Several states have new regulations affecting hunting and shooting. California and Washington have seen the most egregious laws put in place.
Legislation to expand hunting opportunities in the State of Pennsylvania advanced as Senate Bill 147, sponsored by Senator Dan Laughlin (R-District 49), passed that chamber 36-14.
The bill, which would allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to add hunting on three Sundays a year, will now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Safari Club International and its more than 1,500 members in Pennsylvania support and applaud Senator Dan Laughlin’s efforts to bring Sunday hunting to Pennsylvania. Senator Laughlin’s efforts to expand additional hunting opportunities for all deserve accolades, not criticism.
In a move that thwarted public input, the New York State Senate pushed through an anti-hunting bill yesterday. The legislation, S. 4325, known as the Big Five African Trophies Act, had lain dormant for three months in committee.
New York Assembly Bill 722, introduced by Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick (D-Greenwich Village), would ban hunting competitions in the state of New York.
After outreach efforts from SCI members, this bill was tabled, but now has been amended and moved to the Assembly Committee on Codes.
Safari Club International President Paul Babaz today praised efforts that killed an anti-hunting bill in Connecticut’s Assembly.
The Connecticut Assembly adjourned sine die for the current session, handing anti-hunting groups a stinging defeat by failing to advance Senate Bill 20, which would have blocked importation of elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and giraffe parts from Africa.
At its February meeting, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Commissioners passed new deer hunting rules that take effect starting with the opening of archery and crossbow seasons in Zone A on Aug. 3, 2019.
Assembly Bill 1254, sponsored by California Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove prohibiting most bobcat hunting passed the Appropriations Committee on May 16 and is now headed for a floor vote in the full Assembly.
Connecticut Senate Bill 20, which passed the Senate on May 10, is now being considered in the Connecticut House of Representatives.
Hunters seeking a western adventure continue choosing Wyoming to pursue elk. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department saw an increase in non-resident elk applications for the 2019 season. Nonresidents submitted 23,750 applications, a 2.9 percent increase from 2018.