An important milestone has been reached as 100 co-sponsors have now signed onto the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, H.R. 1825, introduced by Congressman Dan Benishek of Michigan. The legislation received bi-partisan support when it was voted out of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on June 17th and now awaits a floor vote.

“America’s hunters and anglers have worked diligently to lobby their members of Congress, asking H.R. 1825 to be passed into law. 100 co-sponsors have heard this call, and the U.S. House of Representatives should now pass H.R. 1825 to protect hunting and fishing on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands permanently,” said Safari Club International President Craig Kauffman.

“SCI would like to thank Congressman Benishek for his leadership along with the other organizations who are supporting H.R. 1825,” said SCI’s Director of Government Affairs Melissa Simpson. “This legislation continues to be the most pro-active and positive bill currently moving in the House to ensure that future generations of sportsmen and women will have equal access to opportunities to hunt and fish on federal lands without having to continually fight legal battles.”

Safari Club International hosted a “Lobby Day” on May 10th and more than 80 hunters traveled to D.C. to meet with their elected officials on the importance of H.R. 1825.  On the same day, SCI’s Melissa Simpson testified at a hearing before the Committee on Natural Resources Sub-Committee on Public Lands in support of H.R. 1825. More recently SCI hosted a breakfast briefing on July 10th with the members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

“With over 30 million hunters and anglers across the U.S. and an additional 30 million Americans who participate in the shooting sports each year, it is imperative that the U.S. House of Representatives take speedy action to pass H.R. 1825 and protect the outdoor heritage that we all share,” concluded Simpson.

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