Every year hunters and anglers are harassed while trying to pursue fish and game. These are tough situations that many times are not resolved unless game wardens are called to mediate the peace. Most states have tough laws that protect sportsmen some are lacking in one way or another.
One of those lacking states just became a lot tougher on hunter/angler harassment. According to the Sportsmen’s Alliance, Gov. DeSantis of Florida just signed a bill that added much needed protection for both hunters and anglers.
SB 1414 extends protection to hunters and anglers no matter what type of land they choose to recreate on. Before the bill was passed, Florida law prohibited the intentional harassment of hunters, trappers or fisherman and/or the prevention of the lawful taking of legal fish or game in the state only if it was state-owned property.
Senate Bill 1414 clarified the intent of the hunter/angler harassment law, and clearly states protections for sportsmen from harassment on all lawful Florida public fishing and hunting lands, including federal property.
“The Sportsmen’s Alliance has been the leading organization championing strong hunter harassment laws across the U.S. We appreciate Gov. DeSantis signing Senate Bill 1414, which provides greater protection of our Florida members,” said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “When sportsmen and women exercise their rights and pursue their passions, they should be able to do so without fear for their privacy or personal safety.”
This was a much needed update and is great news for hunters and anglers.