Shocking news for hunters: New regulations revealed.

In a move that has sent shockwaves through the hunting community, the Biden administration has announced its intention to impose restrictions on the equipment hunters can use on federal refuges.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released its hunting and fishing rule for the upcoming season, which includes a ban on cost-effective lead ammunition and fishing tackle in eight national wildlife refuges by 2026. This decision has drawn strong opposition from sportsmen groups who view it as a backdoor attack on hunting.

Lawrence Keane, the senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, expressed his disappointment, stating, “This is the latest example of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service creating rules that punish hunters, threaten conservation funding, and advance special interests without sound scientific evidence.” He further criticized the administration for disregarding its promise to “follow the science” and accused it of pursuing an anti-gun and anti-hunting agenda.

Under the proposed FWS rule, sportsmen will be prohibited from using lead ammunition or tackle in eight federally managed refuges, including popular destinations such as Blackwater in Maryland and Rachel Carson in Maine.

The ban is scheduled to take effect on September 1, 2026. The FWS claims that the rule is based on the “best available science” and cites negative impacts on human health and wildlife as the rationale behind the decision.

However, Benjamin Cassidy, executive vice president for international government and public affairs at Safari Club International, argues that the administration is contradicting itself.

While seeking credit for expanding hunting and fishing access on public lands, the Biden administration is simultaneously implementing bans that create significant cost barriers for sportsmen and women across the country. Cassidy believes that these restrictions will prevent Americans from enjoying the freedom to hunt and fish on public lands.

This move by the Biden administration is not an isolated incident. In 2021, the Center for Biological Diversity sued the federal government over a rule that expanded hunting and fishing across millions of acres.

Instead of defending the rule, the Biden administration chose to settle with the environmental group and agreed to take further steps to restrict hunting and protect wildlife on national wildlife refuges. This settlement paved the way for the current lead ammunition and tackle bans proposed by the FWS.

Sportsmen and conservationists alike are urging Congress to take action to protect hunters and anglers. The Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act, introduced by Sen. Steve Daines and supported by 22 fellow Republicans, would prevent agencies like the FWS, Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management from imposing lead ammunition or tackle bans without solid scientific evidence. It is crucial to safeguard the rights and traditions of hunters and anglers while ensuring the preservation of wildlife.

The Biden administration’s decision to restrict equipment used by hunters has ignited a fierce debate. Hunters across the country are concerned about the encroachment on their rights and the potential repercussions for the future of hunting.

As the battle continues, it is imperative for Republican lawmakers and supporters to stand up for the rights of sportsmen and women and ensure that decisions regarding hunting regulations are based on sound scientific evidence rather than political agendas.

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