Hunting News

The following is copied from the June Update from the Wildlife Legislative Fund of America:

Florida Bills to Ban Youth Hunts Are Defeated

    Two Florida Bills that would have restricted youth hunting activities have been defeated in committee.

    The WLFA recently alerted sportsmen, including through the weekly On Target email update, about two bills in Florida that threatened to ban the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from sponsoring youth hunts.   House Bill 445, sponsored by Representative Smith (D-Broward), and Senate Bill 824, sponsored by Senator Wasserman-Schultz (D-Broward), would have put the future of hunting in Florida in jeopardy by limiting opportunities for young people to learn about the sport.

    Many concerned sportsmen and sportswomen in Florida wrote to their representatives an senators to express opposition to HB 445 and SB 824.  Thanks to those committed sportsmen, HB 445 failed to pass out of the House Committees for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention, Corrections and Safety.  It also failed to move in the House Council for Ready Infrastructure.  Senate Bill 824 did not pas the Senate Natural Resources, Judiciary or Government Oversight and Productivity Committees.  Because the deadlines for these bills to move out of committees have passed, they are no longer threats in this legislative session.

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