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Feb. 11 deadline for hunter comment on proposed firearm ban

From the National Shooting Sports Foundation

-- The National Shooting Sports Foundation is reminding all hunters and sportsmen to submit comments to the U.S. Forest Service on a proposed firearm hunting ban for areas of the Huron-Manistee National Forest in Michigan.

The proposed ban could pose a threat to firearm hunting on portions of federal lands across the nation. The Forest Service is accepting public comment on alternatives until Feb. 11.

In September, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Forest Service's regulations required that it consider banning hunting with firearms on lands designated as "semi-primitive" within the Huron-Manistee National Forest. The court felt the noise associated with firearm hunting could harm the quality of the recreational experience of hikers, backpackers, and cross country skiers.

The court ruled the Forest Service had to consider closing these areas to hunting with firearms if other public hunting land was available nearby. The U.S. Forest Service is therefore required to do a formal review to determine if it should move forward with a ban on firearms hunting ban on these areas.

The NSSF has asked interested hunters to submit comments to the Forest Service urging it to adopt the No-Action position, which would allow hunting with firearms in areas designated as semi-primitive to continue.

Sportsmen can fax comments to Lee Evison at (231)775-5551 or e-mail comments to comments-eastern-huron-manistee@fs.fed.us.
Include your name and address with your comments. E-mailed comments must include the words "Forest Plan SEIS" as the subject line of the e-mail. All comments must be received by Friday, Feb. 11.

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