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Yesterday, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation returned to central North Carolina for the 18th year in a row to host the Annual Wine, Wheels & Wildlife event in partnership with NASCAR Hall of Famer and CSF Board of Directors Vice-Chair Richard Childress. The event, hosted at Childress Vineyards in scenic Lexington, North Carolina, brought together leaders from the sporting-conservation community including federal and state legislators, advocacy partners, industry allies, and NASCAR representatives. With fall in the air, attendees gathered to celebrate…

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On Thursday, September 15, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a final rule announcing the prohibition of lead fishing tackle on certain National Wildlife Refuges that are being opened to fishing. The American Sportfishing Association issued the following statement from Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Leonard. “It is deeply disappointing that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) ignored science and the concerns of the sportfishing industry. USFWS is charged with ensuring fish and wildlife resource management is rooted…

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In response to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) draft rule prohibiting the use of lead fishing tackle on certain National Wildlife Refuges, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) sent a letter signed by 234 individuals representing companies and organizations in the recreational fishing industry to USFWS Director Martha Williams, urging the agency to reconsider the proposal. The letter calls on USFWS to recognize that anglers should be allowed to use traditional fishing tackle unless science demonstrates negative impacts. Under the…

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Since 2015, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation has made the advancement of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) a top priority. This landmark legislation would invest $1.3 billion annually to state fish and wildlife agencies and $97.5 million annually to Tribal fish and wildlife managers to further on-the-ground fish, wildlife, and plant conservation efforts. All told, RAWA could impact more than 12,000 at risk species.  To get this bill across the finish line, it’s critical that members of the House of…

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On Tuesday, May 3, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously approved the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2022. The legislation is a package of provisions aimed at improving and increasing outdoor recreation opportunities, including recreational fishing, on federal lands. The American Sportfishing Association supports the bill and sent a letter thanking Sens. Joe Manchin (R-W.Va.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) for moving the bill forward. “The sportfishing industry thanks Chairman Manchin, Ranking Member Barrasso and the committee…

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