The number of threats to deer hunting is reaching an all-time high. From Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) to declining hunter number and bad government policies, we’re fighting fires on all fronts. The latest one — Senate Bill 2557.
According to the National Deer Alliance, this bill will impact the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), as well as public access availability. Not only that but it will also reduce the number of CRP coverage to 24 million acres. That’s the lowest in history if the bill passes. The goal for those who proposed the bill? Reallocating the decreased figure for other Farm Bill programs.
Both the NDA and Pheasants Forever oppose the bill (along with many others in the outdoor industry and on the conservation front.
“It’s astonishing that legislation aimed at further cutting critical CRP acres is being introduced at a time when the only discussion on the table should be expansion,” said NDA President and CEO Nick Pinizzotto. “It is important that sportsmen contact their senators today to let them know that this bill is a bad deal for wildlife and conservation.”
Simply put, this bill will hurt wildlife, and not just deer. It will impact many different game animals we love and cherish including deer, turkey, pheasants, quail, rabbits and more.
Do you oppose SB 2557? If so, contact your representatives and senators today and express your opinion. Advocate for wildlife. Advocate for hunting. Help ensure wildlife will be here to enjoy for generations to come.
Whitetails make the hunting world go round. Josh Honeycutt, deer hunting editor and "Brow Tines and Backstrap" blogger, knows a fair bit about killing mature deer. He was raised up hunting the river bottoms of Kentucky. And he still hunts there—among other places—to this day.
Follow along as he shares his adventures, experiences and knowledge of the white-tailed deer.