In a bipartisan vote, the 28 members of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1825, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act of 2013. Congressman Dan Benishek (MI) was instrumental in advancing H.R. 1825.
Millions of Americans, including thousands of SCI Members, hunt and shoot on public lands. The Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act of 2013 recognizes the rightful place of recreational hunting, fishing and shooting on federal lands and protects those opportunities from being closed to the public without justification.
By passing this legislation out of committee and to the House floor, the committee has helped to protect the hunting heritage for future generations.
“Public lands are essential to American sportsmen and women as a means of access to available land,” said SCI President Craig Kauffman. “H.R. 1825 protects the opportunity to hunt on those lands. It is essential that the House advance H.R. 1825 with a vote, so that the U.S. Senate can adopt this legislation, necessary to preserve the sporting heritage of Americans for years to come.”
The U.S. House of Representatives passed similar legislation in the 112th Congress and Safari Club International remains hopeful the current bill moves quickly to a floor vote for passage. Hunters all across America are encouraged to contact their lawmakers and ask them to protect American’s sporting heritage for future generations by supporting H.R. 1825.