Rep. Robert Ross was selected Wednesday by his colleagues to serve as the chair of the Missouri Sportsmen’s Caucus

Rep. Robert Ross will now lead a group of his legislative colleagues as they work to preserve and protect the rights and interests of hunters and outdoorsmen in Missouri.

Ross was selected Wednesday by his colleagues to serve as the chair of the Missouri Sportsmen’s Caucus during the group’s annual squirrel gravy breakfast at the State Capitol. The caucus is part of the National Assembly of Sportmen’s Caucus. It was formed in the Missouri General Assembly in 2003 to help protect the rights of hunters, fishermen and trappers.

Ross replaced Rep. Eric Burlison, who stepped down as chair after serving in the position for the last five years. Ross said he and Burlison plan to work closely together in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.

“It’s an honor to be selected for this position and I look forward to working with my fellow sportsmen to build on the successes achieved by Rep. Burlison and the many sportsmen in the Missouri General Assembly,” said Ross, R-Yukon, who noted that the caucus has grown to become the largest in the nation under Burlison’s leadership. Ross said the caucus has been responsible for holding several conceal and carry courses that have provided training to hundreds of legislators and legislative staffers, while also assisting/promoting youth involvement in hunting and shooting sports.

“Hunting, fishing and trapping are not only a vital part of the history of our state, but our future as well,” Ross said. “As a caucus we will continue to work together to protect the rights and interests of all of Missouri’s sportsmen, while promoting and preserving our heritage for future generations of Missourians.”

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