U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES BIPARTISIAN SPORTSMEN’S ACT
The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2016 has passed out of committee and now it is up to us to do everything we can to see that it gets passed.
The Bills that make up The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act include the most critical items for the hunting and conservation community. This includes a key provision sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R- Montana) directing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species List. Despite greatly exceeding population targets for delisting, anti-hunting groups have, for years, successfully used the Federal Courts to keep wolves protected.
The Act revises a variety of existing programs to expand access opportunities for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting. The bill would require land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service must by default, be open for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting unless the managing agency finds cause to close the land. The language will protect hunting and increase hunting access on millions of acres of public land. Perhaps most importantly, trapping would be included under the definition of “hunting” for the first time in Federal Law.
The attempt by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to include a ban on trapping on the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System failed after committee members received a deluge of emails and letters from trappers, the fur industry and state wildlife agencies
The committee also rejected an attempt by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) to remove language preventing the EPA from regulating lead in ammunition.
Sen. Boxer is a regular opponent of pro-hunting measures. She has committed to publicly fight the
Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act on the floor, and is seeking to organize a filibuster.
Sportsmen calls are needed immediately.
Please contact both your Senators and encourage them to support the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2016. You can find the contact information for your Senators at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm