U.S. House of Representatives H.R. 4089

USSA, Bear Hunting Magazine

HR 4089 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.

Hunters have faced numerous federally imposed restrictions in recent years. New legislation in Congress, to be put on a fast track in the U.S. House of Representatives, tackles some of the worst restrictions on our sporting heritage. One of them regarding bear hunting.

The newly introduced H.R. 4089 is a package of four high-priority bills (Titles I-IV) to protect and enhance hunting, fishing and recreational shooting, especially on public lands. The new bill would allow the import of legally hunted polar bear trophies now tangled in federal red-tape.

Title I (former H.R. 2834) the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act.

Title II protects recreational shooting on BLM National Monument lands reversing recent unwarranted restrictions on this traditional activity.

Title III allows the importation from Canada of 41 polar bear trophies stuck in legal limbo. These trophies were taken before the bear was listed as an endangered species but could not be imported legally after the listing occurred. The provision enables hunters to bring home their taxidermy mounts.

Title IV confirms that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot ban lead in traditional ammunition or in sport fishing gear.

As H.R. 4089 begins to move in Congress, sportsmen need to voice their strong support to their Representatives.

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