Sportsmen oppose federal cuts to conservation programs

"These guys are happy to cut 0.5 percent of the federal budget, but won't touch billions of dollars in business subsidies," said Ben Lamb of the Montana Wildlife Federation during a conference call Wednesday. "The House took a butcher knife to a lot of these programs rather than using a scalpel."

Leaders of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Trout Unlimited said the House of Representative's HR1 appropriations bill would hurt jobs as well as wildlife if the programs were cut as proposed.