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Bills Against Hunter Harassment Introduced

Idaho House Bill 531, introduced by Rep. Judy Boyle (R-Midvale), prohibits the harassment or intimidation of sportsmen who are engaged in legal hunting, fishing, or trapping.  Harassment by any means, including harassment by phone, e-mail, or over the Internet, is prohibited by the bill.  Additional provisions in the bill help protect the confidentiality of information obtained by Idaho from license sales.  This provision helps ensure that the anti’s cannot obtain sportsmen’s personal information from their license data.

HB 531 has passed the House and is now pending in the Senate.

Virginia House Bill 486, sponsored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R- Woodbridge), will make it illegal for anyone to attempt to cause a violation of the state’s baiting laws by putting out bait or salt for wildlife in any area used or occupied by sportsmen to hunt.  Essentially, this bill prevents antis from “baiting” areas with the intent to prevent hunters from being allowed to hunt there.

HB 486 has passed both the House and Senate and is waiting on the signature of Governor Bob McDonnell.

“Over 20 years ago, we helped enact laws in all 50 states making it illegal to harrass sportsmen,” said Evan Heusinkveld, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) director of state services. “While those laws protected sportsmen for many years, these bills are necessary to derail new efforts from animal rights groups.”

Take Action! Idaho sportsmen are encouraged to contact their state senators and urge their support of HB 531, which will protect hunters from intimidation and harassment.  To find your state senator, please visit the Legislative Action Center at

Virginia sportsmen should contact the Governor’s office and ask that he promptly sign HB 486.  Governor McDonnell’s office can be contacted by calling (804) 786-2211, faxing (804) 371-6351or e-mailed by clicking here.

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