Outdoor magazines support Tester's Sportsmen's Act

2012-11-29T12:07:00Z Outdoor magazines support Tester's Sportsmen's Act The Billings Gazette
November 29, 2012 12:07 pm

Montana Sen. Jon Tester's Sportsmen's Act of 2012 gained the support of two biggies in the outdoor publishing industry on Thursday.

Field & Stream and Outdoor Life issued calls to their readers and other sportsmen to contact their senators to support the act.

The bill was blocked earlier this week by Repbulican senators who said it cost too much money, although it originally had bipartisan support.

“The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 is so important to outdoor sports that it prompted us out of our reporting role and turned us into advocates,” said Anthony Licata, editorial director for Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. “This is not the time to be divisive or partisan because this is likely the most important piece of hunting and fishing legislation of our generation.”

According to Licata, the magazines do not typically endorse political candidates or legislation, so this move marks the first time in recent history that they have changed that policy.

Field & Stream’s and Outdoor Life’s reporting touted the many benefits of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, including:

"35 million acres of public hunting and fishing land that was previously inaccessible would be opened by using revenue from offshore oil and gas leases to buy access from private owners.

"Help for troubled waterfowl populations with the reauthorization of the North American Wetland Conservation Act, which uses federal money to support state, local, and private wetlands projects.

"Establishing more public shooting ranges, which are sorely needed in many areas of the country, by channeling more money from the Pittman-Robertson excise tax on hunting and shooting equipment to create the resource.

"Raising the price of a duck stamp -- a federal license to hunt ducks, conceived and supported by sportsmen -- the proceeds of which help conserve waterfowl. And hunters would finally be allowed to buy stamps electronically."

Copyright 2015 The Billings Gazette. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More from the Gazette

Gear junkie: Chrome Industries takes cue from water sports world

Gear junkie: Chrome Industries takes cue from water sports world

October 02, 2014 12:45 am Photos



Wyoming outdoors: Time to offer suggestions on game birds' future

October 02, 2014 12:30 amLoading…

Increases to walleye bag limits OK'd on Helena reservoirs

October 10, 2013 5:07 pmLoading…

Triple-barrelled shotgun

January 16, 2013 12:29 pmLoading…
First wildlife bills on committee agenda's on Thursday

First wildlife bills on committee agenda's on Thursday

January 09, 2013 10:21 amLoading…
Snow boosts ski areas

Snow boosts ski areas

December 17, 2012 4:59 pm Photos


Before duck hunt even starts, there's a lot to do

Before duck hunt even starts, there's a lot to do

December 07, 2012 4:30 amLoading…

Stag party in Estes Park, Colo.

December 05, 2012 12:34 pmLoading…

Info sought on whitetail poachers

November 29, 2012 12:21 pmLoading…

GazOutdoors Blog

Brett French, the Gazette outdoor editor, brings you great outdoor info, advice, and events in addition to what you get in the Billings Gazette.


Brett French

Outdoors editor for the Billings Gazette.

All the news from the outdoors scene, delivered to your email inbox daily.

Get weekly ads via e-mail

Deals & Offers

Featured Businesses