34. - Recommend improvements and enhancements to state-federal coordination on wildlife conservation and hunting opportunities

Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 35

Ideas likely to guide development of these recommendations would:

  • Improve the ability of states to match federal funds with a model state law creating new dedicated state funds from product sales, impact fees, transaction fees, and other potential revenue sources.
  • Complete an objective report on liability and other legal impediments to supervised participation in youth and minorities hunting that identifies improvements possible without changes to existing law, and also those that would require changes in state or federal law. Three examples of legal impediments are: prohibitions on Sunday hunting on federal and state land, age requirements for licensing, and improvements to hunter education requirements.
  • Establish a formal, routine coordination and communication among federal, state, and tribal wildlife managers—possibly relying on the Cooperative Conservation Task Force.
  • Clarify and simplify state and federal regulations on hunting.
  • Develop best management practices for hunting and wildlife conservation consistent across both state and federal agencies.
  • Promote federal legislation that clearly enhances the state fish and wildlife agencies’ role, their right and jurisdiction to manage wildlife, which includes the timing, manner, and place of take of wildlife.
  • Distribute drafts of model legislation that guides implementation of laws and regulations ensuring wildlife species, whether free-ranging or in captivity, remain the jurisdiction and responsibility of states and provinces, and, where appropriate, federal wildlife management agencies.

Assessment of Status: Partially Complete

Efforts have been made to enhance state-federal coordination. Examples of coordination include: LCC's, the Western Governor's Association and FICOR. Other efforts have not been completed. The Sportsmen Package, legislation which would enhance state fish and wildlife agencies' roles, has not passed. Additionally, letters from the WHHCC indicate the Council's view that coordination between state and federal agencies should be improved.

Supporting documentation and findings

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