday hunting on private land during designated hunting seasons by hunters who have the written permission of landowners. Information may be reprinted with credit to the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance 2 Sportsmen’s Monthly February/March 2014