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February 7, 2020

Media Contact: Sawyer Connelly

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports is seeking snapshot proposals to highlight partners’ innovative efforts to recruit, retain, and reactivate outdoor participants as part of the 2020 National R3 Symposium. The 2020 National R3 Symposium will be held in Broken Arrow, OK, on May 12-14. The event, the second of its kind with the first occurring in 2018, offers the chance for conservation partners – including industry, fish and wildlife agencies, and non-profits – a chance to gather and discuss the latest trends and opportunities in R3 across the country.

“In the last five years, conservation partners have made investments in their organizations’ efforts to recruit, retain, and reactivate hunters, target shooters, anglers, boaters, and other outdoor recreationists. Innovative ideas have been tested, and partners are just starting to evaluate what impacts their efforts are having. We’re asking partners to share Snapshots of their R3 efforts – their wins and lessons learned – so that others can learn from and build on their efforts in the future,” commented Samantha Pedder, Director of Operations for the Council.

“The needs of R3 professionals are evolving, and the Council has committed to hosting an event that reflects the current needs of the R3 community. With the recommendations of the Symposium Steering Committee, we added this section to the agenda this year with the hope that attendees will take advantage of this great opportunity to learn from each other,” stated Kristen Black, Manager of Communications and Human Dimensions for the Council.

Snapshot proposals should address current challenges and opportunities within the R3 movement, and should highlight the organization’s R3 solutions to address these. The Council will give priority to snapshot proposals that demonstrate innovative ways of addressing recruitment, retention, and reactivation through strong partnerships and collaboration across industry, agency, and non-profit organizations. Submission categories include the topics of mentoring, targeting new audiences, target shooting efforts, marketing, technology, and more. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes, and PowerPoints must be submitted prior to the event. Please note that this is not a funding pitch, but an opportunity to highlight how partners can connect with your organization on R3.

The deadline for submissions is March 8, 2020. Selected presenters will be notified by March 18, 2020. Please visit this link to fill out the submission form.

Registration for the 2020 National R3 Symposium will open Feb. 12, 2020. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, to view the event agenda and book travel arrangements, please visit: