Sportsmen’s Heritage Act Clears Key Hurdle

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Sportsmen Need to Call Their Congressmen Now

The newly introduced House Resolution 4089—strongly supported by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) – has cleared the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee and awaits a vote before the full House.  The bill passed the committee by a vote of 27 to 16.

HR 4089, which is a package of four high-priority bills will:

  • Classify BLM and US Forest Service land as open to hunting, fishing and recreational shooting unless closed or restricted based on scientific evidence;
  • Confirm that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot ban lead in traditional ammunition or in sport fishing gear;
  • Protect recreational shooting on BLM National Monument land; and
  • Allow the import of legally hunted polar bear trophies now tangled in federal red-tape.

“USSA is pleased that the House Natural Resources Committee took such prompt action to approve H.R. 4089 — the most important pro-hunting legislation since the 1997 Refuge Improvement Act,” said Bill Horn, USSA Director of Federal Affairs (and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior).  “We tip our hats to the 24 Republicans and three Democrats who supported the bill.”

Click here to view the vote breakdown.

The American Sportfishing Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Safari Club International, USSA, and many other organizations are working hard to ensure passage by a broad bi-partisan majority.

Take Action! Every sportsman and sportswoman should contact their Congressman now and urge them to support this groundbreaking bill. Ask your Congressman to vote yes on HR 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012.  To find your Congressman’s contact information, visit USSA’s Legislative Action Center at
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
801 Kingsmill Parkway
Columbus, Ohio 43229