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Bait Conservation Tips

Wildlife Forever’s coalition of partners and bait shops across the Midwest are reminding anglers how to properly handle live bait after a day on the water.  Releasing leftover bait into the environment can pose risk of spreading diseases and aquatic invasive species, which can have devastating effects. New custom bait bags and posters with the message “Don’t Let it Loose” are now available for distribution. The bags give instructions about how to properly dispose of the bait in the trash or how…

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Scenic Lake

Earlier today, with active support and engagement from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2021 (S. 1995)– a critical bill that will sustain the most significant funding for state-based fisheries conservation– with overwhelming bipartisan support. This legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate on June 9 by Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) and Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) member Senator Roger Wicker…

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Capitol Building

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee held an executive session that included consideration and passage of several bills supported by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). This included committee passage of S. 1995, the Sport Fish Restoration, Recreational Boating Safety, and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2021, authored by Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). “We’re pleased to see the Senate Commerce Committee’s strong support for reauthorizing the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund,” said Mike…

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Over the past year, there has been a significant increase in participation and demand for outdoor recreation, which has created challenges and opportunities for the recreational fishing and the broader outdoor recreation industries. Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, held a hearing to examine the state of outdoor tourism and the recreation industry, including the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and communities. American Sportfishing Association (ASA) President Glenn Hughes provided testimony on the contributions that…

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Bass Fishing HOF Logo

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame will once again provide financial support to clubs, high school and college fishing teams affiliated with The Bass Federation and B.A.S.S Nation for conservation-related projects in 2021. Applications for the BFHOF grants are now available at https://aftco.com/pages/bass-fishing-hall-of-fame. This is all part of the Hall’s ongoing and expanding efforts to celebrate, preserve and promote the sport of bass fishing. “We look forward to playing a role in assisting with conservation projects spearheaded by bass anglers…

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