U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Expansion of Hunting and Fishing on National Wildlife Refuges
Effective November 8, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a final rule to open or expand opportunities for hunting and fishing on 10 national wildlife refuges across the country. This expansion will increase hunting and fishing opportunities on 132,000 refuge acres across the nation. Hunting is now permitted on a total of 373 refuges and fishing is allowed on 311 refuges throughout the system.
Wildlife Conservation Groups Support Modernizing Conservation Funding Program
On November 6, nearly 30 leading wildlife conservation organizations, including the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), sent a letter to the House Natural Resources Committee in strong support of the Pittman-Robertson Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2591), which authorizes state fish and wildlife agencies to use Pittman-Robertson funds for hunter recruitment and retention efforts.
California: Hunting and Conservation Coalition Holds Fall Meeting
On November 2, the California Hunting and Conservation Coalition held its quarterly meeting in Roseville, California. The Coalition represents a diverse group of hunting, conservation, and recreational shooting groups in that state aimed at advancing California's outdoor sporting traditions.
Wisconsin: Apprentice Hunting Bill Approved by Legislature, Sent to Governor
On November 7, the Wisconsin Senate approved Assembly Bill (AB) 455 by a vote of 21 - 12, and now awaits the signature of Governors Sportsmen's Caucus Member Governor Scott Walker. Sponsored by Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Terry Moulton and Representative Joel Kleefisch, the bill removes restrictions on Wisconsin's popular mentored hunting program. Read More > >