Politics Hunting News

Lead Ammo Protection Passes U.S. House with Strong Bipartisan Support

On May 18 the U.S. House passed H.R. 4310 or the National Defense Authorization Act. While the act contained important language regarding the future of defense funding for the United States of America, it also had attached to it a rider amendment sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) which would remove the EPA’s ability to apply the Toxic Substances Control Act to lead ammunition.

Waterfowlers Split on Proposed Duck Stamp Price Increase

duck stamp The price of the federal duck stamp has not changed since 1991. At the request of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, President Obama added a provision to increase the price to his 2013 budget proposal.

The cost of the duck stamp, officially called the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, would increase by $10 if the measure passes, bringing the price to $25.

Governor Branstad Rescinds Iowa Shot Shell Ruling

Governor Terry Branstad, a member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, has permanently rescinded a provision of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources dove season rule that prohibits the use of traditional ammunition. The executive order was a result of the Iowa senate’s inaction on SJR 2001, a legislative resolution to rescind the ban. Although the resolution passed committee, and was joined on the Senate floor by a successful house companion bill (HJR 2001), the resolutions never came up for a full Senate vote prior to the conclusion of the 2012 legislative session.

Cigarette Touting Wolverine Confiscated by Wardens from California Bar

wolverine Acting on a tip, California Fish and Game (DFG) wardens removed two taxidermy mounts from a Georgetown bar – and not because they were underage drinkers. In fact, one of the animals, a wolverine wearing a red hat and clenching a cigarette between his teeth, was several decades old.

Safari Club International Talking Conservation on Capitol Hill

Safari Club International (SCI) members will participate in more than 170 meetings this week with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on behalf of hunters everywhere. SCI’s lobby day on Capitol Hill represents the largest annual gathering of U.S. hunters in Washington, DC. This year’s focus will be working with the U.S. Senate to pass H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012.

Connecticut Takes Steps Towards Sunday Hunting

DeerConnecticut proponents of Sunday hunting hope they can soon say, “And on the seventh day He hunted.”

Connecticut is one of six states that does not allow hunting on Sundays, but Dan Esty, commissioner of energy and environmental protection, hopes to coax lawmakers to finally lift the ban.

Who Really Foots the Bill for Anti-Hunting Lawsuits?

Studies released independently by the Notre Dame Law School and the Government Accountability Office show that environmental groups pad their claims for reimbursed legal fees using a social program entitled the Equal Access to Justice Act, and the U.S. is not keeping track of expenditures.

Pennsylvania Board Makes Expanded use of Crossbows Permanent

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a regulatory change that makes permanent the lawful use of crossbows in archery deer and bear seasons.

The specific action taken by the Board was removing the sunset date provision inserted into the regulatory changes that permitted crossbows in 2009. The sunset provision required the Board and agency staff to review the impact of expanded use of crossbows on the deer and bear resource before June 30, 2012.

Second Amendment Foundation Sues New Mexico Over Law Barring CCW Permits for Legal Resident Aliens

The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in New Mexico challenging that state’s prohibition on the issuance of concealed carry permits to legal resident aliens.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Files Suit Against Hunting Ranch

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources filed a civil complaint against Ronald McKendrick and Charlene McKendrick, who own and operate the Renegade Ranch Hunting Preserve in Cheboygan County. The McKendricks are being sued for violations of Michigan's Invasive Species Act, which outlaws certain types of swine.

The complaint, brought in Cheboygan County Circuit Court, asks the court to require the McKendricks to comply with the state's Invasive Species Act and to remove prohibited swine from their property.