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Future of New Jersey Wildlife Management Depends on Sportsmen's Campaigns- (01/20)
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The U.S. Sportsmen?s Alliance is working with New Jersey sportsmen and lawmakers to overturn a dangerous Supreme Court ruling that jeopardizes the future of hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation in the Garden State.

The Alliance is organizing New Jersey sportsmen for a legislative campaign to restore the Fish and Game Council?s sole authority over wildlife. The state Supreme Court ruled in December that the council?s scientifically-based regulations are subject to approval by the politically appointed Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner.

?The court ruling invites politics into wildlife management by allowing the DEP commissioner to scrutinize wildlife regulations,? said Tony Celebrezze, U.S. Sportsmen?s Alliance director of field services. ?It already ended bear hunting for the foreseeable future. Much more is at stake unless this situation is turned around very soon.?

Because the high court has handed complete power to the DEP Commissioner, a new law must be established to place wildlife management authority back in the hands of the Fish and Game Council.

Senate Bill 2148, sponsored by Sen. Robert Littell, R-Franklin, and Assembly Bill 3606, sponsored by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, R-Sparta, clarify that the Fish and Game Council has sole authority to regulate hunting, fishing and trapping. The bills need sportsmen?s support.

?The Alliance is urging sportsmen?s groups to contact their assembly members and senators in preparation for this challenging fight,? said Celebrezze. ?The Alliance wants to help its partners in New Jersey and urges them to continue to build the war chest to ensure the bills? passage.?

To join the effort, contact Tony Celebrezze at (614) 888-4868 or [email protected].


Information on this website can be reprinted with a citation to the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and

For more information about how you can protect your rights as a sportsman, contact The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, 801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229. Phone (614) 888-4868. E-Mail us at [email protected]

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