On Thursday, February 14, SB 56, which would have banned the practice of taking bears over bait in New Hampshire, was defeated by a voice vote. This bill was initially introduced on January 3 by Senator Jeanie Forrester. Members of the New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus were successful in educating legislators on the value of this traditional activity, and when the bill was heard in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on February 6, it received a report of “Inexpedient to Legislate” which lead to the bill being defeated the following week. According to the Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - recently released by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation - in 2011 there were 247,000 people who hunted or fished in New Hampshire who spent $270 million and supported 4,537 jobs.
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- The federal government (17.14%)
- The states that comprise the coastal areas that make up specific fisheries should co-manage the resource (60.00%)
- Maintain status quo of mixed state and federal management, depending on distance from shore (22.86%)