The Recreational Fishing & Hunting Heritage & Opportunities Act (H.R. 1825) was readied for a vote in the House of Representatives. The House Committee on Natural Resources reported the bill on Friday, January 31. The Committee on Agriculture was discharged from consideration and the measure was placed on the Union Calendar so the House can vote.
Read the report at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/R?cp113:FLD010:@1%28hr337%29:.
The bill would require operators of all U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management properties to consider recreational hunting, fishing and shooting in their land management plans. It would not allow these activities in places where prescribed by law. Operators could continue to forbid the activities where needed for resource conservation, to protect public safety, ensure national security or use lands to produce energy.
The bill also authorizes managers to allow shooting ranges.
The bill would establish that hunting, fishing and shooting are presumed allowable, which would make it more difficult to challenge decisions allowing them. Bill sponsors complain that court cases have restricted hunting in ways Congress did not intend.
For the legislative history of the bill, see the stories linked to below.