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Bill would expand duck hunting for veterans, youth

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jun 21, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New federal legislation would expand duck hunting opportunities for veterans and youth, by extending the season for them by one weekend.

veteransandyouthVETERANS AND YOUTH hunters would benefit from passage of H.R. 6013, which would give an extra weekend of waterfowling following the closure of the regular waterfowl season.

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) have introduced H.R. 6013 , the NSSF-supported Migratory Bird Framework and Hunting Opportunities for Veterans Act, which will expand duck hunting opportunities and help increase funding for conservation.

The legislation would make Jan. 31 of each year the official end of duck hunting season and extend the season for veterans and youth for one extra weekend.

The bill would not force states to change their hunting season end-date; it simply grants states the flexibility to create a fixed date to conclude the season. Bishop noted the bill gives states greater flexibility in hunting seasons, while benefitting a proven conservation model. Similar legislation, S. 2942 , was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.).

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