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Urge your Senators to Support
the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act!

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee just passed the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015 (S.556)-a comprehensive bill addressing a variety of important issues for hunters, anglers and recreational shooters. The bill also seeks to maintain open access to public lands for hunting, fishing and other recreation. It received only one dissenting vote.

RMEF has been a staunch supporter of this bill since its introduction and has worked diligently with the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation to assure its passage.

Advancing the bill out of the committee is a good first step but we need the full Senate to follow suit. Please reach out to your senators online or by calling (202) 224-3121 to urge them to support this important sportsmen legislation without delay.

We appreciate your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

M. David Allen
RMEF President & CEO
Here is the letter RMEF sent to their membership. Mule deer foundation also sent out an email asking you to contact your senator to support the Sportsmen Act of 2015. If you support public lands, access, the LWCF, and a bright future for the hunting and angling community, contact your senators and ask them to support this piece of legislation as is, and to do it as quickly as possible. Here is a link to the list of representatives in the senate:

http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
 

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Who was the dissenting vote from?
 

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Who was the dissenting vote from?
Mike Lee unfortunately. Utah can be an embarrassing state because of our representatives.

The legislation was reported out of the committee with overwhelming bipartisan support. Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) cast the sole recorded vote opposing the measure.
 
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Email sent--Mike Lee is not getting my vote in 2016, I dont want to vote for a Dem but I can't stomach these knot heads screwing with public lands
Do like I've done for the last 3 presidential elections. Write in a name, I've voted for my grandson 3 presidential elections in a row. I figure he couldn't do any worse than the garbage we keep electing and running for president.
 

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Email sent--Mike Lee is not getting my vote in 2016, I dont want to vote for a Dem but I can't stomach these knot heads screwing with public lands
Certainly doesn't appear that any of our state representatives really have our interests as sportsmen in mind......AT ALL.
 

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Certainly doesn't appear that any of our state representatives really have our interests as sportsmen in mind......AT ALL.
Yeah I wish we had a organization that we threw millions of dollars at via sportsman expo tags. That would help with these matters
 

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This is not new to Utah. We've been fighting the legislature on stream access for 6+ years now. We just won a very important case in district court finding that the law that literally took thousands of miles of stream away from the public was unconstitutional. It will get appealed by the losers, but we the people are on strong legal footing.

When the leading "sportsmen organization" in the state is working diligently and lobbying to end opportunities for the average Joe, the odds are stacked against you. Good thing our judge wasn't bought and paid for!
 

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Email sent--Mike Lee is not getting my vote in 2016, I dont want to vote for a Dem but I can't stomach these knot heads screwing with public lands
This is the exact attitude that we need more of here in Utah. In stead of just voting for "the party", we must examine issues and vote accordingly. If Utah outdoor recreationalists...hunters, fisherman, bird watchers, mountain bikers, hikers, etc,etc would take five minutes and examine the positions of our current representatives and the Republican party's positions on outdoors in general, there is a good chance people like we have in office now would never be re-elected again.
Stop with the bashing based on party and vote for people that actually believe the way you do.
 

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This is not new to Utah. We've been fighting the legislature on stream access for 6+ years now. We just won a very important case in district court finding that the law that literally took thousands of miles of stream away from the public was unconstitutional. It will get appealed by the losers, but we the people are on strong legal footing.

When the leading "sportsmen organization" in the state is working diligently and lobbying to end opportunities for the average Joe, the odds are stacked against you. Good thing our judge wasn't bought and paid for!
Just to be crystal clear for everyone reading this, Sportsmen for FISH and Wildlife openly supported the bill that closed access to Utah's streams. Saying it was overreach by "greedy" fly fishermen.

Is it any wonder you can't get these guys on record right now about the TPL? Yet they are in bed with all the players. Remember these are the same guys that pull all the strings at the DWR.

Less wildlife equals less work for the DWR, and helps to drive the price of tags. Privatize public lands and it starts to look like Texas, or most places back East, which is what these people yearn to be like. Which is why they make all their money grifting, selling public resources. The "Quality Era" that brought us this mind set was bad, but make no mistake, we are at a cross roads, and the next era has the potential to be even worse.

The Sportsmen's act of 2015 is a small ray of light, in what has otherwise become a pretty dark cloud hanging over Western public hunting and wildlife. I honestly can't say that it is all that remarkable, but considering the current backdrop, it shines bright.
 
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Just to be crystal clear for everyone reading this, Sportsmen for FISH and Wildlife openly supported the bill that closed access to Utah's streams. Saying it was overreach by "greedy" fly fishermen.

Is it any wonder you can't get these guys on record right now about the TPL? Yet they are in bed with all the players. Remember these are the same guys that pull all the strings at the DWR.

Less wildlife equals less work for the DWR, and helps to drive the price of tags. Privatize public lands and it starts to look like Texas, or most places back East, which is what these people yearn to be like. Which is why they make all their money grifting, selling public resources. The "Quality Era" that brought us this mind set was bad, but make no mistake, we are at a cross roads, and the next era has the potential to be even worse.

The Sportsmen's act of 2015 is a small ray of light, in what has otherwise become a pretty dark cloud hanging over Western public hunting and wildlife. I honestly can't say that it is all that remarkable, but considering the current backdrop, it shines bright.
Actually in emailing and going back and forth between some commissioners in southern Utah, they said Don Peay and Ryan Benson have been very supportive of the land transfer. There is a reason these guys haven't come out like all the other sportsmens groups and said they oppose the transfer of public lands, because behind the scenes they are fully supporting it. SFW is as dangerous as any environmental group in this state, if not worse because they're killing us from within.
 
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