No Bows on National Park Lands?

Did you know it’s illegal to transport a bow through a national park?

bowApparently it is, because U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has included a provision in her new Sportsmen’s Act of 2013 that would allow legal transport of hunting bows (and others, we presume) on national park lands. We saw the snippet in a report on The Outdoor Wire.

Murkowski’s bill includes the following, as per The Outdoor Wire:

Bows Transported through National Parks: Allows hunting bows to be transported across national park lands. Currently, firearms can be legally transported, but not archery bows.

Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act: Protects the public’s right to engage in recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting on federal lands, thus ensuring sound and scientific management and conservation of wildlife and habitat.

Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act: Grants the Secretary of the Interior permanent authority to authorize any state to issue electronic duck stamps. It also outlines electronic duck stamp application requirements.

The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act: Excludes traditional ammunition and fishing tackle from the Toxic Substances Control Act, protecting hunters and anglers from arbitrary bans on conventional hunting and fishing equipment.

Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act: Prohibits the Secretary of the Army from promulgating or enforcing any regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm at a water resources development project administered by the Chief of Engineers.

Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act: Allows for the Secretary to authorize permits for importation of legally harvested Polar Bears taken from populations approved for hunting in Canada before the 2008 import ban was enacted by the U.S.