Mississippi Senators praised for efforts to help sportsmen

U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both avid outdoor enthusiasts and long-time members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, are co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation that bundles an assortment of bills to increase opportunities for hunting, fishing, shooting sports and other forms of outdoor recreation in Mississippi and around the nation.
The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 is a comprehensive package of policies from a dozen separate bills written to improve the public’s ability to enjoy the outdoors. Half of the bills incorporated into the Act are sponsored or co-sponsored by Cochran and Wicker, including the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act and the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act.
According to James L. Cummins, executive director of Wildlife Mississippi, Mississippi’s largest conservation organization, “The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act includes sensible provisions to provide more hunting and fishing opportunities for Mississippians, as well as conserve fish and wildlife habitat in the state and throughout the nation. It is supported by 42 organizations throughout the United States representing the interests of hunters, anglers and gun owners.”
A full summary of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, which has been placed on the Senate calendar, is available at http://1.usa.gov/1sjP3dp.
“I have worked with Senator Cochran and Senator Wicker for over 20 years on issues of importance to hunters, anglers and gun owners. While the threats to sportsmen’s interests are ever present, these two gentlemen have worked long and hard hours to protect and advance the agenda and interests of America’s 40 million sportsmen and women,” stated Cummins. “We greatly appreciate their leadership in writing and co-sponsoring the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, and help in making sure this important piece of legislation is brought to the floor of the United States Senate in the most expedited fashion possible.”
Hunting, fishing and wildlife watching supports more than 66,000 jobs in Mississippi and has a $2.7 billion annual economic impact ($1.14 billion from hunting; $772 million from fishing; and, $829 million from wildlife watching), according to Mississippi State University.