A new package of pro-sportsmen’s bills was introduced in the U.S. Senate today that addresses the top concerns of American hunters, anglers and recreational shooters. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski‘s Sportsmen’s Act protects hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on federal lands and slams the door on many legal loopholes through which the anti-hunting and extremist environmental lobbies attack sportsmen and women.
Among the items contained in the Sportsmen’s Act is essential “Open Until Closed” language which spells out in law that fishing, hunting and recreational shooting are legitimate and important activities. It mandates that U.S Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management properties are open to these pursuits unless specific steps are taken to close those lands for necessary, scientific reasons. This language is the top federal priority for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance because it blocks many potential lawsuits aimed at closing public land to American sportsmen and women. USSA championed a similar law in 1997 that focused on National Wildlife Refuges, which resulted in millions of acres of additional land access for hunters.