The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, a measure including 17 items to protect habitat and access for anglers and hunters, failed Monday night with a U.S. Senate vote of 50 to 44.
One feature of the bill would have raised the long standing $15 price for a federal duck stamp. The increase is estimated to add $132 million for wetland development in the coming decade.
Environmental groups objected to a provision that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating components used in firearms and fishing tackle.
Just before the vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) stated that the bill violated Senate budget rules.
Both New York senators, Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, voted in favor of the bill. Schumer noted the contents of the bill “probably has more agreement on the other side [Republicans] than this side [Democrats].”
Sponsors are working to resolve procedural problems and have the bill reintroduced in this session.
For details on a bipartisan effort to bring this bill back on the Senate floor, visit keepamericafishing.org/sportsmensact.
Timely opening, closing
Kyle Casey, 14, hunted with dad, Ken, in Alden and timed the archery opener for deer just right. Son and dad took separate treestands, allowable for youths during the bow season, and dad watched as Kyle took his first shot and clean kill.
Kyle downed a solid six-pointer on the day he celebrated his 14th birthday.
Regular gun season ends today at sunset, but bow (regular and crossbow) and muzzleloader hunts continue until Dec. 18 at sunset.
Rutting activity has virtually passed, but minimal snow cover has deer moving and feeding at odd hours of the day.
Experts look for continued good deer movement throughout the day, with the suggestion to heighten the watch near sunrise and sunset times.
Barebow goes e-book
All seven volumes of Dennis Dunn’s popular 2008 publication, “Barebow,” offer a series of 18 stories that provide excitement for interest levels ranging from hardcore hunters to armchair adventurers interested in learning more about wildlife.
Those volumes are now available electronically from either Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes & Noble’s Nook bookstore.