I don't want this post to be political but someone in the Obama Whitehouse has proposed to rob the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund, the Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund and the Recreational Boating Fund of billions of dollars under the guise of "saving the polar bears."
In WV alone we received last year over 250 million dollars of these funds to spend on wildlife related projects. You may be familiar with the Wildlife Restoration Act as the other name Pittman and Robertson Act of 1936 and the Sport Fishing Restoration Trust Fund by the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950. These acts placed an excise tax on sporting goods purchased by sportsman and then were distributed back to the states according to the number of license purchased in that state. Every state stands to lose millions and millions if this goes through. This same thing was tried in 1985 through the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act and enough pressure was put on the congress that it didn't pass. You can check with your local conservation dept. and find out how much they will lose but WV will lose 40% of their wildlife budget. We would lose all of the money that we operate our Hunter Education program with. I was at a board meeting of our state Hunter Education Instructors and one of the guys from the state office was there and gave us the information. He was not a liberty to get too vocal and the states are depending on the sportsman to carry the torch.
The Act that they are trying to rob the money under is the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 ( P.L. 112-155 ) It is urgent that we take action now to protect the hunting, fishing and boating heritage of our nation. I can't express strongly enough just how important this is and the importance of you contacting your Senators and Congressmen. I will probly be getting updated news day by day. Just for your information Hoski this isn't a crazy e-mail, this if the life of every Conservation Department in the US.