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Thursday, November 29, 2012

RMEF CEO David Allen Urges Hunters to Take Action on Sportsmen’s Act

David Allen
To RMEF Members,

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation considers the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 to be of vital importance for conservation, wildlife, and sportsmen and women. We are asking all of our members to consider supporting it by immediately calling your U.S. Senator. This bill is good for ALL sportsmen and for wildlife conservation. The Senators who voted against this bill are not thinking about wildlife and sportsmen and women. We need them to support this bill NOW.

Again, please consider calling your Senator to ask them to support this good bill. Thank you for your consideration.

David Allen
RMEF President/CEO

Despite overwhelming support by Democrats and Republicans, Senators who previously backed the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525) used an earlier procedural vote this week to scrap it. The proposal is a collection of 17 bills that offer many beneficial things for conservation, fishing, hunting, and sportsmen and women. Here are some of its highlights:

-It earmarks a percentage of offshore oil and gas drilling revenue to purchase improved access for up to 35 million acres of public land that has limited access.

-It channels more of the excise-tax funds that hunters currently pay on guns and ammunition to public shooting ranges across the U.S.

-It brings the federal Duck Stamp into the modern age by allowing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to sell them electronically and bump up the price from $10 to $25 to fund critical wetland and duck habitat.

Some Senators cited financial concerns as a reason to table the proposal; however the Congressional Budget Office estimates enacting the Sportsmen’s Act would actually reduce the deficit by $5 million over the next ten years. Suffice it to say that this bill does not add to the national debt and it provides substantial benefit to wildlife. It seems that this what good legislation should do.

Go here for a full view of S. 3525.

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