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July 9, 2010

Federal Open Fields Program to Expand Hunting Opportunities Nationwide

NRA is pleased to report that the federal Open Fields Initiative is now in effect and grant money is available through the United States Department of Agriculture for state and tribal governments interested in enrolling in the program, or expanding their existing Open Fields program.
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July 1, 2010

California: Important Pro-Hunting Bill Advances in Sacramento!

Please Contact the Members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee! On Tuesday, June 29, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee passed Senate Bill 1179.  The bill...
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June 29, 2010

HSUS Continues to Unfairly Target Breeders in North Carolina!

The anti-hunting extremists at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have turned up the pressure on the North Carolina House Finance Committee in an effort to pass Senate Bill 460, or another bill to which they can attach its language. Time continues to run out on their ability to pass this attack on responsible dog breeders, including those that breed dogs for hunting. While some have tried to claim that hunting dogs will not be affected by this bill, the statement is completely false. All breeds of dogs will be affected.
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June 25, 2010

HSUS Continuing to Attack North Carolina’s Hunting Heritage!

Thanks to the tremendous response to last week’s alert, the hearing on Senate Bill 460 did not take place on Thursday, June 24. The anti-hunting extremists at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) must have realized they were losing support for this legislation, and agreed to have the bill pulled from the calendar so that they could redouble their efforts for another push. Time is rapidly running out for HSUS, and the word we are hearing is that S 460 will be heard in the House Finance Committee on Wednesday, June 30, at 8:30 AM.
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June 24, 2010

Important California Pro-Hunting Bill to be Considered Next Week!

Please Contact the Members of the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee! On Tuesday, June 29, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee will meet to consider Senate...
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June 18, 2010

North Carolina: HSUS Trying to End Hunting Again!

The anti-hunting extremists at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have apparently struck a deal to try to force through Senate Bill 460 next week! This bill, introduced by Freshman State Senator Don Davis (D-5), is the key to HSUS gaining a foothold in North Carolina in order to advance its agenda of attacking the rights of hunters in the Tar Heel State. HSUS has made no secret of its contempt for all commercial dog breeders, having made such statements as, “There’s no need for anyone to patronize a pet store or a breeder,” and, “[G]ood breeders don’t breed to make money.” As additional evidence that HSUS is using S 460 to simply advance its attacks on commercial breeders, it has been shown time and again that existing laws are already sufficient, and are being used to address the cruel treatment of dogs.
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June 14, 2010

Washington State: Volunteers Needed on July 10 in the Snoqualmie National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for volunteers to assist in a clean-up of garbage and debris left at several shooting sites located in the GREENWATER AREA on the Snoqualmie Ranger...
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June 10, 2010

West Virginia: Comments Needed on Management Plan for Canaan Valley National Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan to guide management of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years. The 16,000 acre Refuge is located in a high elevation valley in Tucker County and includes the largest wetland complex in the state.
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June 10, 2010

Comments Needed on Management Plan for Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan to guide management of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years. The 51,000 acre Refuge is comprised of three separate units that run along 65 miles of the Tennessee River in Henry, Benton, Decatur, and Humphreys Counties.
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June 10, 2010

Colorado: Support Needed for Establishing a Shooting Range in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest

Recently, the U.S. Forest Service closed an area in the Boulder Ranger District of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest that was a popular site for target shooting.
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June 10, 2010

Arkansas: Comments Needed on Management Plan for the Felsenthal and Overflow National Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan to guide management of the Felsenthal and Overflow National Wildlife Refuges for the next 15 years. Felsenthal is a 65,000-acre refuge established as a result of a Corps of Engineers' Ouachita and Black Rivers Navigation Project.
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June 4, 2010

Dangerous Ballot Initiative, I-161, Threatens Wildlife Management and Montana’s Hunting Future!

Educate your fellow Montanans! Paid signature gatherers are expected to be out in force on election day, Tuesday, June 8th. I-161 is a ballot initiative popularly known as the Kephart Initiative. It proposes to eliminate all outfitter-sponsored licenses currently available in Montana. These outfitter-sponsored licenses would be reallocated to non-residents through the general draw system and significant price increases would be imposed on all general non-resident draw tags.
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June 4, 2010

Illinois: Will County Considering Opening New Hunting Lands on Thursday, June 10th!

On Wednesday, June 2, the Forest Preserve District of the Will County Board of Commissioners voted to consider opening forest preserve land within the county to certain public hunting opportunities. The deer population in the forest preserve needs to be managed to maintain balance, sustainability and enhance biodiversity. One option under consideration is public hunting. The Board of Commissioners will meet for a full vote on Thursday, June 10 and the option to allow public hunting as part of the deer management program and to enhance hunting opportunities will be under consideration.
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May 28, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill Signed by Governor!

On Wednesday, May 26, Governor Jim Douglas (R) signed H. 243 into law.
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May 27, 2010

New York: Legislation to Expand Hunting Opportunities Awaiting Consideration in Albany!

Assembly Bill 924 and Senate Bill 6793, bills authorizing Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to promulgate rules for the use of crossbows for hunting in the Empire State,...
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May 21, 2010

Illinois: Will County Considering Opening New Hunting Lands

The Will County Board of Commissioners is considering opening up forest preserve land within the county to public hunting opportunities. The deer population in the forest preserves needs to be managed to maintain balance and sustainability, and one option under consideration is public hunting. Please take a moment to contact members of the Will County Board of Commissioners and urge them to support public hunting in the forest preserves in Will County as a means to manage the deer population. To find contact information for County Board Members, please go to http://www.willcountyboard.com/yourcountyboard.htm, and then click on the link for the Board Member you wish to contact.
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May 21, 2010

Proposed Hunter Orange Mandate in Oregon!

There are five different options under the proposed hunter orange rule currently being considered by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
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May 6, 2010

Hunting Reforms Pass in Connecticut!

On Tuesday, May 4, before the legislature adjourned at midnight, the Connecticut State House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 207, as amended by the State Senate. This bill would establish a credit to those who purchased a hunting or fishing license, permit or tag between October 1, 2009 and April 14, 2010 at the unjustified price increase. This credit would be applied to any such license, permit or tag purchased by an individual on or after October 1, 2010 and help provide restitution to the affected sportsmen.
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April 30, 2010

Mentored Hunting Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk in Vermont!

On Friday, April 30, the Vermont State House of Representatives voted to concur on House Bill 243. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Jim Douglas (R) for his consideration.
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April 27, 2010

Mentored Hunting Bill Passes Senate, Returns to House for Concurrence in Vermont

On Tuesday, April 27, the Vermont Senate passed House Bill 243 by a vote of 28-1. The bill now heads back to the House for concurrence.
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April 26, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill Needs Your Support!

The Vermont Senate could consider House Bill 243 as early as tomorrow.
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April 26, 2010

Florida Chamber Abandons Business Goals to Fight Against Law-Abiding Gun Owners!

Florida Chamber of Commerce abandons Business Mission to attack 2nd Amendment rights! The Florida Chamber of Commerce is once again attacking freedom and Second Amendment rights. In an email blast to Chamber members it says: "Rather than offering constructive ideas on how to create jobs and stimulate the economy, the gun lobby in Florida is once again attacking the rights of property owners across this state."Clearly, the anti-gun Florida Chamber has abandoned its true mission, and is now attacking law-abiding gun owners and our Second Amendment rights. The NRA's job is to protect your gun rights from organizations like the Florida Chamber, which spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to subvert your Second Amendment rights instead of working to improve jobs and the economy. Rather than spending its money to keep workers employed, it is working to strip law-abiding gun owners of their constitutional rights. NRA is sponsoring an Amendment to clarify a problem created by anti-gun businesses.
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April 23, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision to Protect Hunting Media

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal animal cruelty law so broadly written that it would criminalize the distribution of hunting videos and magazines under many circumstances.
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April 23, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill Headed to the Senate Floor!

On Friday, April 23, House Bill 243 passed the Senate Finance Committee and now heads to the Senate Floor.
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April 22, 2010

New Jersey Black Bear Management Policy Open for Public Comments

Last month, the NRA-ILA sent a statewide email which announced the first scheduled bear hunt in New Jersey since 2005. The information below provides an opportunity for your voice to be heard in support of the bear hunt. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Fish and Game Council have submitted the proposed, Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP) for publication in the April 19 edition of New Jersey Register.
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April 21, 2010

Two NRA-backed Bills Progressing in the Arizona Senate

On Wednesday, April 21, two NRA-supported bills passed through the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) and will move on to third and final reading.
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April 19, 2010

Colorado Sportsmen Are Being Pushed from the Denver Area’s Last Remaining Training Ground for Hunting Dogs!

Significant acreage in Chatfield State Park and Cherry Creek Park near Denver was originally designated for hunting dog training making these parks vital assets to the sporting dog community for many years. Colorado sportsmen and women are now being pushed out of these hunting dog-training areas with plans to convert them to dog parks that would prohibit most training activities.
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April 16, 2010

Mentored Hunting Bill Advancing in Vermont!

House Bill 243 was passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee by a vote of 4-1. The bill now heads to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.
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April 16, 2010

Connecticut: Hunting Fee Reduction Signed into Law!

On Thursday, April 15, Governor Jodi Rell (R) signed House Bill 5545 into law. HB5545, one of several bills introduced to aid gun owners, will impose a modest reduction to the recent fee increases associated with hunting and fishing licenses approved during last year’s legislative session.
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April 13, 2010

Wisconsin: Update on Pending Legislation in Madison!

Please Contact Your State Representative Today! This Thursday, April 14, the Wisconsin State Assembly will be considering legislation (Assembly Bill 558, Assembly Bill 559, and Assembly...
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April 13, 2010

2010 Legislative Session Comes to an End in Maryland!

The Maryland General Assembly has adjourned for the 2010 session and Maryland’s firearm owners were able to defeat three tyrannical gun bills, Senate Bill 516, Senate Bill 645 and House Bill 820, designed to cede more of your Second Amendment rights to vehement anti-gun politicians.
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April 12, 2010

Help Stand Up for a Constitutional Right to Hunt in the Golden State!

Please Make Your Voices Heard Today! An important bill for the future of hunting and fishing in California will be considered on Tuesday, April 13 by the Assembly Water, Parks and...
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April 9, 2010

Forest Planning Rule Will Affect Hunting And Target Shooting

The Forest Service is working on a new planning rule that will guide future development of land management plans for the 193 million acres within the National Forest System.
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April 9, 2010

Mississippi: Carry Reform, Park Carry Bill Signed into Law!

Governor Haley Barbour (R) has signed SB 2862, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Senator Gray Tollison (D-9), into law!
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April 9, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill Still Pending in Committee

House Bill 243, introduced by State Representative Steve Adams (R-Windsor-4), is still pending in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. H. 243 would establish a mentored hunting license that would allow prospective hunters to try their hand at hunting before being compelled to complete a hunter education course. Apprentice hunters would have to be directly supervised in the field by a mentor who is at least 21 years-old and who holds a valid hunting license. Experience in more than two-dozen other states with these laws shows that this kind of mentored hunting programs are exceptionally safe and will bring many new hunters into the field. There is no reason to believe that the citizens of Vermont will prove to be the exception to this outstanding track record.
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April 6, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Legislation Currently Pending Consideration

House Bill 243, introduced by State Representative Steve Adams (R-Windsor-4), is currently pending consideration in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee.
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April 5, 2010

Help Stand Up for Hunting in the Golden State!

Please Make Your Voices Heard Today! Two bills of importance to California’s hunters will be considered on Tuesday, April 13.Assembly Bill 2223, sponsored by Assemblymember Pedro...
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April 2, 2010

New Forest Planning Regulations Will Affect Hunting and Target Shooting

The Forest Service is working on a new planning rule that will guide future development of land management plans for the 193 million acres within the National Forest System.
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April 2, 2010

Connecticut: Two Bills Pending Action in the Senate

Currently awaiting action in the State Senate are two hunting-related bills. One which would adversely affect those who hunt with dogs (SB 274), while the other is an attempt to lower fees associated with hunting and fishing licenses (SB207).
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April 2, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill to be Heard Tuesday, April 6!

House Bill 243 will be heard in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on Tuesday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. This important mentored hunting legislation has proven an effective way to draw those interested in hunting to our fields and forests by allowing them to participate with experienced hunters. More then two-dozen other states already have some type of mentored hunter program, and this legislation seeks to give those in Vermont that same opportunity. As a result of this legislation, more citizens will complete hunter education and join the hunting ranks as a result. Please contact members of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee and respectfully urge them to support H. 243.
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