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Mule Deer Foundation, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Establish Formal Partnership to Further Conservation Priorities

September 16, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) – Earlier this week, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), the leading advocate for sportsmen and women in the political arena, and the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF), the only conservation group focused on mule deer and black-tailed deer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify their collaboration. Defining and establishing a recognized partnership between CSF and MDF—primarily at the national level, but also at the state level—will allow each party to benefit by providing increased access to the unique resources of the other through collaboration. 

The purpose of this MOU is to advance the shared goals of the MDF and CSF through joint action, communication, and interaction between MDF staff and volunteers, and the CSF States Program Team and federal staff.  The establishment of a coordinated working relationship provides an opportunity to combine the power of CSF’s legislative knowledge and network with MDF’s membership numbers and state chapters to effectively guide policy in a way that encourages active sportsmen participation in the legislative process and supports science-based wildlife management.

“CSF and the Mule Deer Foundation have worked together on western conservation efforts for many years, but this MOU will increase our ability to work together to ensure that MDF members and supporters can be even more engaged on the policy issues that affect them,” said CSF president and CEO Jeff Crane. “We are excited to establish a formal partnership to further conservation interests of this nation’s great outdoor traditions.”

“The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation plays a unique role in our community through their strong relationships with members of Congress, governors, and state legislators,” said MDF President/CEO Joel Pedersen. “Conservation and sportsmen’s issues go hand in hand in the West and this partnership will increase our effectiveness in working with our elected officials to restore deer habitat and sustain our sporting heritage.”


About Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation

Founded in 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) is the informed authority across outdoor issues and serves as the primary conduit for influencing public policy. Working with the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC), and the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), CSF gives a voice to hunters, anglers, recreational shooters, and trappers on Capitol Hill and throughout state capitols advocating on vital outdoor issues that are the backbone of our nation's conservation legacy. For more information on CSF's policy work, visit

About MDF 
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation. Get involved in your state or become a member at or call (801) 973-3940.

CSF President & CEO Jeff Crane (left) and MDF President & CEO Joel Pedersen (right) sign a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize partnership at CSF’s 33rd Annual Banquet and Auction.

Working with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting,
angling, recreational shooting and trapping.
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