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Key Legislative Updates from the Upper Midwest

Why It Matters: Bills piling up on legislative calendars across the country means that hunters, anglers, recreational shooters, and trappers could see changes to their favorite pastimes. The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is committed to protecting our time-honored outdoor traditions through active engagement in the legislative process. Highlights:  With legislative sessions across the country in full …

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Technology and the Fair Chase Ethic

Summary Recent advances in technology, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), which can assist in the tracking and taking of game, have posed an ethical debate within the hunting community. Legislators and sportsmen should be mindful of Fair Chase issues and, on a state-by-state basis, determine if legislation is warranted to ensure hunting is practiced …

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Virtual Conservation Policy Forum Held in the North Star State

Contact: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager On February 16, the Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus (Caucus) hosted a virtual conservation policy forum that was co-hosted with the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance (MOHA). This was the first event held by the Caucus in several years and the first virtual event a National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucus (NASC) has held …

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Midwest: 2020 Regional Legislative Update

Contacts: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager; Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States Coordinator Since many Midwestern states have either wrapped up their 2020 legislative sessions or remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s States Program Team will be providing brief regional legislative updates over the next few weeks. Below …

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Midwest: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Attends Annual Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic

Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States Coordinator On February 14-16, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Lower Midwestern States Coordinator, Kent Keene, attended the 2020 Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic hosted by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Minneapolis, MN. In attendance were representatives from state fish and wildlife agencies, hunting and conservation organizations, Natural Resource Conservation …

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Open Fields Doctrine

Summary As with many Constitutional protections, the court system has created carve-outs and exceptions to the Fourth Amendment, one being the Open Fields Doctrine. This doctrine holds that the expectation of privacy provided by the Fourth Amendment does not extend to “open fields” or other wooded properties, regardless of whether a property is posted with …

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