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Significant Sportsmen-Generated Conservation Dollars At Risk in Nebraska

Why It Matters: State fish and wildlife agencies rely on hunters, anglers, and recreational shooting sports participants to support their conservation efforts through the unique “user pays – public benefits” American System of Conservation Funding (ASCF). Through the ASCF, state fish and wildlife agencies not only collect funds from the hunting or fishing licenses sold, …

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CSF Launches Collegiate Sportsmen and Women’s Coalition at Louisiana State University

Why It Matters: The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF) Collegiate Sportsmen and Women’s Coalition (CSWC) seeks to educate young adults from diverse interests and backgrounds about the importance of hunting, angling, trapping, and recreational shooting to fish and wildlife conservation while also providing them with hands-on education in how to effectively engage in the policy process …

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CSF Supported Firearm Preemption Legislation Moves Swiftly Through South Dakota Legislature

Why It Matters: Firearm and ammunition laws and regulations are often intricate, confusing, and, without state preemption laws, can vary from locality to locality. Recently, South Dakota introduced and passed a firearm preemption bill of their own, restricting homeowner’s associations from placing restrictions on the possession and use of firearms or ammunition. Firearm preemption legislation …

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CSF’s Horton Delivers Angler Perspectives on Biodiversity at Smithsonian Summit

Why It Matters: Healthy habitats can support an abundance of species and contribute to an ecosystem’s resilience to changing environmental conditions. In some cases, manmade, artificial habitats can enhance species carrying capacities beyond natural habitats. Numerous studies coupled with angler observations and experience, serve as testimonies to the ability of artificial structures, especially aging oil …

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CSF Recommends Amendments to Discounted and Free License Bills in Nebraska

Why It Matters: Legislative efforts to offer discounted or no-cost licenses for certain demographics, most commonly veterans, continue to be increasingly common across the country. It is no different in the Great Plains, as Nebraska has introduced several bills that would offer both discounted and no-cost licenses for resident and nonresident veterans that, if passed …

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Proposed Fish and Wildlife Board Changes Threaten the Future of Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping in Vermont

Why It Matters: Introduced on January 12, 2024, Vermont Senate Bill 258 (S 258) – An act relating to the management of Fish and Wildlife – proposes to transfer the authority to adopt rules for the taking of fish, wildlife, and fur-bearing animals from the Fish and Wildlife Board to the Department of Fish and …

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CSF’s Western States Manager Elected as Chair of Oregon Sportsmen’s Conversation Partnership

Why It Matters: Oregon’s hunters, anglers, and trappers have long played a vital role in funding conservation and wildlife management efforts throughout the state. Under the American System of Conservation Funding (ASCF), a unique “user pays – public benefits” structure, Oregon’s sportsmen and women generate tens of millions of dollars each year for the Oregon …

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State Firearms and Ammunition Excise Taxes Proposed in WA & NM

Why It Matters: Law-abiding hunters and recreational shooters have long played a vital role in funding conservation through various wildlife management nationwide. Recently, state legislatures have begun proposing state excise taxes in addition to the existing manufacturer-level taxes already being paid under federal law. Under the American System of Conservation Funding (ASCF), a unique “user …

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CSF Supported Bills to Recruit Anglers and Protect Habitat Heard in House

Why It Matters: While the 118th Congress has found it challenging to reach agreements and pass bills, there are a few pieces of legislation making their way through the process that are strongly bipartisan and stand a higher-than-average likelihood of becoming law before this Congress adjourns later this year. Among those are two Congressional Sportsmen’s …

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Bill to Safeguard MDWFP Funding Brought Back to the Table

Why It Matters: Every year bills are introduced that would allow individuals to purchase a free or heavily discounted hunting and/or fishing license. Legislators tend to target deserving groups, such as first responders or veterans. However, if passed, these bills could have a significant impact on conservation funding for their respective state’s fish and wildlife …

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Delaware House Bill 271 Seeks to Lift Sunday Game Bird Hunting Prohibition

Why It Matters: Currently, in Delaware, Sunday hunting for game birds is prohibited. Delaware’s definition of game bird includes waterfowl, rails, wild turkeys, pheasants, quail, chukar, and doves, amongst others. House Bill 271  (HB 271) removes game birds from the list of species prohibited from Sunday hunting within the First State. While the passage of …

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CSF Supports Legislation to Establish Bobcat Season in Indiana

Why It Matters: Bobcat populations have steadily increased in the Hoosier State, yet there is not currently a season in place for sportsmen and women to harvest the elusive predator. Active, science-based wildlife management, which often relies on regulated harvest by sportsmen and women, is critical to the continued success of conservation in Indiana. Highlights: …

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HEN Act Would Boost Waterfowl Populations Across the Nation

Why It Matters: With declining wetland habitats, severe drought, increased predation, and other challenges, waterfowl populations are not as robust as waterfowl hunters and others would like to see. For example, mallard ducks are down 23% from their long-term average, a sign of the struggle associated with breeding success. However, there are well-established practices such …

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The Oprah Effect: Even More Free or Discounted License Bills Proposed in the Midwest

Why It Matters: Introduced as a way to honor certain groups of people, often veterans, legislative efforts to provide free or discounted hunting or fishing licenses continue to crop up around the Midwest, and across the country. While seemingly a harmless way to thank those who served our country, discounted licenses are a double-edged sword …

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Here We Go Again… NH Bill Seeks to Seat Non-Sporting Citizens to Board of Commissioners

Why It Matters: Introduced on January 3, 2024, New Hampshire House Bill (HB) 1148 seeks to amend the current process and prerequisites in which a Fish & Game Commissioner is nominated and approved. With the proposed changes to RSA 206:2 Appointment of Commission the nominating process would make nominees for an open seat public by …

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Conservation Policy Trends We Expect to See Moving in the Southeast This Year

Why It Matters: Hunting and fishing are integral components of many Southern states’ traditions. This is reflected in the legislature, where several states support firearm ownership and use, dedicated conservation funding, and several other pro-sportsmen measures to ensure that outdoor sporting traditions are protected for generations to come. However, there is still much more work …

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LAKES Act Launched in House

Why It Matters: For years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has collected recreation fees at most public-use facilities on Corps properties around the country, including boat ramps. Instead of using those fees for the upkeep or improvement of those boating access sites, the fees have been diverted to the general treasury of the …

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