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October 25, 2013

Ohio: House Committees to Receive Public Comment on Important Hunting and Right-to-Carry Reform Bills on Tuesday

On Tuesday, October 29, two NRA-backed bills of importance to gun owners and sportsmen will be up for public comment in their respective state House committee.
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October 17, 2013

Wisconsin: Pro-Hunting Bill Passes Final Hurdle and Goes to Governor

Today, the Wisconsin Assembly unanimously voted to concur with Senate changes to the NRA-supported, pro-hunting crossbow legislation, Assembly Bill 194.   AB 194 will now be sent to Governor Scott Walker (R) for his signature.  This long-awaited state legislation will allow hunters the freedom to use a crossbow if they choose during big game archery season.  Along with other pro-hunting bills championed by the NRA like the Sporting Heritage Act, AB 194 will help increase hunter participation and preserve Wisconsin’s rich hunting heritage.
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October 9, 2013

Maine: Anti-Hunting Extremists are Threatening to Erode your Hunting Heritage

Several weeks ago, the largest national anti-hunting group—the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)—announced they are resurrecting an attempt to ban traditional methods of taking black bear.  These methods, which account for more than 90% of black bear taken annually, include baiting, hunting with dogs, and trapping.  If these methods are eliminated, Maine’s sustainable bear management program will be threatened.
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September 17, 2013

Wisconsin: Increased Hunter Opportunity Bill Overwhelmingly Passes State Senate, Heads to State Assembly for a Concurrence Vote

Today, on a voice vote, the Wisconsin Senate approved an amended version of Assembly Bill 194, legislation that would allow hunters to use a crossbow during the big game archery season.  While this measure already passed the Assembly in June, it must return to the Assembly for a concurrence vote because of some changes the Senate made to the bill.  
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August 26, 2013

Tennessee: Limited Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Approved by State Fish and Wildlife Commission

Last Friday, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) approved the establishment of a sandhill crane hunting season.  Over the last three decades, the population of the sandhill crane has grown more than 300% to the point where hunters in fifteen states (AK, AZ, CO, ID, KS, KY, MN, MT, ND, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT, WY) currently enjoy being able to participate in the hunting and proper management of this abundant species.  Now, sportsmen in Tennessee will be able to enjoy this same opportunity beginning on November 28 through January 1, 2014.
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August 20, 2013

Tennessee: Fish and Wildlife Commission to Consider Sandhill Crane Hunting Season this Thursday and Friday

This Thursday and Friday, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) will consider a sandhill crane hunting season proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This is the second time in three years the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider a sandhill crane hunting season.  If approved, Tennessee would be the second state east of the Mississippi River to allow sandhill cranes to be hunted.  In 2011, Kentucky considered and adopted a similar proposal and sportsmen have been able to hunt for two years of the three season experiment.
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August 15, 2013

Wisconsin: Public Hearing on Pro-Hunting Legislation Postponed Until Next Wednesday

The Wisconsin Senate Natural Resources Committee will hold a public hearing next Wednesday, August 21, on a bill of importance to sportsmen and hunters in the Badger State,  Assembly Bill 194.  This public hearing was originally scheduled for today.  AB 194, sponsored by state Representative Mary Czaja (R-35), would allow all hunters to use a crossbow during the big game archery season.  This bill would help increase hunter participation and preserve Wisconsin’s rich hunting heritage.
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August 9, 2013

Wisconsin: Pro-Hunting Crossbow Legislation Scheduled to be Heard Next Week

The state Senate Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a public hearing for Assembly Bill 194 sponsored by state Representative Mary Czaja (R-35) and Senator Paul Farrow (R-33).  This long-awaited legislation will allow all hunters the freedom to use a crossbow during the same time period as the big game archery season.  This bill would help increase hunter participation and preserve Wisconsin’s rich hunting heritage.  AB 194 already passed unanimously on a roll call vote in the state Assembly on June 6 and will continue to need your support to ensure its passage in the state Senate.
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July 22, 2013

Tennessee: Sandhill Crane Hunting Season to be Considered

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a 60-day sandhill crane hunting season in Tennessee.  This is the second time in three years the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider a sandhill crane hunting season.  If approved, Tennessee would be the second state east of the Mississippi River to allow sandhill cranes to be hunted.  In 2011, Kentucky considered and adopted a similar proposal and sportsmen have been able to hunt two years, of the three season experiment.
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July 1, 2013

Wyoming: Bill Repealing State Prohibition of Hunting With Suppressors Takes Effect Today

In February, Governor Matt Mead (R) signed into law Senate File 132, legislation introduced by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-01) that allows the use of suppressors for hunting all game in the Cowboy State.  Thanks to passionate input from gun owners and sportsmen, the Wyoming House of Representatives voted 44 to 14 in favor of this pro-hunting reform while the state Senate voted 23 to 7.  The reforms in this bill take effect today.  
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July 1, 2013

Vermont: Sportsmen's Act of 2013 Goes into Effect

Last month Governor Peter Shumlin (D) signed into law the Sportsmen’s Act of 2013, House Bill 101.  As amended by the state House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee, this new law will allow Vermonters to carry a handgun for self-defense while bow hunting or dog training, provided that game is not being harvested with the handgun during archery season.
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June 14, 2013

Vermont: Sportsmen’s Act of 2013 Signed into Law

Today at the Barre Fish and Game Club, Governor Peter Shumlin (D) ceremonially signed into law the Sportsmen’s Act of 2013, House Bill 101.  As amended by the state House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee, this new law will allow Vermonters to carry a handgun for self-defense while bow hunting or dog training, provided that game is not be harvested with the pistol during archery season.  This law will take effect on July 1, and strengthens bow hunters and dog trainers inherent right to self-defense while afield.  
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June 10, 2013

North Carolina: Important Legislative Updates in Raleigh

Last week, the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory (R) took several important steps to protect your Right to Keep and Bear Arms and hunting heritage.  
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June 7, 2013

Wisconsin: Assembly Unanimously Approves Bill to Increase Hunter Opportunity

Yesterday, in an overwhelming display of support, the Wisconsin Assembly unanimously approved a bill of importance to sportsmen and hunters in the Badger State, Assembly Bill 194.  AB 194, sponsored by state Representative Mary Czaja (R-35), would allow all hunters the opportunity to use a crossbow during the same time period as the big game archery season.  This bill would help increase hunter participation and preserve Wisconsin’s rich hunting heritage.
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May 24, 2013

Maine: Hunting Part of Management Plan for Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan that will guide management of the Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and the Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area for the next fifteen years.  The planning area is located in Penobscot, Kennebec, and Waldo Counties.   
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March 28, 2013

Montana: Pro-Gun/Pro-Hunting Bills Go to the Governor for His Consideration

Please call and e-mail Governor Steve Bullock and urge him to sign these pro-gun bills into law.
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March 25, 2013

Indiana: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Reform Bill to Receive Consideration on Senate Floor Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House Bill 1563 is expected to receive its third and final reading on the floor of the Indiana Senate.  Sponsored by state Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57) and state Senators Carlin Yoder (R-12) and Richard Young (D-47), HB 1563 would repeal Indiana’s current prohibition on the use of a suppressor while hunting.  
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March 25, 2013

Pennsylvania: Pro-Hunting Legislation Passes State Senate

Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 623, sponsored by Senator Jake Corman (R-34), which authorizes the Pennsylvania Game Commission to expand its successful Mentored Youth Hunting Program to all ages.  If passed and enacted into law, Senate Bill 263 would allow a licensed hunter to take an unlicensed adult hunter afield.
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March 22, 2013

Montana: House Committee Approves “Families Afield” Bill and Sends to House Floor for Final Vote

Yesterday, the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee approved Senate Bill 197 by a narrow 11 to 10 vote.  This pro-hunting measure, sponsored by state Senator Scott Boulanger (R-44), passed on third reading in the state Senate by a bipartisan 30 to 15 vote last month.  SB 197 makes important improvements to Montana’s hunting laws to allow new hunters to go afield with an experienced mentor, prior to the completion of a hunter education course.  SB 197 needs your help to pass in the House and get to Governor Steve Bullock (D) to be signed into law.  
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March 20, 2013

North Dakota: Pro-Hunting Legislation Goes to Governor for Signature

House Bill 1282, sponsored by state Representative Joe Heilman (R-45), would allow hunters in North Dakota to use lawfully possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms while hunting.  This legislation passed in the state House by a 90-2 vote on January 31 and in the state Senate by a 29-17 vote on March 18.  HB 1282 will now go to Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) for his signature.
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March 18, 2013

Indiana: Pro-Hunting Reform Bill Advances Out of Senate Committee

Today, the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed House Bill 1563, legislation that would repeal Indiana’s current prohibition on the use of a suppressor while hunting.  In addition to this pro-hunting provision, an amendment was introduced in committee by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49) that would strengthen Indiana’s shooting range protection law.  HB 1563, sponsored by state Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57) and state Senators Carlin Yoder (R-12) and Richard Young (D-47), now goes to the Senate floor for consideration.
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March 12, 2013

Montana: Several Pro-Gun Bills Advance in Helena

House Bill 205, sponsored by Representative Krayton Kerns (R-58), would legalize the use of suppressors for all hunting.  While suppressors do not eliminate the sound of a firearm, they do reduce the muzzle report in a manner similar to the way that a muffler reduces exhaust noise from a vehicle. The benefits associated with suppressor use include increased accuracy due to reduced recoil and muzzle blast, protection from hearing damage and reduced noise pollution.  The state Senate could vote on HB 205 tomorrow.  For more information on firearms and suppressors, click here. 
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March 12, 2013

Oklahoma: State Senate to Vote on Pro-Gun/Pro-Hunting Bill Soon

This week, the Oklahoma Senate could vote on Senate Bill 934, sponsored by Senator Anthony Sykes (D-24).  This NRA-backed legislation will make meaningful improvements to Oklahoma gun laws.  SB 934 will strike down existing barriers in state law and provide an opportunity for youth under the age of 18 to participate in Oklahoma’s rich heritage of hunting and shooting sports whether it be with a shotgun, rifle or pistol.   This important legislation needs your support, so contact your state Senator TODAY.
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March 11, 2013

Wyoming Legislature Concludes Session with Mixed Results for Gun Owners

The Wyoming Legislature concluded its 2013 session with mixed results for law-abiding gun owners.  Although one pro-hunting reform was passed and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead (R), two more pro-gun reforms were left on the Senate’s calendar and defeated through deceptive procedural tactics without receiving a fair vote.
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March 4, 2013

Nevada: Anti-Hunting Bill to be Heard this Thursday

Senate Bill 82, introduced by the Senate Natural Resources Committee, directly targets lawful hunting by Nevadans.  This bill would classify the black bear as a “protected mammal” and would prohibit the Board of Wildlife Commissioners from authorizing the hunting of black bears.  
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March 4, 2013

Montana: Several NRA-Supported Bills to be Heard This Week

The following pro-gun bills have passed in their legislative chamber of origin and will be heard in their respective committees this week.  Please contact these committees in support of these bills and attend their committee hearings if possible.
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March 4, 2013

Hawaii: Burdensome Anti-Gun Bill Must be Stopped

On February 27, Senate Bill 69 passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee by a 10-2 vote with one excused Senator.  What started off as a Gun "Buyback” bill has evolved into a firearm registration and background check bill. This burdensome and unnecessary infringement on your Second Amendment rights is now headed to the Senate Floor and could be voted on TOMORROW. Your state Senator must hear from you TODAY!
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February 20, 2013

Oklahoma: Senate Committee to Hear NRA-Supported Senate Bill 934 Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Oklahoma Senate Public Safety Committee will hear Senate Bill 934, sponsored by Senator Anthony Sykes (D-24).  This NRA-backed legislation will make meaningful improvements to Oklahoma’s gun laws.
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February 19, 2013

Wyoming: Governor Signs Bill Repealing State Prohibition of Hunting With Suppressors

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (R) signed into law Senate File 132, legislation introduced by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-01) that allows the use of suppressors for hunting all game in the Cowboy State starting on July 1, 2013.  Thanks to passionate input from gun owners and sportsmen, the Wyoming House of Representatives voted 44 to 14 in favor of this pro-hunting reform while the state Senate voted 23 to 7.
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February 13, 2013

Wyoming: House Passes Hunting Improvement Bill Without Harmful Amendments Today

Thanks to passionate input from hunters and sportsmen, the Wyoming House of Representatives voted 44 to 14 in favor of a much-needed pro-hunting reform.  SF 132, as introduced by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-01), passed in the Senate and House Agriculture Committee by overwhelming margins. 
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February 12, 2013

Nevada: 2013 Legislative Session Convenes

The 77th Nevada Legislature convened on February 4.  Two NRA-supported pro-gun measures have been introduced as well as an anti-hunting bill that must be defeated.  
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February 12, 2013

Iowa: Anti-Gun Legislation on the Move

Bills that would infringe on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms have been filed and will be moving through the Iowa legislature.  Your action is necessary!
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February 12, 2013

Vermont: Sportsmen Protection Bill to be Heard in House Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources will hear House Bill 129.  This NRA-supported bill introduced by state Representative Patrick Brennan (R-Chittenden-9-2) would allow bow hunters and dog trainers to carry a handgun for self-defense while in the field.  Currently, Vermont law and hunting regulations prohibit the carrying of a firearm while engaged in bow hunting or dog training.  A growing number of states are amending their laws to allow such a practice.  This bill needs your support, so please contact Committee members in advance of their  9:00 a.m. meeting tomorrow, February 13.
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February 12, 2013

Wyoming: 32 State Representatives Ignore Hunters and Uphold Crippling Amendment to Pro-Hunting Reform Bill

Yesterday, Representative Albert Sommers (R-20) added a last-minute, crippling amendment to a pro-hunting bill that would remove the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors.  Representative Sommers’ amendment to Senate File 132 would maintain the state’s outdated ban on hunting with suppressors for all game except varmints.  Earlier today, Representative Mark Baker (R-49) offered a counter amendment that would erase this unnecessary restriction.  However, despite the flood of comments from hunters and sportsmen who vigorously support full inclusion of suppressors for hunting, 32 state Representatives ignored their constituents by voting against Representative Baker’s amendment.
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February 11, 2013

Wyoming: Hunting Improvement Bill Under Attack in the House

During Committee of the Whole (COW) today in the state House of Representatives, a pro-hunting bill that would remove the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors was amended with unnecessary and crippling changes.  Senate File 132, introduced by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-01), has already passed in the Senate and House Agriculture Committee by overwhelming margins.  However, Representative Albert Sommers (R-20) added a last-minute amendment that would maintain the state’s ban on hunting with suppressors for all game except varmints.  Please contact your state Representative and politely ask him or her to vote to remove this crippling amendment when SF 132 comes up for a final vote either tomorrow or Wednesday.
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February 8, 2013

Montana: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills to be Heard Next Week

Next week, several pro-gun measures will be heard in committee.  It is critical that you contact your state Representative TODAY and, using the information provided below, urge him or her to support and vote for those bills listed below.
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February 8, 2013

North Carolina: Hunting and Recreational Shooting at Stake in Management Plan for Two National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service is in the process of revising the management plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.  When completed, the plan will guide management of the two national forests for approximately 15 years.  Nearly all decisions made about public use of national forests across the country, including access and opportunity to hunt and target shoot, flow from these management plans.  
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February 7, 2013

Wyoming House of Representatives Considering Hostile Amendments to Pro-Gun Reform

As the state House of Representatives prepares for its final vote to repeal the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors, a number of hostile amendments are being proposed that would essentially cripple this bill’s purpose.  Senate File 132, introduced by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-01), passed the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee by a 6 to 3 vote earlier this week with Representatives Dan Zwonitzer (R-43), Rita Campbell (R-34) and Stan Blake (D-39) voting against it.  Thanks to your calls and e-mails Representative Blake has changed his opinion on the bill and said he will now vote for it on the House floor.  Last week, the state Senate passed this bill unamended by a 23 to 7 vote.  A final vote on the House floor will be held any day now and it is imperative that you let your Representative know that a vote for any amendment is a vote against your rights.
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February 7, 2013

Mississippi Senate Approves Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills By Overwhelming Margins

Thanks to the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Chairman of the Senate Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks Committee Giles Ward, the Mississippi Senate overwhelmingly approved three NRA-backed bills this week: Senate Bill 2212 by Sen. Giles Ward (R-Louisville) corrects vague and problematic language in Mississippi’s firearm carry laws; Senate Bill 2048, also by Senator Ward, expands the opportunities for hunters to use crossbows in archery and primitive weapons seasons regardless of physical ability; and Senate Bill 2647 by Sen. Briggs Hopson (R-Vicksburg) requires reporting of firearm-purchase disqualifying mental health records to the National Instant Check System.  All three bills now move to the State House of Representatives where they will be assigned to an appropriate committee for further consideration.
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February 5, 2013

Montana: Apprentice Hunting Bill to be Heard in Senate Committee Today

Senate Bill 197, sponsored by state Senator Scott Boulanger (R-44), would establish an apprentice hunting certificate program that allows individuals of any age to learn the art of hunting while under the supervision of a mentor before completing a hunter education course.  SB 197 is scheduled for its first hearing today in the Senate Fish and Game Committee at 3:00 p.m. in hearing room 303 in the Capitol.  While no action will be taken today, it is still imperative that you contact members of the Senate Fish and Game Committee today and urge them to support and promote our hunting heritage by voting for SB 197.
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