It is not often that we get good news coming out of Washington, DC, but today we did. A huge pro-hunting bill passed the natural resource committee in a unanimous vote.
According to the Sportsmen’s Alliance, HR 877, also known as the “Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act,” passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously.
If enacted into law, state fish and game agencies will be able to utilize Pittman-Robertson funds to promote hunting, target shooting and educate the public on the role that hunting and recreational shooting play in funding wildlife conservation. Additionally, funds can also be used to enhance access for hunting and recreational shooting.
“For decades, Pittman Robertson dollars have been earmarked for many beneficial projects that support conservation,” said Bruce Tague vice president of government affairs for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “This legislation recognizes the challenges facing hunting and, by extension, the financial underpinning of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. It will also allow states to utilize these dollars to implement and support activities to attract and retain hunters. We call on Congress to move quickly on this important measure.”
This is a really big deal for hunters. Hunter numbers are declining across the country and a lot of conservation projects are underfunded. I like how the bill focuses on hunter access which is one of the biggest challenges facing modern hunters.
We will keep an eye on this bill and when it is brought up before congress we will let you know so you can contact your congressman and ask them to vote “Yes.”