The National Wild Turkey Federation supports a year-end “Sportsmen’s Package” containing legislation that is beneficial to the hunting, fishing and outdoor communities.
Congress has the opportunity to enact legislation this year that will create access and opportunities for hunters, anglers, recreational shooters and outdoorsmen and women for generations to come. Sportsmen’s legislation passed in the final weeks of this Congress will be provisions from legislation we have supported over the last 2 years. We expect provisions which boast bipartisan support from bills such as the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act, the Sportsmen’s Act, as well as stand-alone legislation.
Passage of an end-of-session “Sportsmen’s Package” of legislation already has garnered a wide range of support, including more than 30 conservation organizations representing hundreds of thousands of outdoorsmen and women nationwide.
The provisions of a sportsmen’s package may come from these bills, among others:
- Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act, which would improve sportsmen’s access to millions of acres of virtually inaccessible public land;
- Pittman-Robertson Modernization Act, which would allow certain Pittman-Robertson funds to be used for the recruitment and retention of hunters as well as the creation of public shooting ranges;
- Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, which would improve access to hunting, angling and recreational shooting opportunities, and promotes wildlife and habitat conservation;
- Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act, which is designed to improve the management of fish, wildlife, habitat, and outdoor recreation;
- Provisions from multiple bills that support the state agency’s authority over wildlife resources.
We ask you to contact congressional leadership and urge them to enact a sportsmen’s package of legislation by the end of the year. This is our last chance to pass these provisions. If not passed this year, we must start the process anew in the next Congress.