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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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March 6, 2012

Arizona: Two Pro-Hunting Bills Clear Senate Judiciary Committee

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed two NRA-backed pro-hunting bills.  By a 6 to 2 vote, the committee gave “do pass” recommendations to both House Bill 2728, hunting with suppressors legislation, and House Bill 2640, legislation to eliminate magazine capacity restrictions when hunting. 
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March 6, 2012

Connecticut: Environment Committee to Hear Sunday Hunting Legislation Tomorrow

Tomorrow, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 2 B of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), the Environment Committee will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 83 which seeks to allow Sunday hunting with bow and arrow on private property.
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March 5, 2012

West Virginia: House Committees to Consider NRA-Backed Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the state House Judiciary Committee will consider Senate Bill 353, a background reform bill, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 410M of the State Capitol.  This is expected to be the last committee hearing before this legislation makes its way to the House of Delegates for a floor vote.
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March 2, 2012

Nebraska: Reading of Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Postponed

Due to an overwhelming number of bills scheduled to be heard in the Nebraska Legislature yesterday, the final reading for Legislative Resolution 40CA was postponed until next week.  This much-needed constitutional amendment would provide truly 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 2, 2012

Important Hunting and Sportsmen’s Legislation Needs Your Help

On February 29, H.R. 4089, the “Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012” was marked up by the U.S. House’s Natural Resources Committee.  This legislation promotes America’s hunting heritage and will positively impact sportsmen throughout the country.  For these reasons, NRA fully supports this bill.
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March 2, 2012

Anti-Hunting Sentiment Reaches Fever Pitch in California Legislature

In the sort of extremist hysteria one would only think possible in a PETA or HSUS propaganda film, dozens of anti-hunting members of the California Senate and Assembly are calling for the removal of Dan Richards as President of the California Fish and Game Commission.  Are these calls for his removal sparked by accusations of malfeasance in public office or the commission of a crime?  No!  They have been inspired by the fact that Richards chose to LEGALLY hunt a mountain lion in Idaho just like thousands of ethical, law-abiding hunter-conservationists have done before him.
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March 1, 2012

Arizona House to Vote on Self-Defense While Hunting Bill

Tomorrow, the Arizona House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on House Bill 2457.  If this legislation is passed by the state House it will then be sent to the state Senate for committee assignment and consideration. 
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March 1, 2012

Kansas Senate Natural Resources Committee to Consider Crossbow Hunting Bill

A full-inclusion hunting bill is coming before the state Senate Committee on Natural Resources this Friday.  Senate Bill 380 would allow all hunters the opportunity to use a crossbow during big game archery season.  
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March 1, 2012

West Virginia: Apprentice Hunting Bill Passes House Committee

Today, the state House Natural Resources Committee voted in favor of Senate Bill 478 with a “do pass” recommendation.  This apprentice hunting legislation was then assigned to the state House Finance Committee where it now awaits a hearing date.  Sponsored by state Senate Majority Leader John Unger (D-16), SB 478 would create an apprentice hunting license that is available to West Virginia residents and non-residents.
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February 29, 2012

Arizona: Pro-Hunting Legislation Passes House and is Sent to Senate

Yesterday, the Arizona House of Representatives voted 42 to 14 to send House Bill 2728 to the state Senate for its consideration.  This NRA-backed pro-hunting legislation, introduced by state Representative David Gowan (R-30), now awaits committee assignment in the Senate.  Please contact your state Senator TODAY and encourage him or her to support this important pro-hunting legislation.
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February 29, 2012

Indiana: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Legislation Dies Due to House Parliamentary Procedure

Yesterday, the Senate voted 49 to 0 to pass HB 1279 with the “hunting with suppressors” language included.  It was then sent back to the state House for a concurrence vote in conference committee.  However, due to new rules adopted by the House of Representatives for this legislative session, if a bill does not get a hearing in a House committee, it cannot be accepted into another House bill.
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February 29, 2012

Nebraska Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment is Up for its Final Reading Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Legislative Resolution 40CA will receive its final reading on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature.  This much-needed constitutional amendment would provide truly 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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February 28, 2012

NRA-Supported Legislation on the Move in West Virginia

Gun owners in the Mountain State should be pleased to know that pro-hunting and pro-gun legislation is making its way through the West Virginia Legislature.  Yesterday, Senate Bill 149 passed in the Senate Finance Committee and will have its third and final reading tomorrow on the Senate floor.  Additionally, Senate Bill 478, which passed unanimously in the state Senate last week, is scheduled to be heard in the state House Natural Resources Committee this Thursday at 9:15 a.m. in Government Organization Room 215-E.
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February 28, 2012

Indiana: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Bill Returns to the House for Concurrence Vote

Last week, the NRA-backed legislation legalizing the use of suppressors for hunting was amended into another bill, due to a missed deadline by the House Public Policy Committee. However, the “hunting with suppressors” language from this bill is still alive and making its way through the Indiana General Assembly, thanks to the efforts of state Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57) and state Senators Ryan Mishler (R-9) and Travis Holdman (R-19).  These legislators worked together to add the language from SB 243 to Representative Eberhart’s Natural Resources Omnibus bill, House Bill 1279.
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February 27, 2012

Oklahoma Landowner’s Hunting Freedom Act Passes Senate Committee Today

NRA-backed Senate Bill 1743 passed in the state Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee today by a 10 to 1 vote.  Known as the “Landowner’s Hunting Freedom Act," SB 1743 is authored by state Senator Steve Russell (R-45) and would allow Oklahoma landowners and their guests to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.  This legislation will now be sent to the Senate floor for consideration, and could be voted on any time in the coming weeks.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to update you as this bill progresses through the legislative process.
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February 27, 2012

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to Hold Public Meetings Seeking Comment on Proposed Changes to Hunting Regulations - Including Use of Lawfully Owned Suppressors to Hunt!

Recently, the NRA notified you about the opportunity to submit public comments online in support of this administrative rule change that would positively impact hunting in the Lone Star State.  In addition to voicing your opinion on the hunting regulation proposals electronically by clicking here (and scrolling down  to "Lawful Means,")  you now also have the opportunity to weigh-in on this debate by personally attending one of the public meetings being held across the state seeking comment on the department's hunting regulation proposals.
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February 22, 2012

West Virginia: Apprentice Hunting Legislation Passes Unanimously in the Senate

Today, the state Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 478 by a 33 to 0 vote.  This legislation would create an apprentice hunting license that is available to West Virginia residents and non-residents.  This apprentice hunting legislation now goes to the House of Delegates for its consideration.
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February 20, 2012

Oklahoma: NRA-backed Pro-Hunting Legislation Assigned to Senate Committee!

NRA-backed Senate Bill 1743, authored by state Senator Steve Russell (R-45), would allow Oklahomans to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting. SB 1743, the “Landowner’s Hunting Freedom Act," provides for the legalized use of suppressors for landowners and their guests.
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February 17, 2012

Indiana: House Takes Up NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Legislation!

After passing in the Indiana Senate with overwhelming bi-partisan support, NRA-backed Senate Bill 243 now awaits it’s hearing in the House Public Policy Committee.  A hearing could be set as early as Wednesday, February 22.
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February 16, 2012

Michigan Moves in the Right Direction with NRA-Backed Youth Mentored Hunting Program

On February 10, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved an NRA-backed program that encourages youth participation in hunting, trapping and fishing.  Although this program contains unnecessary and vague language requiring mentored hunters to “stay at arm’s length” of an adult mentor, Michigan’s Mentored Youth Hunting Program is a significant step in the right direction.  As has been proven in other states, mentored hunting programs are an essential tool for recruiting the next generation of hunters.
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February 15, 2012

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Tabled for Remainder of 2012 Legislative Session

Today, the state House Natural Resources Subcommittee tabled Senate Bill 464 for the rest of this current legislative session.  SB 464, sponsored by state Senator Ralph Northam (D-6), would have allowed hunting on private land and public waterways on Sundays.
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February 15, 2012

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Opens Public Comment Period for Allowing Suppressor Use While Hunting

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (TPWC) is seeking public comment on a proposed rule change allowing the use of suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for the hunting of game species.  Currently, Texas law permits the use of lawfully-possessed suppressors for all other shooting activities, including the taking of nuisance species.  Enactment of this rule change would ensure that hunting is treated the same way as other shooting activities with respect to the use of suppressors, and allow all hunters to reap the many benefits suppressor use provides.
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February 14, 2012

West Virginia: Five Pro-Gun Bills Introduced in the State House

The West Virginia House of Delegates had five pro-gun/pro-hunting bills introduced in the past week.  The following bills are companion bills that have already been introduced in the West Virginia Senate; House Bill 4495, House Bill 4501, House Bill 4502, House Bill 4505 and House Bill 4507.
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February 14, 2012

Iowa: Fight Over Ammunition Ban for Dove Hunting Reaches Critical Point!

The battle over a potential lead shot ban for dove hunting continues to rage in Des Moines.  This issue is far bigger than many Second Amendment supporters in the Hawkeye state realize. This is not an attack on just the newly-established dove season, but a direct attack on both hunters and shooters. 
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February 14, 2012

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Legislation to be Considered Tomorrow!

Tomorrow morning, after the full House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee will consider legislation to allow hunting on private land and public waterways on Sundays.  Senate Bill 464, sponsored by state Senator Ralph Northam (D-6), previously passed in the state Senate by a bipartisan 29 to 11 vote on January 26.
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February 14, 2012

West Virginia: Update - Hunting Legislation to be Scheduled for Future Committee Hearing Date

As previously reported, Senate Bill 144 was to be heard in the state Senate Natural Resources Committee tomorrow, February 15.  SB 144 will not be considered during this hearing, but will be scheduled for a later hearing date.
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February 13, 2012

Arizona: House Committee Passes Personal Protection While Hunting Legislation

Today, House Bill 2457 passed in the state House Energy and Natural Resources Committee by an 8 to 0 vote with a “do pass” recommendation.  This important bill now goes to the House floor for a vote.
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February 13, 2012

West Virginia Senate Committees to Consider Two NRA-Backed Bills

This Wednesday, February 15, West Virginia Senate committees are expected to consider two NRA-backed bills.  The state Senate Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to hear a pro-hunting bill, Senate Bill 144.  On the same day, the state Senate Judiciary Committee will consider Senate Bill 353.
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February 8, 2012

West Virginia: Apprentice Hunting Legislation Passes Senate Committee

Today, the state Senate Natural Resources Committee passed Senate Bill 478, which would create an apprentice hunting license that is available to West Virginia residents and non-residents.  Two amendments were added in committee, the first being that the legislation, if passed, would take effect in 2013.  The second amendment would make it so that hunters who have purchased a regular (non-apprentice) hunting license previously, either in West Virginia or another state, would not be eligible to purchase the West Virginia apprentice hunting license.
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February 7, 2012

West Virginia: Senate Committee Scheduled to Consider Apprentice Hunting Legislation Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, the state Senate Natural Resources Committee will consider Senate Bill 478, legislation which would create an apprentice hunting license for residents and non-residents of West Virginia.  This hearing will take place at 1:00 p.m. in Room 208W of the State Capitol.
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February 3, 2012

Arizona: House Committee Hearing Scheduled for Pro-Hunting Legislation

Arizona House Bill 2728, NRA-backed pro-hunting legislation introduced earlier this week by state Representative David Gowan (R-30), is scheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety on Wednesday, February 8th.  Enactment of HB 2728 would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.  This bill needs your support!  Please contact committee members and request their support of this pro-hunting legislation.
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January 31, 2012

Arizona: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Legislation Introduced In House!

Today, state Representative David Gowan (R-30) introduced House Bill 2728, NRA-backed pro-hunting legislation.  Enactment of this bill would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting. 
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January 31, 2012

Indiana: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Legislation Faces Final Vote in Senate Tomorrow!

Today, NRA-backed Senate Bill 243 passed its second reading in the Indiana Senate by a voice vote, after adoption of an amendment that clarifies misdemeanor charges for unlawful hunting with a suppressor.  This bill now faces a final vote tomorrow, for passage in the Senate. 
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January 31, 2012

Georgia: Pro-Hunting Legislation Passes Senate

Today, NRA-backed Senate Bill 301 passed in the Georgia Senate by a 48-5 vote. This legislation now goes to the state House of Representatives for its consideration.
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January 30, 2012

Virginia: Sunday Hunting Needs Your Help!

After the historic passage of Senate Bill 464 in the Virginia Senate last week by an overwhelming, bipartisan 29 to 11 vote, Sunday hunting legislation now faces a decidedly tougher challenge in the House of Delegates.  Assigned to the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, House Bill 921 will first be considered by the Natural Recourses Subcommittee on the evening of Wednesday, February 1.
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January 27, 2012

Iowa: Traditional Ammunition Protections Move Forward in Des Moines

Yesterday, the state House Natural Resources Committee passed House Joint Resolution 2001 by a 17 to 4 vote.  HJR 2001, which is the House companion of Senate Joint Resolution 2001, is now headed to the House floor for consideration.  SJR 2001 and HJR 2001 would rescind the Iowa Natural Resources Commission’s unjustified and dangerous regulation banning the use of traditional ammunition for dove hunting. 
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