Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA) joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) during the 112th Congress.
He has worked hard in Congress to allow American citizens to utilize the beautiful and abundant resources in our nation for outdoor recreation, and as an avid sportsman, enjoys them himself. When at home in Turlock, California, his pastimes include hunting, fishing and motorcycle riding. In Congress he works to ensure that Americans have access to public lands.
“California is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful scenery,” Congressman Denham said. “I am a firm believer that the public should have access to recreational opportunities on our public lands. Americans should be able to freely utilize the wilderness and natural landscapes our country has to offer, and I support the authority of local and state governments to determine what policies are best suited for their public lands and communities.”
In February 2014, Congressman Denham voted in support of the bipartisan Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. The SHARE Act included policies that uphold hunting and angling pastimes while also protecting natural resources. The SHARE Act also included a provision that would allow individuals to possess a firearm at a water resources development project administered by the Corps of Engineers. Currently, individuals can possess a firearm on National Park Service lands, but not on waterways regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers.
During the 112th Congress, Congressman Denham supported the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012, legislation affirming that fishing and hunting are important cultural traditions in the United States. The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act would have enhanced and supported those activities by including provisions that would remove EPA regulation of ammunition, directing the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to facilitate use and access for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting activities on federal land, and allowing hunters to import trophies legally obtained in other countries.
Congressman Denham after a successful pheasant hunt
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