ACTION ALERT - Proposed Fish and Wildlife Board Changes Threaten Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping in Vermont

Introduced on January 12, 2024, Vermont Senate Bill 258 would change the composition of an appointment process for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board and would open the door for non-hunters and even anti-hunters to have a seat at the table and would ban coyote hunting with bait or hounds. Having Board members that are neutral, or even directly opposed to hunting, trapping, and fishing leads to obstructionism which, in turn, will potentially restrict access and opportunity for sportsmen and women. The pressure for non-consumptive representation on game commissions directly threatens the future of conservation in Vermont.


Kentucky Senate Bill 3 Defeated by Unified Opposition from the Sportsmen’s Community

Despite no sporting conservation organization being consulted on the front end about Senate Bill 3, the sporting conservation community sprang to action to oppose the legislation. National and in-state sporting conservation groups rallied alongside the Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus to defeat this legislation, which shows the importance of the sportsmen’s community working together to protect our pastimes and also underscores the importance of hunters and anglers to Kentucky’s culture and economy.



Legislative Recap for the Mount Rushmore State

The legislative session in South Dakota provided no shortage of legislation that would have both positive and negative impacts on sportsmen and women. The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation was active in supporting legislation that would ensure that responsible firearm owners can possess, transport, and use these important sporting tools, and was active in opposing legislation that would limit the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) ability to purchase land.



Iniquity in the Golden State: Annual Registration of Firearms Proposed in California Senate

Earlier this month, California Senator Anthony Portantino filed Senate Bill 1160 – Annual Firearms Registration. SB1160 would require exactly what its title says: registration of every firearm owned by Californians. This misguided and unnecessary legislation would impose additional burdensome requirements and costs on legal gun owners, while doing nothing to enhance public safety.



CSC Members Sens. Heinrich and Kennedy Lead Important Wetlands Conservation Program

Unfortunately, America has lost roughly 50% of its wetlands since the 1700s. However, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) provides strategic investments to conserving and restoring degraded wetlands across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Recently, Senators Heinrich and Kennedy introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for a period of five years and raises the authorization funding level from $60 million per year to $65 million annually.



Ambiguous Stream Access Legislation Headed to Governor Kemp’s Desk (Georgia Recorder)

Virginia Board of Wildlife Resources Considers Regulations for Hound Hunters (Virginia Mercury)

Iowa’s Spring Turkey Season is Right Around the Corner (Iowa Department of Natural Resources)

Bighorn Sheep Lottery Applications Begin April 15 (Nebraska Game and Parks)

Fish Stocking (Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is Saturday, April 20 (New Hampshire Fish and Game)

DEC to Host Third Annual Long Island Youth Turkey Program (New York State)

NRP Reminds Maryland’s Recreational Crabbers to Comply with Conservation Laws (Maryland Department of Natural Resources)


TSV host Fred Bird is joined during the kickoff of the turkey hunting season by Doug Little and Jerry McCutchen of the National Wild Turkey Federation, along with NWTF CEO Jason Burckhalter. After winding down their 50th anniversary year, the boys talk through 50 years of conservation success in 2023. 



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