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January 22, 2013

Wyoming Senate Committee Approves Pro-Hunting Reform

The Wyoming Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee voted 4 to 1 in favor of a pro-hunting reform authored by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-1).  Senate File 132 would repeal the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors (which are additionally regulated under federal law) while providing additional penalties for those who use them illegally.  This bill is now eligible for a vote in the full Senate.  A date for this Senate floor vote has not been scheduled at this time but please call and e-mail your state Senator urging him or her to vote in favor of this meaningful hunting improvement legislation!  Your senator’s contact information can be found here.
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July 20, 2012

Florida: Public Comment on Three Proposed Alternatives for Big Cypress National Hunting Preserve Will Impact Florida’s Hunting Community!

Public comment is sought on three alternatives for a draft Hunting Management Plan for Big Cypress National Preserve that has been released by the National Park Service (NPS), along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).  The draft plan, which addresses concerns voiced in a previous public comment period, can be viewed by clicking here.  The deadline for public comment is August 24 – make your voice heard today and support Alternative 3! 
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June 8, 2012

New York: Comment Period Open in Proposed Pro-Hunting Plans for Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has drafted a plan to guide management of the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years.  This 9,184-acre refuge is located in Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne Counties and was established in 1938 to provide nesting, feeding, and resting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds.  In the drafted plan, three alternatives are presented for public review.  Alternative A would keep things as they currently are.  Alternative B would open new opportunities and more accessible sites for hunting.  Alternative C is similar to Alternative B, but would leave waterfowl hunting in its current state.
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June 1, 2012

New York: Mourning Dove Hunting Legislation Now Pending in Senate Committee

Pro-hunting legislation has been introduced in the New York Senate.  Senate Bill 6968, sponsored by state Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-50), would classify mourning doves as “migratory game birds,” ultimately allowing for the creation of a dove hunting season.
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May 22, 2012

In the Final Week of Session, the Oklahoma Legislature Passes Legislation to Legalize Suppressors While Hunting

Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to legalize the use of suppressors while hunting through passage of Senate Bill 1743 by a 78 to 3 vote.  Last week, SB 1743 passed in the state Senate by a 44 to 0 vote.  This bill now heads to Governor Mary Fallin for her consideration and approval.
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May 4, 2012

Minnesota Governor Signs Important Pro-Hunting Legislation into Law

Yesterday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) signed House File 2171, the 2012 Game and Fish Omnibus Bill.  This legislation includes Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season, as well as provisions allowing youth firearm education and safety courses at specified publicly-owned or managed firearm ranges
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May 4, 2012

Your Help is Needed to Expand Hunting Opportunities in Illinois

House Bill 4819 stalled in the state Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee this week and needs your support.  This legislation, if enacted, would expand the use of crossbows for hunting to provide increased opportunities for new and experienced hunters alike.  Please contact members of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee today and respectfully urge them to support House Bill 4819 and the full inclusion of crossbows for hunting!
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April 27, 2012

NRA-Backed Bills Beat Legislative Deadline in Oklahoma

Yesterday, two NRA-supported bills advanced in the Oklahoma House, before the legislative crossover deadline.  Senate Bills 1760 and 1743 both received the required third reading in the House and each bill was approved by an overwhelming majority.  
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April 19, 2012

Montana: Hunting Included in Management Plan for Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is currently allowing the public to comment on a recent plan to manage the Lee Metcalf Refuge for the next 15 years.  Located south of Missoula, this 2,800-acre refuge is one of the smallest refuges in the country and is one of the few remaining undeveloped areas in the Bitterroot Valley.  The Lee Metcalf Refuge is open to archery hunting for deer, which is one of the fish and wildlife related recreational opportunities available.   
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April 18, 2012

Oklahoma Firearm Reform Bills Face Deadline Next Week

By next Thursday, April 26, all Senate bills must receive the approval of the Oklahoma House or they will no longer be eligible for consideration this session.  NRA members' active support has been a key factor in the positive outcome of pro-Second Amendment legislation this session, and is now more important than ever.  Please continue to urge your state Representative to support these necessary protections of your gun rights and hunting heritage by encouraging consideration of the following legislation in advance of the impending deadline:
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April 11, 2012

Arizona Governor Signs Hunter Protection Bill into Law

Last night, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2457 into law.  This legislation will allow hunters to carry a handgun for self-defense while in the field.  This important...
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April 4, 2012

Oklahoma Firearms Reform Bills Continue to Advance

After passing their chamber of origin, three NRA-backed bills continue to garner support in the Oklahoma Legislature. Today, Senate Bills 1760 and 1743 were each passed in their respective House committees with overwhelming approval, while Senate Bill 1420 cleared the House yesterday. Your active support has been a key factor in the positive outcome of pro-Second Amendment legislation this session and is now more important than ever. Please continue to encourage your state Representative to support protections to your gun rights and hunting heritage.
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April 4, 2012

Governor Walker Signs Two Important Hunting Bills

Today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has signed into law two important hunting initiatives.  Assembly Bill 311, sponsored by state Representative Jim Steineke (R-5), and Senate Bill 411, sponsored by state Senator Terry Moulton (R-23), passed by large bipartisan majorities in both houses of the state legislature and will help preserve Wisconsin’s rich hunting heritage.
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April 2, 2012

West Virginia Governor Signs NRA-Backed Bills Into Law

Today, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed three NRA-backed bills into law: SB 149, SB 353 and SB 478.  All three laws will take effect on June 8, 2012.
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March 30, 2012

Will Fear or Facts Decide Hunting Policy in Oklahoma?

After receiving overwhelming approval in the Senate by a 40 to 3 vote, Senate Bill1743 has come under attack from some state game wardens, and needs your help to pass in the House Agriculture, Wildlife and Environment Committee.  Known as the “Landowner's Hunting Freedom Act,” this important pro-hunting legislation would allow Oklahoma landowners and their guests to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.  Some state game wardens are taking a page out of the anti-gunners’ playbook, spreading false and unfounded concerns to derail this common sense reform. Opposing game wardens are pressuring Committee members to oppose the bill.  It is important that you contact Committee members TODAY, urging them to base their legislative decisions on fact and not fear.
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March 30, 2012

Mississippi: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Needs Your Help!

Yesterday, the Senate Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks Committee unanimously reported out House Concurrent Resolution 30, the NRA-backed Right to Hunt and Fish constitutional amendment that would appear on the 2014 ballot, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.  HCR 30 would provide meaningful protections against the anti-hunting extremists who seek to ban all hunting in America.
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March 30, 2012

NRA-Supported Oklahoma Pro-Gun Bills on the Move!

Thanks to your active support, Senate Bills 1760 and 1743 passed in the state Senate and will be heard next week by their respective state House committees.  Please continue to encourage state Representatives to support protections to your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage.
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March 29, 2012

Kansas: Governor Brownback Signs Important Hunting Bill into Law

Today, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2491 into law.  This important self-defense and hunting reform will allow hunters, fishermen, and fur harvesters to carry a handgun in the field.  HB 2491 passed in the state Senate unanimously on March 15 and in the House by an overwhelming 113 to 8 vote in February. 
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March 29, 2012

Kansas: Governor Brownback Signs Important Hunting Bill into Law

Today, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2491 into law.  This important self-defense and hunting reform will allow hunters, fishermen, and fur harvesters to carry a handgun in the field.  HB 2491 passed in the state Senate unanimously on March 15 and in the House by an overwhelming 113 to 8 vote in February. 
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March 29, 2012

Texas: Use of Lawfully-Owned Suppressors While Hunting Legalized in the Lone Star State

Today, after hearing your support for this NRA-backed common sense hunting reform, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to legalize suppressor use while hunting.  The benefits associated with suppressor use include increased accuracy due to reduced recoil and muzzle blast, protection from hearing damage and reduced noise pollution. 
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March 28, 2012

Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendments Will be on the Ballot in Idaho, Nebraska and Kentucky this November!

The National Rifle Association's effort to preserve hunting and fishing for future generations has moved forward into Idaho and Nebraska.  Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendments will be on the ballot in Idaho, Nebraska and Kentucky this November.  The Kentucky Legislature passed an Amendment last year.
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March 28, 2012

Idaho Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passes Senate and Will Be on November Ballot

Yesterday, the Idaho Senate voted 31 to 3 to pass House Joint Resolution 2a, a much-needed constitutional amendment that would provide meaningful protections against anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America.  HJR 2a passed the House on March 22 by a 63 to 4 vote.  HJR 2a will now be on the ballot for voter approval this November.
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March 27, 2012

Arizona Pro-Hunting Bill Passes Senate, Goes to Governor Brewer

The Arizona Senate passed an important pro-hunting bill this afternoon by a 20 to 9 vote.  House Bill 2728, which would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting, passed in the state House on February 28 by a 42 to 14 vote.  HB 2728 now goes to Governor Jan Brewer for her approval.
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March 27, 2012

Nebraska Legislature Places Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment on 2012 Ballot

Today, the Nebraska Legislature passed NRA-backed Legislative Resolution 40CA, the Right to Hunt and Fish constitutional amendment, by a 41 to 3 vote.  This action places this issue on the general election ballot this November.
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March 27, 2012

Arizona Senate to Vote on Pro-Hunting Bill Today

An important pro-hunting bill will be on third reading this afternoon in the Arizona Senate.  House Bill 2728, introduced by state Representative David Gowan (R-30), would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.   HB 2728 has already passed in the House by a 42 to 14 vote on February 28.  Passage in the state Senate is the final legislative hurdle to be cleared before going to Governor Jan Brewer for her approval.
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March 23, 2012

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to Vote Next Thursday on Allowing Use of Lawfully-Owned Suppressors to Hunt -- Last Chance to Comment!

Recently, the NRA notified you about the opportunity to attend Texas Parks and Wildlife Department public hearings or to submit public comments online in support of an administrative rule change that would positively impact hunting in the Lone Star State.  You now have one last opportunity to weigh in on this debate by personally attending the next public meeting, where the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will vote on the department's hunting regulation proposals.  This meeting will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m. in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commission Hearing Room, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744.
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March 23, 2012

Nebraska: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Scheduled for its Final Reading on Tuesday

On Tuesday, March 27, the Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to have the final reading for Legislative Resolution 40CA.  This is a much-needed constitutional amendment that would provide meaningful protections against anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America, enshrining hunting and fishing in the Nebraska Constitution. 
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March 23, 2012

One Arizona Hunting Bill Signed by Governor, Another Up for a Vote in Senate

Two NRA-backed hunting bills have made big strides in Arizona this week.  Yesterday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law House Bill 2640, which passed in both houses by large bipartisan majorities and will eliminate restrictions on the magazine capacity of any authorized firearm regulated by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.  Also, House Bill 2728, which would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting, has passed out of the Committee of the Whole and is now eligible for a vote in the full Senate.
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March 22, 2012

Idaho House Sends Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to the Senate

Today, the Idaho House of Representatives voted 63 to 4 to pass House Joint Resolution 2a, a much-needed constitutional amendment that would provide meaningful protections against anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America.  HJR 2a will now go to the Senate where it must receive a two-thirds majority before going on the ballot. 
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March 20, 2012

Georgia: NRA-Backed Hunting Reform Bill Needs Your Immediate Help

Last week, excellent testimony from industry professionals, individual citizens and elected officials was given in support of Senate Bill 301 in the Georgia House Game, Fish and Parks Committee. Unfortunately, SB 301 has not yet been scheduled for another committee hearing and time is running short in this legislative session.  If SB 301 is not voted on soon, it cannot be considered on the House floor.  SB 301 passed in the state Senate by an overwhelming 48 to 5 vote on January 31.  SB 301 would allow hunters in Georgia to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.
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March 16, 2012

Idaho House Offers Constitutional Amendment to Guarantee the Right to Hunt and Fish

An important constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to hunt and fish has been introduced in the state legislature in Boise.  The NRA has been collaborating with state House and Senate leadership to produce this much-needed constitutional amendment that would provide truly meaningful protections against anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America.  House Joint Resolution 2 incorporates the agreed-upon language and has been assigned to the House Resources and Conservation Committee for its consideration.
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March 16, 2012

Georgia House Game, Fish & Parks Committee Consider Important Hunting Reform Bill

On March 13, the state House Game, Fish and Parks Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 301.  While no vote was taken on this legislation, multiple testimonies were given in support of hunting with suppressors in Georgia.  State Senator John Bulloch (R-11), sponsor of SB 301, was the first to speak on behalf of this bill and used personal experiences to advocate for hunting with suppressors.  Also, giving favorable testimonies were state Representative Chuck Williams (R-113), who spoke as a citizen; Kevin Brittingham, formerly of Advanced Armament Corporation; and Knox Williams of the American Silencer Association.  SB 301 would allow hunters in Georgia to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting. 
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March 16, 2012

Ninth Circuit Upholds Wolf Delisting

This week, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Congress acted within its power when it removed wolves from the federal Endangered Species List last year. According to a Missoulian.com article, the court case pitted several "environmental rights" organizations against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The environmental groups claimed wolves lost their federal Endangered Species Act protection in Montana and Idaho before their populations had recovered.
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March 14, 2012

Maryland: Legislation to Hike Hunting Fees to be Considered by House Committee this Friday

With the hope of balancing the state budget and alleviating government deficits on the backs of hunters, the Maryland House Environmental Matters Committee will consider drastically increasing the costs of hunting licenses and stamps. In addition, it is proposing the creation of new resident and non-resident stamps for turkeys.  This hearing will be held this Friday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m. in the House Office Building in Room 251.
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March 14, 2012

Wisconsin Assembly Sends Wolf-Hunting Bill to Governor Scott Walker

Today, the Wisconsin Assembly voted 69 to 25 to concur with Senate Bill 411, sponsored by state Senator Terry Moulton (R-23), which passed in the state Senate by an overwhelming 24 to 9 vote.  This bill is now with Governor Scott Walker’s desk awaiting his signature.  If enacted, SB 411 will create the first wolf hunting season east of the Mississippi since the wolf’s delisting from the endangered species list.
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March 12, 2012

NRA-Backed Legislation Facing Thursday Deadline in Oklahoma Senate

Important NRA-backed bills must be voted out of the state Senate by this Thursday or these bills will be ineligible to be heard in the House.  Contact your state Senator today and urge him or her to support and pass the following NRA-backed bills before March 15. 
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March 12, 2012

Georgia: Pro-Hunting Bill to be Heard in House Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 301 is scheduled to be heard in the state House Game, Fish and Parks Committee at 1:00 p.m. in Room 415 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.  SB 301, sponsored by state Senator John Bulloch (R-11), would allow hunters in Georgia to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting. 
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March 8, 2012

Oregon: Hunting to be Expanded in Plan for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

A plan that will guide management of the 187,000-acre Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years has been released to the public for comment.  Located in Harney County, the Refuge was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 to protect colonial nesting bird populations and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 
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March 8, 2012

Two Wisconsin Hunting Bills Pass the Senate, Assembly to Vote on Them on Tuesday

The Wisconsin state Senate voted 32 to 1 yesterday to pass Assembly Bill 311, the Hunting Heritage Act sponsored by state Representative Jim Steineke (R-5) which would encourage the recruitment and retention of hunters and trappers through a multitude of creative initiatives.  This bill along with Senate Bill 411, which the state Senate passed earlier by an overwhelming 24 to 9 vote, will be on the Assembly floor this Tuesday, March 13.
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March 7, 2012

Connecticut: Governor’s Midterm Budget Adjustment Cuts Funding for Pheasant Stocking Program

In a move that negatively impacts Connecticut’s hunting heritage, Governor Dan Malloy has decided that cutting the state’s pheasant stock program has suddenly become necessary.  This self-sustaining program is budgeted at $160,000, but in reality draws nothing from the General Fund and would actually cost the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) revenue through reduced license sales. 
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