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Title: Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that expands federal lands where individuals are authorized to hunt, effective immediately.
- Authorizes an individual to fish, hunt, and recreationally shoot without a license on federal lands, unless the managing federal agency closes lands for reasons including, but not limited to, resource conservation, public safety, and national security (Sec. 603).
- Prohibits the Secretary of Agriculture or Chief of the Forest Service from restricting the type, season, or method of hunting or recreational fishing on the following lands in the National Forest System (Sec. 1402):
- Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana;
- De Soto National Forest in Mississippi;
- Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri; and
- Ozark National Forest, St. Francis National Forest, and Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
- Prohibits the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture from regulating the use of ammunition cartridges, ammunition components, or fishing tackle based on the lead content (Sec.103).
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to issue a permit for importing polar bear parts harvested in a Canadian sports hunt before May 15, 2008 (Sec. 302).
- Authorizes an individual to import and export raw or worked ivory that was lawfully possessed or imported into the United States on February 24, 2014 (Secs. 1003 & 1006).
- Authorizes an individual to import a sport-hunted African elephant trophy from a country approved by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (Sec. 1007).
- Requires the Secretary of the Interior to establish a plan to reduce the bison population in the Grand Canyon National Park through humane lethal culling by skilled volunteers and other nonlethal means (Sec. 1503).
- Requires the Secretary of the Interior to reissue a final rule that removes the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes (Secs. 2001 & 2002).