Minnesota House Bill 2276 would increase the age of residents and non-residents allowed to hunt and fish in the state without obtaining a license from 16 to 18 years old.
Minnesota Considers Loosening Hunting and Fishing License Requirements
Utah Prohibits Baiting of Big Game and Restricts Hunting in Waterfoul Management Areas
Utah Governor Spencer Cox has signed into law House Bill 295 which will make it unlawful to, without authorization, “bait big game, take bake big game in a baited area, or take big game that has been lured to or is traveling from a baited area.” The law also establishes “waterfoul management areas” in which providing hunting guide or outfitter services and constructing permanent blinds or hunting structures is prohibited. The law also directs the Wildlife Board to “make rules regulating the use of trail cameras.”
Congress Considers Protections for Kangaroos
House Bill 917, the Kangaroo Protection Act of 2021, would ban the commercial importation or sale of any product made from kangaroo body parts. The bill provides for criminal penalties of up to one year in prison and $10,000 in fines for each prohibited act and up to $10,000 in civil penalties. The bill also contains a citizen suit provision to assist enforcement of the prohibition.
Legislation Would Give Governors ESA Powers and Allow Some MBTA Takings
Senate Bill 668 would amend the Endangered Species Act to permit state governors “to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species” and “to amend the Migratory Bird treaty Act to permit the taking of certain black vultures and ravens.” The full text of the bill is not yet available.
Minnesota Considers Authorizing Use of Infrared Illumination in Coyote and Fox Hunting
Minnesota Senate Bill 1985 would expand the current exemption allowing the use of night vision to hunt coyotes and foxes to include night vision “enhanced with an infrared illuminator.”
Utah Legislation Would Prohibit Baiting of Big Game and Restrict Hunting in Waterfoul Management Areas
Utah House Bill 295 would make it unlawful to, without authorization, “bait big game, take bake big game in a baited area, or take big game that has been lured to or is traveling from a baited area.” The bill would also establish “waterfoul management areas” in which providing hunting guide or outfitter services and constructing permanent blinds or hunting structures would be prohibited. The bill additionally directs the Wildlife Board to “make rules regulating the use of trail cameras.”
Arkansas Considers Raising Minimum Hunting Age from Sixteen to Eighteen
Arkansas Senate Bill 458 would raise the minimum age for hunting from sixteen years to eighteen years.
Wyoming Legislation Would Allow for Reimbursement of Hunting License Fee if Animal Killed has Chronic Wasting Disease
Wyoming House Bill 227 would allow for either a 50% reimbursement of a hunting license fee or issuance of a new replacement license if a resident with a valid cow elk or doe deer hunting permit kills an animal who tests positive for chronic wasting disease.
Colorado Considers Reserving 2/3 of Big Game Licenses for Residents
Colorado Senate Bill 150 would require that the state division of parks and wildlife reserve 2/3 of available big game hunting licenses for residents of the state.
Offshore Seafood Processors Request Modification to NPDES Permit
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the Freezer Longline Coalition (FLC) has requested a modification of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to allow for seasonal discharge within one nautical mile of critical habitat for the spectacled eider. The agency is accepting comments on the request until March 31, 2021.