As the legislative session moves forward in
Senate Bill 994, introduced by the Environment Committee, would effectively prohibit recreational trapping by banning the use of the most common and humane forms of traps – leghold and conibear-style traps. SB994 is likely dead for the year, as it failed to advance out of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
If SB994 were enacted, it would have very serious consequences on virtually all wildlife in the state. Furbearers prey on many of the species of animals that we hunt. They have their place within the ecosystem but, like with many other animals, their populations must be actively managed in order to maintain a balance. If species currently managed through regulated trapping in
SB994 would have put us one step closer to allowing emotion, not science, to dictate wildlife management practices.
On Wednesday, March 18, House Bill 5209 passed out of the Joint Environment Committee. Sponsored by State Representative Craig Miner (R-66), this critical pro-hunting bill will ensure hunters in
We encourage you to once again contact members of the