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    Default Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act.

    New Legislation Will Protect Recreational Hunting and Fishing on Federal Land

    Two bills introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R- AK) and U.S. Representative Dan Boren (D- OK) will protect recreational hunting, fishing and shooting on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service.


    Backed by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA), HR 3749 and the Senate legislation are companion bills collectively known as the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act. They will prevent situations from emerging where public land is closed arbitrarily for hunting, fishing and shooting, mandating that such closures be done through a reasonable and transparent process.



    Specifically, both bills would ensure that:
    &#61623Federal public land managers with the U.S. Forest Service and BLM provide for the use of and access to public lands for hunting, fishing and shooting,
    &#61623An “open until closed” policy is established for the lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM unless public and Congressional notification is given,
    &#61623 Land managers are urged to lease land for shooting ranges by having the lessee offer suitable assurances to remediate leased lands at the termination of the lease, thus remedying concerns expressed in the past by the BLM over damage to land used for shooting,
    &#61623Skilled volunteers be used on federal public lands not open to hunting when wildlife management requires the culling of animal populations,
    &#61623Congress receives an annual report detailing any closures of land to fishing, hunting, or shooting and the reasons for the closures.



    “Both bills will guarantee that access for America’s sportsmen to prime public land won’t arbitrarily be denied,” states USSA President and CEO, Bud Pidgeon. “The USSA wholeheartedly supports these bills and urges sportsmen everywhere to contact your members of Congress and urge them to sign on.”
    Cosponsors of the Senate legislation are Senators Mike Crapo (R- ID) and Ben Nelson (D- NE).
    Cosponsors of HR 3749 are Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R- TN), Kevin Brady (R- TX), Ginny Brown-Waite (R- FL), Paul C. Broun (R- GA), Dan Burton (R- IN), Bill Cassidy (R- LA), Kathleen Dahlkemper (D- PA), John D. Dingell (D- MI), Brad Ellsworth (D- IN), Ron Kind (D- WI), Larry Kissell (D- NC), John Kline (R- MN), Donald Manzullo (R- IL), Thaddeus G. McCotter (R- MI), Jeff Miller (R- FL), Thomas Perriello (D- VA), Ciro D. Rodriguez (D- TX), Mike Rogers (R- AL), Mike Ross (D- AR), Paul Ryan (R- WI), James F. Sensenbrenner Jr. (R- WI), Heath Shuler (D- NC), Bill Shuster (R- PA), Michael K. Simpson (R- ID) and Zach Wamp (R- TN).


    Here is a chance for hunters, trappers, and anglers nationwide to really help out Alaska's outdoor people. The feds own 63% of Alaska. BLM and the US Forest Service lands make up about 40% of that. We have been losing access to these lands since 1980, this Act could help reverse that lose.



    Contact your Senate and Representative urging them to support the

    Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act.

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    Is the USFWS included? THere are more than a few refuges in Alaska that actively discourage access...Kenai NWR is a prime example.

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    Default USFWS and Parks acess restrictions

    Quote Originally Posted by unk View Post
    Is the USFWS included? THere are more than a few refuges in Alaska that actively discourage access...Kenai NWR is a prime example.
    Good question, my guess is that US Forest Service and BLM lands are suppose to be multiple use lands already (Meaning fewer restrictions to access and hunting).

    The USFWS and NPS Preserve don't even pretend to make access for hunting and fishing easier. Especially if you are not a federally qualified rural resident.
    The State can't even use the pro-access provisions of ANILCA to stop the feds from restricting aircraft access in the Kenai and Togiak NWR or the Noatak National Preserve.

    Federal land managers are heading us toward the day when the only way for non-local hunters to access federal lands will be through permited consisionairs.

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    Default Hunter access vs. game management

    Leave it to the site manger to move this blog with information regarding access to public lands for hunters to the Game Management blog.

    The proposed Act has nothing to do with managing game. It is about managing people, in this case hunters.

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    Sure give all the permits to the commercial industry and let "them" decide who gets to go where AND when. That makes it real easy for the feds to manage people AND restrict access.

    THE BACK DOOR WAY THE FEDS ARE USING TO MANAGING OUR WILDLIFE

    I am sure you are aware that the locals have now limited residents from access to the Noatak because of a "favorite time/location conflict".

    IS AOC and the State going to do anything to stand up to the NPS at the NOATAK?

    What about the sponsors and proponents of this Bill? Do they know what the NPS is doing now with this new back door they have discovered for limiting access and how that will infect all federal areas in Alaska eventually?

    Quote Originally Posted by AOC View Post
    Good question, my guess is that US Forest Service and BLM lands are suppose to be multiple use lands already (Meaning fewer restrictions to access and hunting).

    The USFWS and NPS Preserve don't even pretend to make access for hunting and fishing easier. Especially if you are not a federally qualified rural resident.
    The State can't even use the pro-access provisions of ANILCA to stop the feds from restricting aircraft access in the Kenai and Togiak NWR or the Noatak National Preserve.

    Federal land managers are heading us toward the day when the only way for non-local hunters to access federal lands will be through permited consisionairs.

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    Sounds like you know then that not everybody can even see the management forums.

    Besides, not everyone understands that game management and people management and limiting access are not the same thing


    Quote Originally Posted by AOC View Post
    Leave it to the site manger to move this blog with information regarding access to public lands for hunters to the Game Management blog.

    The proposed Act has nothing to do with managing game. It is about managing people, in this case hunters.

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