An impressive package of pro-sportsmen’s legislation is being considered in Congress. Its passage would help repel the anti-fishing and anti-fishing agenda pushed by preservationists and many in the Obama Administration.
“In the ten years I’ve been advocating for sportsmen’s issues for the CSF (Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation), I’ve never seen this much pro-hunting and fishing legislation bundled together with such a good chance of passing. This is occurring in large part due to the bipartisan leadership in the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus,” said Jeff Crane, CSF president.
Called the “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012” (H.R. 4089), the package includes language that would require recreational hunting, shooting and fishing to be recognized activities on all Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands; language that would protect recreational shooting on BLM National Monuments; language to clarify that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have the jurisdiction to regulate traditional ammunition with lead components and lead fishing tackle ; and, language that amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow hunters to import trophies from polar bears that were legally harvested.