February 14, 2012
Federal Budget Will Help Hunters and Shooters Gain Access to Public Lands
Reduced access to federal lands is cited as a primary reason that hunters, anglers and target shooters stop participating in these traditional sports. Given this, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – is pleased that the Fiscal Year 2013 budget includes a total of $7.5 million for improving hunting and shooting access to federal lands administered by the Departments of Agriculture and Interior. Securing this funding is a priority for NSSF.
Once appropriated by Congress, the funding will allow the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to significantly enhance and expand hunting and shooting access on existing federal lands – many of which are currently closed or extremely difficult to access.