Wyoming Senator introduces HELP bill to enhance America’s sporting heritage On June 30, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced S.1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act (HELP for

Hearing Protection Act language added to SHARE Act The Outdoor Wire reports the House Committee on Natural Resources will conduct a hearing this morning (June 14) in which the Federal Lands Subcommittee will hear a discussion draft of the Sportsmen’s

White House budget would cut Interior funding by 11 percent Public lands fish and wildlife habitat, public access funding, and hunting and angling opportunities will face severe negative impacts in the administration’s fiscal 2018 budget, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA)

Federal lead ban imposed on last day of Obama administration The Washington Post reports Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke repealed the lead ammunition and fishing tackle ban instituted on federal lands. Zinke’s repeal countermands the order made by former U.S. Fish

Senate confirmed new Interior Secretary 68-31 The Senate confirmed Wednesday Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to lead the Department of the Interior. The vote was 68-31, with all voting Republicans and 17 members of the Democratic caucus backing him. Republican Sen.

Bill would transfer agency’s duties to FBI, DEA The Outdoor Hub reports on a bill in Congress to eliminate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin authored the bill, the ATF Elimination Act. It

Interior Secretary pick Montana congressman The latest pick for Interior Secretary by President-elect Donald Trump is Montana congressman Ryan Zinke, the Washington Post reports. According to the paper, Zinke, a lifelong hunter and fisherman, has defended public access to federal

Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act languished in Congress with un-passed Energy Conference report The 114th Congress will adjourn this year without having passed the Energy Conference Report containing the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. In the end, Congressional leadership didn’t believe important components of

Letters sent to congressional leadership Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) leaders sent a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), as well as a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and

The MDF & other sportsmen’s groups held a conference call with members from the press to discuss concerns and impacts of the federal government shutdown.