- Recreational Fishing, Hunting & Shooting on Public Land
This section of the bill is pretty simple. It expressly allows hunting, fishing and shooting on all public lands except for National Parks, or certain areas administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service. It also clearly indicates that private lands under conservation easement are not open for hunting unless specified by the landowner. This provision goes farther than simply allowing hunting, fishing and shooting. It forces Federal land managers to take into account the effects of public land management planning on wildlife and those of us who hunt and fish on public lands. There is a lot of detail in this section of the bill that even deal with closures of land that are over 1280 acres or more. While this section does not place hunting and angling as a priority on public lands, it does, finally, give hunting and fishing the due stature they deserve when it comes to public land planning.