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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Rep. Kind co-sponsors bill to expand outdoor activities

La Crosse - U.S. Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) has co-sponsored the bipartisan Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act in the U.S House of the Representatives, which reauthorizes a number of measures to expand access for hunting and other outdoor activities. 

“For many families in western and central Wisconsin, including my own, outdoor reaction is a time to bond with loved ones and enjoy the outdoors,” said Rep. Kind. “I’m passionate about protecting the rights of hunters and anglers across the country so they can pass on the sporting tradition to future generations. The SHARE Act will provide better access to outdoor opportunities and will protect Wisconsin’s abundant natural resources.”

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC). It is a package of bills aimed at expanding access to outdoor recreation and protecting the rights of hunters, including:

  • Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act: Modifies the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to increase the proportion of funding from the Act that states may use for acquiring land for public target ranges.
  • Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act: Federal public land management officials must facilitate hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on certain federal public land.
  • Farmer and Hunter Protection Act: Revises standards for determining what a baited area is for purposes of the prohibition on taking migratory game birds.

Recently, Rep. Kind introduced the Sportsmen’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Enhancement (SCORE) Act, which reauthorizes a number of measures to conserve hunting and fishing habitats. He is a longtime member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and has previously served as both the vice chair and co-chair of the caucus.

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