But a new poll of a thousand self-identified hunters and fisherman, run by American Viewpoint and commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation, suggests that something else might be driving hunters and anglers: the desire to conserve places to hunt and fish. Forty-seven percent of fisherman, 40 percent of hunters and 47 percent of those who do both told pollsters that “Gun rights are important, but conservation is just as important. Thirty-six percent said that gun rights were the most important issue. A quarter of the sportsmen polled were undecided as to who to vote for, and of those, 52 percent put conservation on par with gun rights. (The nonprofit group didn't ask who they'd vote for for legal reasons.)
“One of the most cherished things in life is to pass on a love of the outdoors from father to son,” said Davey Crockett, a sportsman descended six generations from the ‘coonskin cap hero, at an NWF event Wednesday.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), on hand for the reception, said that he wasn’t sure how many sportsmen were in his district. “We have great ponds in Central Park and they’re stocked,” he said. “But there’s no fishing allowed.”