Major U.S. airlines refusing trophies as freight

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Aug 042015
 

Written by Conor Harrison, Lone Star Outdoor News

In reaction to the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, several major U.S. airlines have announced they will no longer accept sport-hunted trophies as freight.

Delta issued the following statement yesterday:

Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.  Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.

United Airlines also came out with the same ban.

“We felt it made sense to do so,” Charles Hobart, a United spokesman, said Monday in disclosing the carrier’s decision to prohibit transportation of those five species.

American Airlines soon followed.

“Effective immediately, we will no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhino trophies,” the airline said in a Twitter post.

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Have plot, will travel with Evolved Harvest Throw & Grow No-till blends

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Aug 042015
 
Written by Evolved Harvest

Your heart starts to pound and you can’t help smiling as you think, Take it easy. You’re acting like it’s your first time out. But it’s not your first time in the woods, and you’ve been preparing for this moment for months. Night after night you watched the weather, even checking your phone throughout the day, hoping for just the right wind. And now it’s time.Just 50 more yards through the thicket until you reach that special food plot. You haven’t told your buddies about this one. The remote Throw & Gro plot is all yours — yours and the giant 10-pointer’s. He’s been haunting your trail cameras and your dreams, but today the two of you have an appointment…

Big bucks don’t get that way by showing their noses — or their antlers — on big, open food plots during daylight hours. Even if you’re lucky enough to have access to a disc and spreader for creating large food plots, your odds of shooting a mature buck on one any time other than the rut are slim to none. Add pressure from fellow hunters and those odds get even worse.

Throw & Gro seed mixes from Evolved Harvest make it possible to create hunting plots in remote locations where big bucks feel secure and where they move during daylight.

With no need to disc, Throw & Gro can be planted in any opening that allows sun and rain to reach the ground. It creates a personal plot that is irresistible to even the most reclusive bucks.

Original formula Throw & Gro contains a mixture of tetraploid rye grass, forage clovers and brassica to provide a fast-growing protein and mineral-filled source of nutrition.

Throw & Gro Crush is a blend of white clover, sunn hemp and forage rape to meet the increased nutritional demands faced during critical antler development.

Evolved Harvest™ and the Bone Collector crew got together to formulate two no-till blends: Throw & Gro X-Treme Oats and Throw & Gro X-Treme Radish. Both contain the seed formula of original Throw & Gro™ with the added bonus of forage radishes or oats.

Throw & Gro™:

  • Forage tetraploid ryegrass, forage clover and brassica
  • 5-pound bag
  • No tilling required

Throw & Gro Crush™:

  • White Clover, sunn hemp and forage rape
  • 3.5-pound bag
  • No tilling required

Throw & Gro™ X-Treme:

  • Forage tetraploid ryegrass, forage clove, brassica and radish OR oats
  • 5-pound bag
  • No tilling required

For more information on Throw & Gro no-till seed blends or the entire line of Evolved food plot and deer nutrition products, please visit www.evolved.com.

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Marietta man hit with ricochet after shooting armadillo in yard

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Aug 032015
 

Written by Conor Harrison, Lone Star Outdoor News

A Marietta man wound up in the hospital last week after he shot at an armadillo in his yard at 3 a.m. with a .38 revolver and the round ricocheted back, hitting the man in the face.

According to Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe, the man went outside his home southwest of Texarkana Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and fired at least three rounds.

“His wife was in the house,” Rowe told reporters. “He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo. We didn’t find the armadillo.”

The man was airlifted to a local hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries to his jaw, according to reports.

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Outdoor Visions holds summer clearance on collector hunting books

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Jul 312015
 

For almost 20 years, Outdoor Visions traveled the hunting convention circuit selling from their booths.

One of the main products they proudly offered was a selection of limited edition hunting books published by Trophy Room Books. At times, space did not permit them to carry an inventory of all the books they published. They had display copies that our customers could review and then place an order for the book to be shipped direct.

Times have changed and as such, Outdoor Visions no longer make 15-20 show annually (now only Dallas Safari & Houston Safari Clubs). Thus the display copies are no longer needed as their business now is internet driven.

Outdoor Visions are now offering these display copies for sale at very attractive prices. These books are in “like new” condition with dust jackets. Most all are signed and numbered. On the inside front page is written “Display Copy; Outdoor Visions; and the original price.” Also offered, are a few copies of the books that are new or pre-owned. All conditions are noted and described. This offer limited to stock on hand and in most cases single volumes.

Any hunter would be proud to have these books in his library!

Go to outdoorvisions.com to order.

AUTHOR TITLE CONDITION PRICE
Bartlett, Fred Shoot Straight & Stay Alive Like New $189.00
DePole, Robert Tanzania Safari New $129.00
Dyer, Tony The Big Five Display $99.00
Callender, Michael Roaming with A Rifle Excellent $79.00
Cotter, Pat Cottar Display Copy $174.00
Cotter, Pat Cottar Like New $154.00
Cundill, Gordon Hunters Africa Like New $119.00
Cundill, Gordon Hunters Africa Display $99.00
Hoffman, George Country Boy In Africa Inscribed/Like New(Out Of Print) $169.00
Holmberg, Andrew Out In Africa New Book(out of print) $179.00
Hallemore, Lou In the Salt Inscribed/Like New $129.00
Northcote, John From Sailor to Professional Hunter Inscribed/Like New $119.00
Northcote, John From Sailor to Professional Hunter Inscribed to client/Excellent $119.00
Northcote, John From Sailor to Professional Hunter Display/Excellent $99.00
Montovisin, Robert Professional Hunter Like New $109.00
Montovisin, Robert Professional Hunter Display $99.00
McGowan, John Sport Hunter in Africa Like New $57.00
McGowan, John Sport Hunter in Africa Display $62.00
Lenoel, Chrissian ON TARGET Like New $69.00
Lenoel, Chrissian ON TARGET Display $64.00
Seia, Hugo In any kind of cover Like New $94.00
Seia, Hugo In any kind of cover Display/Like New $94.00
Seia, Hugo MUNJAMBA New Book $84.00
Seia, Hugo MUNJAMBA Display $89.00
Seia, Hugo MUNJAMBA Used/Excellent $77.00
Folsom, Henry Rendezvous in the Bush Inscribed to client/Excellent $79.00
Folsom, Henry Rendezvous in the Bush Display $74.00
Manning, Ian With Gun In Good Country Display(Rare, out of print) $159.00
Tre-Hardy The path of a Hunter Display $67.00
Hay, Peter One Long Safari Display $89.00
Hemsing, Ian Encounters With Lions Display/Excellent $59.00
Seth-Smith, Tony For the Honor of a Hunter DisplayExcellent $119.00
O’Connor, Jack Catalogue of Letters Display $49.00
McElroy, C.J. McElroy Hunts Dangerous Game Used/New Condition $119

OTHER BOOKS FOR COLLECTORS

Boddington, Craig “Hunter’s Handbook” Oversized book, good condition. D/J Fair $39.00
Boone & Crockett Record Book 1952 Edition, good condition no D/J $139.00
Boone & Crockett record book 1958 edition, book and D/J are in good condition. Signed by 4 members of selection committee $169.00
Eddy, John “Hunting the Alaskan Brown Bear”, Excellent condition. No D/J. Wolfe Publishing edition $89.45
Pappas, Cal “The Nitro .600 Express” like new, signed by author, like new D/J $109.00
O’Connor Jack “Game in the Desert” Derrydale edition with leather-like cover, gold embossing. Like new $199.00
Rule, Robert “The Rifleman’s Rifle” Original first edition; Alliance books publisher $279.00
Swinehart, Bob “Sagittarius” (very rare) book in good condition, D/J in fair condition. Bowhunting in North America & Africa $249.00
Smith, Wilber “Leopard Hunts in Darkness” first U.S. edition; book and D/J are in good condition $68.00
Smith, Wilber “When the Lion Feed” First edition! Very Rare. Book in good condition, no D/J $119.00
Swank, Wendell “African Antelope” oversized with slipcase. Like New. Leather-like cover with gold embossed lettering. Winchester Press. RARE! $329.00

ALL BOOKS SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE
THIS OFFER GOOD THROUGH AUGUST, 31ST 2015

 

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Five Texans fishing in 2015 Forrest Wood Cup

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Jul 312015
 

Written by FLW. Photo by Clark Reehm

The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will pay $500,000 to the winner and is a career-defining event for everyone.

Fifty anglers will be heading out to Lake Ouachita August 20-23 looking to make history, including five hailing from the state of Texas.

The top 35 pros from the Walmart FLW Tour points qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup, but since Andy Morgan (2014 Tour AOY), Anthony Gagliardi (2014 Cup champion), Bryan Thrift (Rayovac FLW Series Championship) and Zack Birge (2014 Rayovac FLW Series Championship winner) double-qualified invites were extend from 36th to 39th place. That allows Shane Lehew, Clark Reehm, Troy Morrow and Clent Davis a shot at taking home the biggest payday in the sport this August.

The five Texans include:

Shinichi Fukae, Palestine

Clark Wendlandt, Leander

Jason Reyes, Huffman

James Biggs, Euless

Clark Reehm, Huntington

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Safari clubs release statements on killing of Zimbabwe lion

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Jul 302015
 

Written by DSC, SCI

A Zimbabwean landowner and a professional hunter are facing charges for the poaching of a collared lion outside of Hwange National Park. Their client from the U.S. also could face charges if investigators find he was a knowing accomplice in the crime.

The Dallas Safari Club released a statement on the hunt.

Dallas Safari Club abhors poaching, commends the swift enforcement efforts of Zimbabwean authorities and supports prosecution of convicted poachers to the fullest extent of the law.

DSC encourages the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct additional investigations into possible violations of American wildlife laws.

Finally, DSC also supports the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe in actions against its members who violate wildlife laws. Lawful, ethical, vigilant hunters play an important role in public acceptance of sustainable hunting as a vital tool for modern wildlife conservation and management.

None of the individuals or safari companies implicated in this incident are affiliated with DSC. DSC works with government authorities and professional hunting associations, and enforces its own code of conduct, to ensure its members and convention exhibitors are in good standing.

However, the hunter, Dr. Walter Palmer, was a member of Safari Club International, who also released a statement.

Safari Club International supports a full and thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. SCI has imposed immediate emergency membership suspensions of both the involved hunter and his guide/professional hunter, and they will remain in place pending the outcome of an investigation.

Safari Club International condemns unlawful and unethical hunting practices. SCI supports only legal hunting practices and those who comply with all applicable hunting rules and regulations, and SCI believes that those who intentionally take wildlife illegally should be prosecuted and punished to the maximum extent allowed by law.

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TPWD graduates 23 Texas Game Wardens

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Jul 292015
 

Story and photos by TPWD

After seven months of training, the 59th Texas game warden cadet class graduated yesterday.

This year marks the first time game wardens and state park police officers trained and graduated together in the same cadet class.

“The entire staff at the Game Warden Training Center is very proud of this next generation of Texas game wardens and state park police,” said Game Warden Tracy Davis, Major at the Game Warden Training Center. “We are confident that each officer will carry out their duties professionally and with the deepest level of commitment and service to the people of Texas, and their natural resources.”

Following their preparation at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County, the 23 newly-commissioned peace officers were recognized Tuesday, during a special ceremony at the Texas State Capitol.

“Since 1895, game wardens have played an integral part in public safety and conservation law enforcement in Texas,” said Colonel Craig Hunter, Law Enforcement Director for TPWD. “We are excited that this graduation marks the first academy where Texas game wardens trained with state park police officers, and congratulate these officers as they embark in the most rewarding careers in law enforcement.”

The graduates will begin their new careers stationed in counties and state parks throughout the state.

The duties of a Texas game warden include the enforcement of all state laws, primarily hunting, fishing, and water safety regulations. As fully commissioned peace officers, they respond to emergencies, assist other law enforcement agencies, and work to educate the public about conservation issues.

State park police, also commissioned peace officers, provide law enforcement services to the visitors and users of state parks, and help enforce laws within their local jurisdictions.

“It is a distinct honor and a historic milestone for this first group of Texas State Park Police cadets to graduate from the Texas Game Warden Academy,” said Brent Leisure, Director of the State Park Division. “This academy is widely recognized as one of the very best conservation law enforcement academies in the country. We are exceptionally proud of the men and women in this cadet class and we have complete confidence in their future success.”

All graduates met the state-mandated requirements for peace officer certification, including criminal and constitutional law, firearms, self-defense, use of force, defensive driving, arrest, search and seizure, ethics, and first aid.

The new wardens and park police are joining the 532 game wardens and 180 park police officers currently in the field, and will help enforce TPWD regulations and carry the department’s high standards to every corner of the state.

These are the new game wardens and park police, their hometowns, and the counties or parks in which they will be stationed:

59th Cadet Class

  • James L. Adcock – Elm Mott, TX – Maverick County
  • Gerry M. Amundson – Temple, TX – Hudspeth County
  • Brent M. Biggs – Kerrville, TX – Zapata County
  • Kevin C. Blackwell – Sweetwater, TX – Kent/Dickens County
  • Mark E. Braddock – Alto, TX – Hudspeth County
  • Joshua T. Bulger – Sanger, TX – Zapata County
  • Brent C. Deen – Huffman, TX – Val Verde County
  • Anthony R. DeLuzio – San Antonio, TX – Lamb/Bailey/Cochran Counties
  • Benjamin Echelson – Austin, TX – Webb County
  • Joshua Espinoza – Graham, TX – Zapata County
  • Jordan S. Favreau – Coppell, TX – Starr County
  • James R. Kilty – Damon, TX – Terrell County
  • Angeline M. Miller – Keller, TX – Val Verde County
  • Shawna M. Poole – Rusk, TX – Webb County
  • Jeffrey J. Putnam – Pearland, TX – Webb County
  • Joseph S. Quintero – Leander, TX – Maverick County
  • Cameron G. Ramsey – Brady, TX – Brewster County
  • Krystal R. Thompson – Olmito, TX – Zapata County
  • Robert J. Zerr – Hondo, TX – Jeff Davis County

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Blue Heron Communications dominating gun market

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Jul 282015
 

Written by Blue Heron Communications

Five iconic brands in the firearm industry — Benelli, Franchi, Stoeger, A. Uberti and Stoeger Airguns — are set to receive public relations services and representation by Blue Heron Communications.

Following an intensive search, parent company Benelli USA selected Blue Heron as its PR agency of record. Blue Heron will assist each brand with media relations, news, content, promotions, events and more.

“We look forward to this new partnership and all that it offers for strengthening our visibility in the marketplace,” said Tom Kaleta, vice president of marketing for Benelli USA. “Blue Heron brings passion, creativity, experience and a track record of proven success – a perfect fit for our company goals.”

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BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement with feds, states — Groups move to ensure monies go to habitat restoration

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Jul 272015
 

Written by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News

A record-setting settlement was announced July 2 by the federal government and the Gulf Coast states with BP, whereby the oil giant will pay $18.7 billion to resolve claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP was leasing the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010 when it exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 crewmen and releasing some 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf.

While the agreement is in principle and requires federal court approval, the settlement includes $5.5 billion in Clean Water Act penalties and $8.1 billion in natural resource damages, and includes $1 billion BP had already committed to the restoration. The funds will be paid over a 16-year period.

While funds logically would be committed to habitat restoration, some state legislatures have caused concerns with conservation groups. In Alabama, legislation introduced to rebuild a beach hotel and conference center using BP funds has drawn the ire of many groups, especially since the hotel was destroyed six years before the spill.

That won’t be the case in Texas, said Texas Parks and Wildlife Executive Director Carter Smith.

“While the Deepwater Horizon spill was unquestionably a tragic event for the Gulf, the settlement is welcome news for natural resources and communities along the Texas coast and the entire Gulf of Mexico,” Smith said. “Texas has many restoration needs and opportunities, and this settlement presents a singularly unique opportunity to think big and consider meaningful ecological restoration along the Texas gulf coast that will protect this natural treasure for generations of Texans to come. We look forward to a thoughtful and inclusive public process to plan and implement this important work in the years ahead.”

Conservation groups are making their feelings known on how the money should be spent by the state and federal agencies. A release provided by groups including the Ocean Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society said it is time to put the money to work in the gulf.

“We need our leaders to make sure that every dime of this settlement is used as it is intended: to address oil spill impacts and repair long-standing ecosystem damage,” the release said. “We cannot afford to wait any longer.”

The release cited the settlement as an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate and expand the response to the harm caused by the spill.

Ducks Unlimited also chimed in, saying it views the settlement as a critical down payment on a sustainable Gulf Coast and “these dollars should be dedicated wholly to the restoration of the region’s natural resources.”

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and its sportfishing partners, the America Sportfishing Association, Coastal Conservation Association and Center for Coastal Conservation, said they have been working with the Gulf’s angling community, state and federal agencies, researchers and conservation groups since 2010 to identify and advance projects to sustain and improve fisheries.

In Texas, where some monies are going has already been identified. Texas OneGulf, a consortium of nine Texas institutions, and the Subsea Systems Institute at the University of Houston will equally share an initial $4.036 million. In addition, the RESTORE Centers of Excellence in each of the five Gulf States, including Texas OneGulf, will receive 2.5 percent of $5.5 billion in Clean Water Act fines to be paid out over 15 years.

“Texas OneGulf has already designated a series of projects to be implemented with the initial $4.036 million in funding it has been granted, and will use the additional funding to advance research activities related to Gulf issues in Texas,” said Larry McKinney, director of the Harte Research Institute.

NATURAL RESOURCES DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

$8.1 billion total, including $1 billion for early restoration

  • Louisiana $5 billion
  • Florida $680 million
  • Mississippi $296 million
  • Alabama $296 million
  • Texas $238 million
  • Regionwide $350 million
  • Open ocean $1.24 billion

RESTORE Act allocations (dedicates 80 percent of all Clean Water Act penalties paid by those responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster to Gulf Coast restoration)

Total for RESTORE $4.4 billion

RESTORE 1 $1.54 billion

RESTORE 2 $1.32 billion

RESTORE 3 $1.32 billion

Centers of Excellence $110 million

NOAA Program $110 million

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Bipartisan hunting and fishing package introduced in House

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Jul 242015
 
Written by TCRP

Yesterday, the four House leaders of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Gene Green (D-Texas), and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), introduced the bipartisan “Sportsmen’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act,” or SCORE Act (HR 3173), in the 114th Congress. Combined with the previously introduced SHARE Act (HR 2406), these bills constitute a major victory for fish and wildlife habitat, and improved access for America’s hunters and anglers.

Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.), all past chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, are also supporting SCORE.

“The sportsmen’s community can stand squarely behind this bill as a great step forward in protecting our ability to fund and implement the conservation of at-risk habitats, species, and access,” said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “It’s a good example of bipartisan legislation that addresses the needs of America’s hunters and anglers, and we’d like to see a lot more of that consensus.”

The bill contains seven provisions to reauthorize or implement legislation that helps fund conservation programs on federal and private lands, which boosts sportsmen’s access to quality hunting and fishing, including reauthorization of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Prior to its expiration in 2011, FLTFA had leveraged strategic federal land sales to fund 39 priority conservation projects, including many that expanded sportsmen’s access to world-class hunting and fishing opportunities.

“There is a lot to like in this legislation,” said Kameran Onley, director of U.S. government relations for The Nature Conservancy. “It shows a significant bipartisan commitment to conservation and wildlife habitat protection, as well as sportsmen’s access and recreational opportunities that help grow our economy. We’re encouraged to see the bill include so many effective, fiscally-sound programs that provide both economic and conservation benefits.”

The Act would reauthorize two conservation grant programs with matched-dollar incentives: the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. Each federal dollar invested in these grant programs is matched, on average, three times over by non-federal dollars that have major on-the-ground impacts for the conservation of wetlands, waterfowl, and other wildlife.

“Conserving and protecting our nation’s wetlands is at the core of Ducks Unlimited,” said DU’s Chief Policy Officer Margaret Everson. “NAWCA funding is a critical component for DU to carry out our mission of conserving, restoring, and managing wetlands and habitats for North America’s waterfowl. We’re pleased this legislation calls for the reauthorization of these programs and appreciate the continued support for our community from Representatives Wittman, Walz, Duncan, and Green.”

A provision often referred to as Making Public Lands Public, which has garnered significant bipartisan support as a standalone piece of legislation, is also a part of the package. It requires that 1.5 percent of annual Land and Water Conservation Fund monies be made available to establish and expand recreational access to federal public lands.

“We are thrilled to see bi-partisan support for the SCORE Act, and we are particularly excited to see the ‘Making Public Lands Public’ provision included,” said Land Tawney, executive director for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA). “Public lands are the cornerstone of our sporting heritage and public access to these lands is a priority for BHA. We look forward to swift action and ultimate passage of the SCORE Act. The steak has sizzled on the grill long enough — it’s time to set the table and pass a sportsmen’s package.”

SCORE includes a sense of Congressional support for the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act, which was previously introduced in Congress in 2014 to improve fish habitat through partnerships that foster conservation projects or enhance recreational fishing opportunities. These partnerships would “support the economic significance of fish habitat resources and the recreational, subsistence, and commercial fishing linked to these resources in the United States.”

“The recreational fishing industry strongly supports and, in fact, depends on healthy fish habitat that provides abundant fish stocks, which are enjoyed by our nation’s 60 million anglers,” said Mike Leonard, ocean resource policy director for the American Sportfishing Association and National Fish Habitat Partnership board member. “In addition to the other public access and habitat improvement provisions in this bill, we strongly support the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act and hope to see it advance in this Congress as part of a broader sportsmen’s package.”

Finally, SCORE would reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a congressionally-chartered grant-making organization that works with public and private stakeholders, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife, which assists private landowners in preserving habitat for federally-managed species. “It’s vitally important that Congress now pass the SCORE Act, so that these important conservation measures can continue and the investments the American public has made in wildlife conservation programs can reap rewards for years to come,” said David Houghton, president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “We’re particularly pleased to see reauthorization of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, because this important program helps private landowners keep working lands working.”

The National Wild Turkey Federation also supports this legislation, which pairs well with their ‘Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt’ initiative.

“This bill helps us protect habitat that supports wildlife and hunting access, thus protecting our hunting heritage for millions of Americans to enjoy,” said Becky Humphries, chief conservation officer for NWTF.

SHARE, which has also been supported by sportsmen’s groups, assures access for hunters and anglers, while SCORE seeks to improve habitat. Together, these bills assure a bright future for American sportsmen and women.

“The SCORE Act has major implications for wildlife habitat conservation in the United States and provides vital funding for partnership efforts to preserve and safeguard America’s outdoor traditions,” said Howard Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever, Inc. “Pheasants Forever and its members urge Congress to swiftly pass this bipartisan legislation for our nation’s wild places, wildlife, and all who enjoy it.”

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