Tester takes over Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus


by Mark Holyoak

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Jon Tester took the gavel as the new chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. The bipartisan group includes members from the House and Senate. It deals with such issues as public access, guns, fishing and hunting.

"As a farmer and sportsman, I know the outdoors isn't just what we do for fun on the weekends – it's a part of Montana's heritage and our way of life," said Tester. "I'm proud to stand up for that heritage in the Senate so that my kids and grandkids will be able to continue to enjoy that heritage that includes hunting, fishing, hiking and camping."

Tester plans to introduce a number of bills that deal with the outdoors. He already introduced the Dirk Bike Bill which amends the Consumer Product Safety Act to allow manufacturers and dealers to sell kid-sized motorized dirt bikes and ATVs. He also plans to introduce a bill for a permanent extension of Conservation Easements and another affirming the right to hunt and fish on federal lands.