Conservation Leaders Urge Congress to Pass Sportsmen’s Priorities


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Cyrus Baird



For Immediate Release: 12/10/2018


Washington, D.C.– Today, the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports, along with other leaders in the conservation community sent letters to both House and Senate leadership urging them to work together in a bipartisan fashion to pass legislation important to the sportsmen’s community before the end of the 115th Congress.

Included in these sportsmen’s priorities, is the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act, which would allow state fish and wildlife agencies the flexibility they need to address the declining number of hunters by using existing funds from the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Fund to increase hunting and recreational shooting opportunities. It would also clarify that one of the purposes of these funds is to provide financial and technical assistance to the states for hunter recruitment and retention, hunter education programs, and education programs to the non-hunting public.

“Congress has the chance to pass several pieces of legislation during this Lame Duck session that would greatly benefit the sportsmen and women of America,” said Cyrus Baird, Director of Programs for the Council. “By modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Act, state agencies will be able to better recruit, retain and reactivate hunters and target shooters which will ensure our American system of conservation funding remains strong for generations to come. Both House and Senate leadership should work together in every way possible to ensure these important bills that are sent to the Presidents desk.”

Click here to view the letter sent to Senate leadership.

Click here to view the letter sent to House leadership.


Purpose: Ensure support for and active participation in hunting and the shooting sports for future generations.

Vision: America where hunting and the shooting sports are an integral part of mainstream culture and where hunters and shooters are widely recognized as premiere conservation contributors.

Mission: Facilitate the promotion and growth of hunting and the shooting sports and the education of the public on the contributions that hunters and shooters make towards wildlife conservation.

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