Washington, D.C.–U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-Montana) and additional Senate Republican colleagues in urging the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Martha Williams, not to cave in to activists’ calls to restrict the use of lead ammo and tackle on public lands.
“Policies or actions that reduce or limit sportsmen activities necessarily implicate wildlife conservation programs by affecting state agencies’ revenue. Such policies or actions also handcuff wildlife managers by removing a critical conservation tool while needlessly alienating one of our original conservationists, sportsmen. Phasing-out lead ammo and tackle on wildlife refuges would disproportionately affect lower-income households and those that depend on hunting and fishing for their subsistence as lead alternatives are often more expensive. The impact of such a policy would be devastating to the sportsmen heritage in our states,” the Senators wrote.
Read the full letter HERE.
Additional signatories of the letter include Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas).