Contact your U.S. Senator today and urge him or her to support the Senate equivalent of House’s Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089).
According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), the House version is a compilation of three Senate bills, S. 2066, S. 1066, and S. 838, “and an additional provision that promotes and advances our hunting and recreational fishing and shooting heritage.”
Forty groups recently joined the CSF in sending a letter to Senate leadership in support of the legislation. They include American Sportfishing Association, B.A.S.S., Coastal Conservation Association, Shimano, and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Here are some of the highlights from the House bill:
- requires hunting and recreational shooting and fishing to be recognized activities on all Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands;
- protects recreational shooting on National Monuments under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management;
- amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow hunters who legally harvested polar bears in Canada prior to its listing under the Endangered Species Act to purchase permits in order to transport their trophies into the U.S.;
- and clarifies that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the jurisdiction to regulate traditional ammunition with lead components and lead fishing tackle.