NRC Passes Bill to Modernize Pittman Robertson Act

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Natural Resources Committee passes Bill to modernize Pittman-Robertson Act

SF&WR LogoEDGEFIELD, S.C. — The modernization of wildlife conservation funding took a step forward earlier this week as the House Committee on Natural Resources gave their nod to legislation aimed at recruitment and retention of new hunters.

H.R. 2591, Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2017, was authored by Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., with original co-sponsors Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas.

Scott, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and Vice Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, introduced the bipartisan legislation to allow states to use more funds for the recruitment of hunters and recreational shooters.

American Conservation“We are thankful for Congressman Scott’s leadership in the P-R modernization legislation,” said Becky Humphries NWTF CEO. “As a hunter, Congressman Scott knows this act is greatly needed to update the foundation of the legislation and allow us to recover hunter numbers, just as hunters have helped wildlife recover across the country.”

H.R. 2591 amends the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act, to allow additional funding for hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) efforts in two ways. The first would provide financial and technical assistance to states for the promotion of hunting and recreational shooting, which would allow a broader use in how those funds can be used, such as providing ranges for recreational shooters.

The second change would allow use of a portion of funds to be used for marketing of R3. More hunters and shooters would mean more Pittman-Robertson dollars to put conservation into action across the nation on a larger scale. These changes will help Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. across the nation.

The Pittman-Robertson Act is funded by an excise tax on firearm and ammunition purchases. These funds are distributed to state wildlife agencies and earmarked for hunter education programs and projects to restore and manage wildlife habitat.

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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