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Hunters Win Big In U.S. House Of Representatives Vote

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) to modernize the use of Pittman-Robertson (PR) funds for recruiting hunters and recreational shooters.  Passage of the bill is a huge success for sportsmen and women eager to inspire a new generation of hunters.

The bill, H.R. 2591, entitled the “Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow's Needs Act” increases flexibility for state wildlife managers by allowing the use of Pittman-Robertson (P-R) funds for recruiting hunters and recreational shooters.  The added flexibility is critical to ensuring long-term stability of revenue sources to fund fish and wildlife conservation in the States.

hunting rifleIf fully enacted, H.R. 2591 would expand the Multistate Conservation Grant Program by providing an additional $5 million per year from the archery-related excise taxes.  The bill also caps the amount of funds that can be spent on hunter and recreational shooter recruitment to ensure wildlife conservation remains the focus of Pittman-Robertson.

Rep. Scott’s bill had the support of several hunting and shooting groups and was a top priority for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.  The overall goal of Scott’s legislation is expanding the revenue going into Pittman-Robertson, not by raising taxes or fees, but by expanding the number of hunters and recreational shooters.

“With a national decline in outdoor recreational activities, Pittman-Robertson funds are shrinking and our state and local habitats are suffering, which is why I have been fighting to give states more flexibility in how they use their PR funds and hopefully attract more Americans to the outdoors in the process,” said Rep. Scott in a statement after House approval.

A companion bill in the U.S. Senate, S. 1613, sponsored by Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) is awaiting a hearing in the Environment and Public Works Committee.

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