Last week, The Hawaii House of Representatives and Senate passed House Bill 1872. This bill requires Department of Land and Natural Resources to recognize game birds and mammals as a sustainable food source that must be effectively managed to reduce negative impacts on the landscape. This legislation comes at an important time when the overall lack of publicly available hunting land is a major concern and problem.
President of the Maui Sportsmen’s Club Troy Helmer was recently quoted as saying “There’s no place legally to hunt right now.” Lack of hunting access has proven an intractable problem in Hawaii for many years. Because HB 1872 focuses on hunters providing food for their families, this bill has a chance of giving hunters a voice in political affairs, a voice that is desperately needed. HB 1872 awaits Governor David Ige’s decision to sign or veto the legislation, one that is expected in the coming days.
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.