Folks from Tennessee may want to call Senator Alexander at 202-224-4944 to ask him to sponsor SB 170.

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Tennessee Senator Holds Key Vote to Protect Hunting on Public Land

Urgent Calls Needed NOW!

Senator Lamar Alexander is in a key position to help pass legislation that would protect hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on millions of acres of federal public land. Senate Bill 170, sponsored by Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, states that fishing, hunting and recreational shooting have a key place on National Forests and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. It provides protections for these activities against attacks by the animal rights lobby, which has fought to stop hunting on all public lands.

The key provision of the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act (S.170) is the “Open Until Closed” language, which mandates that National Forest and BLM lands are open to hunting, fishing and recreational shooting unless specific steps are taken to close those lands for necessary and demonstrable reasons.

“Open Until Closed” is a game changer for the future of hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on public land. It closes the door on abusive lawsuits filed by animal rights groups intended to shut American sportsmen and women out of millions of acres of Forest Service land and Bureau of Land Management land. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance advocated and led the passage of a similar law in 1997 that now protects sportsmen’s access to millions of acres of National Wildlife Refuge land.

To have a chance to pass the Senate, S.170 will need to attract support from Senators from both parties and from all regions of the country.

Take Action! Senator Alexander is key because he is from a state where hunting is prominent and he is up for re-election in 2014. Sportsmen should call 202-224-4944 to ask him to cosponsor S.170 because it is vital to the future of hunting on public lands.

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
801 Kingsmill Parkway
Columbus, Ohio 43229