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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2942


To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to establish January 31 of each year as the Federal closing date for duck hunting season and to establish special duck hunting days for youths, veterans, and active military personnel, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 23, 2018

Mrs. Hyde-Smith introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


A BILL

To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to establish January 31 of each year as the Federal closing date for duck hunting season and to establish special duck hunting days for youths, veterans, and active military personnel, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Migratory Bird Framework and Hunting Opportunities for Veterans Act”.

SEC. 2. Federal closing date for hunting of ducks, mergansers, and coots.

Section 3 of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 704) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(c) Federal closing date for hunting of ducks, mergansers, and coots.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—In promulgating regulations under subsection (a) relating to a framework for migratory bird hunting, except as provided in paragraph (2), the Secretary shall establish January 31 of each year as the Federal closing date of the hunting season for ducks, mergansers, and coots.

“(2) SPECIAL DUCK HUNTING DAYS FOR YOUTHS, VETERANS, AND ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL.—Notwithstanding the closing date under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall allow youths, veterans (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code), and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training), to hunt ducks, mergansers, and coots during the first weekend in February of each year.

“(3) PROHIBITION.—With respect to ducks, mergansers, and coots, the Secretary shall not decrease the length of the hunting season or bag limit, as compared to the length of the hunting season and bag limit for the 2017–2018 hunting season, in—

“(A) the Atlantic flyway;

“(B) the Mississippi flyway;

“(C) the Central flyway; or

“(D) the Pacific flyway.

“(4) REGULATIONS.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall promulgate regulations in accordance with this subsection.

“(B) 2018–2019 MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING SEASON.—The Secretary shall modify the proposed rule entitled ‘Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations’ (83 Fed. Reg. 4964 (February 2, 2018)) if, before the date of enactment of this subsection—

“(i) the proposed rule has been finalized; and

“(ii) the 2018–2019 duck hunting season has not commenced in—

“(I) the Atlantic flyway;

“(II) the Mississippi flyway;

“(III) the Central flyway; or

“(IV) the Pacific flyway.”.