Thursday, November 15, 2012

Have you heard about The Sportsmen's Act

There's an important bill for sportsmen I've been trying to keep up to date on because the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has been involved in supporting the bill along with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, Boone and Crockett Club and other members of the sportsmen’s community commended the decision.
The Sportsmen Act or S. 3535 is a bill introduced into the Senate back in September that combines nearly 20 bipartisan measures. Even thought the bill is not perfect at this time, The Sportsmen’s Act, introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), would increase access to federal land for hunters and fishermen while also supporting conservation measures such as establishing a National Fish Habitat Board and extending the sale of stamps, the proceeds from which go to conservation funds that help elephants, tigers, rhinos, great apes and marine turtles. 
After much drama, The Senate advanced the Sportsmen’s Act on Thursday morning in an 84-12 vote. Behind closed door discussions, and lots of parliamentary procedures the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 is scheduled for final action on Monday November 26th at 5:30 PM.  There's still some amendments that both sides need to agree on before it is passed and apparently there is a substitute bill on behalf of Tester which replaces the original bill and will serve as the final version of S. 3525. 

This is a huge advance for hunters, anglers and the conservation of fish and wildlife. To keep up to date on what is happening with the bill read here

Ken releases a single spey
photo by Mia