EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation is pleased to see H.R. 2591, the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2017, approved by the U.S. House of Representatives today. We would like to express our appreciation to Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) and the other sponsors of this important legislation for their dedication.
Sponsored by Scott and original co-sponsors Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), H.R. 2591 authorizes a portion of the funds allotted in the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act, for state fish and wildlife agencies’ use to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters and recreational shooters. The legislation provides agencies more flexibility to use the funding to appeal to potential hunters and shooters and to create public shooting ranges to encourage more participation.
“Hunting and recreational shooting provide vital funding to state fish and wildlife agencies to deliver on-the-ground conservation and sustainable management of wildlife and their habitat,” said NWTF CEO Becky Humphries. “The increased ability to attract and retain new hunters and recreational shooters provided by this legislation ensures funding for conservation into the future.”
The NWTF also extends thanks to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop and leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives for their support of this important legislation. With the number of active hunters and recreational shooters on the decline, this legislation is crucial to our nation’s hunting heritage.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.