by Karen Mehall Phillips and Erin C. Healy - Friday, September 14, 2018
Hunter-conservationist organizations from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation to the National Rifle Association are pleased to report that on Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2591 titled, “Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2017.” The bill allows state wildlife agencies to use Pittman-Robertson monies specifically for hunter and recreational shooter recruitment. The collective hunting and shooting sports community considers this flexibility essential in stabilizing finances for state agencies tasked with conserving fish and wildlife into the future within constricted budgets due to dwindling hunter participation.
As the U.S. Senate prepares to weigh in on the legislation, we American hunters are waiting to see what happens next. In the meantime, to understand how pivotal sportsmen are to conservation successes nationwide, read NRAHLF.org contributor Phil Phillips’ article, “Hunters and Anglers Amass $1.1 Billion for Conservation,” and Mark Duda’s “Hunters’ Contributions to Wildlife Conservation.”
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