Commission Restructuring Bill Gains Momentum During Kansas’ Veto Session

The Kansas legislative session adjourned in early April and reconvened for the start of their veto session on April 29. While many of the bills that the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation was tracking failed due to legislative deadlines, an attempt to alter the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission’s appointment process resurfaced.


CSF Access and State Management Authority Priorities Pass U.S. House

Last Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act as well as the Trust the Science Act on a bipartisan vote. The Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act will help maintain access for sportsmen and women by ensuring that federal agencies do not arbitrarily or haphazardly ban traditional ammunition and fishing tackle. The Trust the Science Act recognizes that gray wolves have been recovered across the country and rightfully restores their primary management to state fish and wildlife agencies.



House and Senate Ag Committee Chairs Release Initial Farm Bill Plans

Last week, Chairman G.T. Thompson of the House Agriculture Committee released his framework for the next iteration of the Farm Bill while Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry released her version of the bill. Since each chamber is controlled by opposite parties, these efforts likely represent the starting points for negotiations as the Farm Bill reauthorization process continues. Fortunately for sportsmen and women, both plans contain many priorities shared among members of the sporting-conservation community.



Pro-Sportsmen Legislation on the Move in Louisiana

Our four-legged canine companions can play a crucial role in many aspects of our sporting traditions, including utilizing them to track and recover wounded game. Exhausting all available resources when tracking and recovering game is one of the cornerstones of hunting that ethical sportsmen and women share, so the use of tracking dogs is an important tool for many sportsmen and women. Additionally, ensuring that hunters, anglers, and trappers are protected from harassment on all state-managed properties open to hunting and fishing will help ensure that Louisiana’s sportsmen and women can continue to pursue their pastimes.


New Mexico Governor Calls for Special Session of the Legislature in July

The 2024 Regular Session of the New Mexico Legislature closed with a whimper as the large anti-gun and anti-sportsmen agenda mostly failed. Of the dozen or so anti bills that were proposed, only two made it through to the Governor, who has repeatedly made it clear that anti-gun policies are among her top priorities. Therefore, any talk about a special session, especially in the wake of a failed agenda, is cause for immediate concern from New Mexico’s sportsmen and women.


Public Hearing on the American Lobster Draft Addendum XXX to Amendment 3 (New Hampshire Fish and Game Department)

VTF&W to Hold Deer Hearings May 6 and 8 (The Outdoor Wire)

Kittery Trading Post Threatens to Move Firearms Business to New Hampshire Over New Gun Law (

Commission Approves 2024 Big Game Hunting Recommendations (Nebraska Game & Parks)

Regional Fishing Outlooks Available from Minnesota DNR in Preparation for Opener (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

Ohio's Wild Turkey Hunting Season Results Through Sunday, April 28 (Ohio Department of Natural Resources)

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Sets 2024-25 Hunting Regulations (The Greeneville Sun)

Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Chair, NASC Executive Council Member and Former President Senator Robin Webb Presented Excellence in Advocacy Award (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)


TSV Podcast Host Fred Bird is joined by CSF Director, Federal Relations Taylor Schmitz as the pair catches up with the Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s’ Caucus, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bruce Westerman to discuss the America’s Wildlife Habitat Conservation Act, which recently passed the House Natural Resources Committee. 



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