In Episode 43 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Cody McLaughlin—a Republican political operative by day, outdoorsman and conservationist by night and weekend. Cody sits on the board of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. He was recently recognized as a “30 Under 30: The Green Generation” winner and Insider NJ’s 2019 Insider 100 winner. 

He discusses the following on today’s episode: 

  • His background and how he got hooked on fishing and hunting
  • Why New Jersey has great fishing and hunting opportunities
  • His work as a Republican political operative and how he reconciles it with conservation
  • An update on the black bear hunt ban and where it stands legally and politically
  • Why conservatives can be conservationists
  • His recent trip to the White House
  • His favorite fish to catch and upcoming hunting plans for fall 2019



  • Gabriella Hoffman

    Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at