Plate assists in creating new shooting sports declaration

Plate assists in creating new shooting sports declaration Bruce Plate, Vermillion, South Dakota Shooting Sports Association board member, teamed with more than 170 leaders from the hunting and shooting sports industry, conservation organizations and media in developing a historic "Declaration of Investment in Tomorrow" which outlines a strategy and action plan to promote and defend outdoor traditions.

Plate, who is also one of three leaders of the Clay County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, participated in the recent 2000 Shooting Sports Summit in Phoenix, AZ. During the three-day conference, leaders from all segments of the hunting and shooting sports community discussed key challenges and opportunities facing the future of hunting and shooting sports.

In keeping with the theme of "Focusing Our Vision and Actions," Plate and other summit participants hammered out 37 specific action points aimed at removing barriers to first-time participation in target shooting, increasing participation in hunting, regaining the rightful and responsible image of hunting and shooting, increasing access to top-notch shooting facilities and impacting the upcoming elections.

"Developing this 'declaration' has helped us define our goals," Plate said. "It gives us a starting point as we focus attention on and build a commitment for the future of our outdoor traditions."

A complete copy of the Declaration of Investment in Tomorrow is available by writing: National Shooting Sports Foundation, 11 Mile Hill Road, Newton, CT 06470, or accessing www.nssf.org.

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