EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation is pleased to see U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources pass H.R. 877, Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act.
The NWTF would like to extend its thanks to 2019 NWTF Government Partner award recipient Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga, and original co-sponsors Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich, for their continued support and dedication to this vital piece of bipartisan legislation.
The Pitman Robertson Modernization Act 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 natural resources agencies’ utilization to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters and recreational shooters. The legislation would also grant more flexibility for agencies to utilize these funds for outreach and communication with the public to promote hunting and recreational shooting activities.
“Hunting and recreational shooting provide essential funding to states’ natural resource departments, providing needed conservation efforts and the sustainable management of wildlife and wildlife habitat,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Attracting and retaining new hunters and recreational shooters ensures funding for conservation into the future, and this legislation undoubtedly streamlines hunter recruitment across the conservation industry.”
With the number of active hunters and recreational shooters declining for the last 40 years, this legislation is crucial to the nation’s hunting heritage and wildlife conservation.
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. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve 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.