For the millions of American hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationists, federal public lands are an increasingly important destination.
Nearly half of all hunters conduct a portion of their hunting activity on these lands. Lack of access is cited as a primary reason that hunters and anglers stop participating in these traditional activities. Numerous reports verify that access to Federal land is problematic in many places.
In fact, a 2004 report to the House Appropriations Committee concluded that more than 35 million acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service have inadequate access.
SCI believes that U.S. Federal Lands are to be managed under the principles of multiple-use. Outdoor recreation has been and should continue to be a primary use of U.S. Federal lands.
The opportunity to hunt on Federal lands should be a priority for every land and resource management plan. Federal agencies should be tasked with ensuring that abundant hunting opportunities are provided for unless hunting is deemed specifically incompatible with a specific unit of land.
Read SCI Supported Key Protective Legislation
|H.R. 1444: Federal Management Plans Include Hunting|
|H.R. 1581: Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act of 2011|
|H.R. 1997: Making Public Lands Public Access Act|