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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Expands Hunting And Fishing Opportunities At 10 National Wildlife Refuges

Nov 08, 2017

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) continues to increase access to hunting and fishing on public lands.

FWS announced final regulations to open or expand opportunities across 132,000 acres on 10 national wildlife refuges.  As it has been doing for over 10 years, SCI commented in favor of FWS regulations opening lands to hunting.  SCI also participated in the almost decade-long litigation concerning the FWS’s compliance with environmental review requirements regarding the opening of hunting opportunities on FWS lands.

Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities are enjoyed by more than 101.6 million Americans who contribute more than $156.3 billion in economic activity across the United States, according to the FWS’s National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

“The nation’s sportsmen and women lead the conservation of wildlife and their habitats throughout our nation,” said FWS Deputy Director Greg Sheehan. “They are passionate about the outdoors and are committed to sustainably managing these resources for all Americans to enjoy. Refuges provide all Americans with places to hunt, fish, observe the natural world firsthand and experience the great outdoors.”

FWS opened or expanded hunting and/or fishing on the following refuges:

Georgia and South Carolina
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge: Expanded existing migratory game bird hunting, upland game, and big game hunting. The refuge remains open to sport fishing.

Indiana
Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge: Expanded existing migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting, and sport fishing.

Minnesota
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Expanded existing migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting. The refuge remains open to sport fishing.

North Dakota
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge: Opened moose hunting for the first time. The refuge remains open to upland game and other big game hunting.
Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge: Opened moose and turkey hunting for the first time. Expanded existing upland game and big game hunting. The refuge remains open to sport fishing.

Oklahoma
Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge: Expanded existing upland game and big game hunting. The refuge remains open to migratory game bird hunting and sport fishing.

Oregon
Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge: Expanded existing migratory game bird hunting.
Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Opened sport fishing for the first time. The refuge remains open to migratory game bird hunting.

Wisconsin
Fox River National Wildlife Refuge: Expanded existing big game hunting.
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge: Expanded existing migratory game bird hunting and upland game and big game hunting. The refuge remains open to sport fishing.

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