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June 3rd, 2013 9:22 am by Staff Report

Hunting and fishing help economy and more letters in Sunday's Forum

On May 9, we had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with our elected officials.
Our purpose in traveling all the way to our nation’s capital was to discuss the importance of hunting to us, our family and our local and state economy.
We also went to tell Tennessee’s members of Congress to pass legislation to ensure the next generation of Americans can hunt and fish on our public lands.
Along with other members of Safari Club International nationwide, we headed to Capitol Hill to advocate for hunting, really lobbying to make sure that each member of the Tennessee delegation realized that hunting and fishing contribute $1.8 billion to our state economy.
We told them their support for HR 1825 ensures rural economies all over Tennessee remain sustainable for the next generation.
HR 1825, which is aptly named the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, will require public lands in Tennessee to remain open to hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor pursuits for the nearly 1 million sportsmen and women of the state.
The bill eliminates the threats of litigation from anti-hunting zealots destroying our way of life.
It protects the lifeblood that sportsmen and women play in our economies each fall.
We enjoyed meeting with U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann and John Duncan, along with their capable staffs.
We want to thank each representative for supporting our hunting freedoms.
We know that each will sponsor HR 1825. We thank them for standing up for our hunting rights.
In addition, we met with the staff of Sen. Bob Corker to discuss the companion Senate version of this legislation, SB 170.
BILL and VICKI SWAN
Dunlap

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