Before The Congress of the United States of America
The United States Hunting and Fishing Act
Be it enacted by the Congress of the United States.
Whereas the Sovereigns, The People, and the States, created their Agent the Federal Government by the Constitutional Compact of the United States of America, and granted to their Agent the Federal Government, per Article I., Section 8, the authority to regulate commerce among the several (many) states.
The fish and wildlife within the many Sovereign States has been used throughout American history as a means of trade, commerce, and subsistence to the American People.
This Act creates a United States hunting and/or fishing license and maintains the right of all U.S. citizens to hunt and fish upon public lands. Offices of the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, United States Post Office, United States Forest Service, U.S. Parks Service, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are directed to issue the licenses. Authorized license dealers of the Sovereign States may issue license, as well, by authority of their Departments of Fish and/or Wildlife.
a. The United States fishing and hunting license may be lawfully used upon all United States navigable waters, properties administered by the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, U.S. territories, U.S. Parks properties, and other federally owned and/or administered properties. No other state fishing license may be required. This license does not apply to state properties.
b. Any special tags or permits required by the Sovereign States such as, i.e., salmon, sturgeon, or halibut permits must be procured from the Sovereign States or their licensed dealers for issuing permits.
c. Catch, limit, length, release, zone, or other special regulations in affect now, or in the future mandated by the Sovereign States will be obeyed except in those instances presently directed by Federal Agencies in U.S. Parks, on military installations, territories, or other federal reservations other than properties known as national forests or BLM properties.
a. The annual fee for an adult U.S. citizen for the United States fishing license is $50, one half of the fee going to the Sovereign State's Department of Fishery in which it is issued and the other half to the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife. The term of the license is for 1 year from the date of issue. Congress may raise the fee. A juveniles 14 years of age or less are not required to have a license. The State may not require a state fishing license as well for use upon the properties governed by this Act. Non-citizen's fee for the license is $100, to be split equally between the State it is issued in and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. No special fee privilege will be given to handicapped persons. All citizens are to be treated equally per the 14th Amendment to the Federal Constitution. Offices issuing the fee are authorized to charge an additional $1.00 fee for issuance cost per license, to be retained by the office so issuing it, whether the Federal Agency, State Agencies, or private vendor.
b. In each instance, the fee to either the State or Federal Government must be used to pay for fisheries preservation, enhancement, pollution control, or administration of fisheries programs. This may include administrative costs, fisheries research, hatchery support, dam removal; fish ladder design, development and/or construction; irrigation canals, pumping stations, and holding ponds for ranchers and farmers to replace water loss from dam removals.
c. For States having a lesser population, yet having a high yield of fishery activity, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, hereinafter referred to as The Department, is ordered to use portions of its money to insure the fishery within States is maintained. The Department is ordered to restore native species to waterways and use its funds to do so. This does not mean that a state which historically does not have a salmon run such as Nebraska would need to be brought up to having a salmon run. However, a states such as Oregon, Idaho, or Washington that did have substantial runs of salmon and are now severely reduced, The Department must concentrate efforts to restore those runs. The Department must make attempts to restore native species in states such as Nebraska where sturgeons were once in the lower Platte River. If a state has a native fish such as paddle fish that are diminishing, The Department must use funds to assist those states to replenish the species.
a. The United States hunting license will be issued by all the same offices as the U.S. fishing license. It will have the same fee structures and financial split of funds as the U.S. fishing license, $50 adult citizen, and no fee for juvenile and $100 fee for non-citizen. Except that State's fee must go to the State's office responsible for game management. The license, the right to hunt upon public lands, will apply to all U.S. Government properties except were excluded in National Parks, military installations, or special reservations, but not excluding properties known as National Forests or BLM properties.
b. The Sovereign States will govern limit and species take except they have no jurisdiction in National Parks or military reservations, or other federal reservations. Any special tags or permits to hunt game will be controlled and issued by the sovereign states. No other state hunting license may be required to hunt upon the Federally controlled properties listed in this act, until such time that disputed properties are turned over to the sovereign States.
c. The right of entry to hunt or fish in National Forests or BLM properties will not be denied to any U.S. citizen by the Federal Government or any of its agencies. No other fee may be charged for entry into or walking upon trails in the forests or for parking at trail heads. Any public official that violates this provision of this Act will be subject to a $10,000 fine payable to the party injured.
d. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department is ordered to assist states that are having a species problem where there is either an excess or diminished species.
Section 5.Definition: Properties administered by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management (BLM), are those properties residing within the boundaries of the Sovereign States, that are no longer territories, properties rightfully, constitutionally belonging to the Sovereign States, and all the revenue thereof. These properties are commonly known as National Forests or BLM properties and are currently administered by the Federal Departments. Ownership and jurisdiction over these properties are in controversy.
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