This week, AFFTA joined 28 other sportsmen’s, conservation and industry groups on a letter to Senator Jon Tester urging the U.S. Senate to pass the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, S. 3525.
Here is the letter to the Senator Tester:
* American Fisheries Society * American Fly Fishing Trade Association * Archery Trade Association * Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies * Boone and Crocket Club * Campfire Club of America * Catch-A-Dream Foundation * Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation * Conservation Force * Dallas Safari Club * Delta Waterfowl * Ducks Unlimited * Masters of Foxhounds Association * Mule Deer Foundation * National Rifle Association * National Shooting Sports Foundation * National Wild Turkey Federation * North American Bear Foundation * North American Grouse Partnership * Orion, The Hunter’s Institute * Pheasants Forever * Public Lands Foundation * Quail Forever * Quality Deer Management Association * Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation * Ruffed Grouse Society * Shimano * Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership * Wildlife Forever *
The Honorable Jon Tester
724 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
September 17, 2012
The Honorable Jon Tester:
The undersigned organizations from the recreational fishing, hunting, shooting, and wildlife conservation community strongly support passage of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525). This legislation is nearly identical to an amendment proposed to the 2012 Farm Bill, which we also supported.
The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 is essential to the expansion and enhancement of hunting and recreational fishing and shooting on federal public lands and the sustainability of fish and wildlife populations that support those activities. It is a compilation of a number of different bills that promote and advance our hunting and recreational fishing and shooting heritage, plus the continued authorization of several vital conservation programs, including those that enhance waterfowl and other fish and wildlife populations and habitat. Several of the hunting and fishing bills included in this legislation have passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis as part of H.R.4089, which our organizations also strongly supported.
We support S. 3525 and urge you and your colleagues to vote for passage of this important legislation. Thank you for your consideration of our request.