Waterfowlers Can Help Themselves Get Added Federal Hunting Land

US Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to allow more waterfowl hunting on several national wildlife refuges, and hunters

can help make this a reality by sending an email in support. USFWS plans to continue rolling out new acres for hunting access on an annual basis. According to Greg Sheehan, USFWS principal deputy director, these moves are long overdue.

“Many pieces of the National Wildlife Refuge System have been added over the last 115 years and could’ve been opened to hunting, but weren’t,” Sheehan said. “And until now, nobody has ever asked, ‘Why not?’ We intend to open every acre of every refuge where we have the legal authority to do so. Thanks to the support of our refuge managers, I’m hopeful next year’s batch of new acres open to hunting and fishing will be a noted increase over this year’s.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will seek comments from the public on the proposed rule for 30 days, beginning with publication in the Federal Register in the coming days. Delta Waterfowl encourages all members to express strong support for the proposal by logging on to www.regulations.gov and selecting docket No. FWS-HQ-NWRS-2018-0020 to submit comments.

Hunting and/or fishing will expand or be opened on the following refuges:

Arkansas
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting.
California
San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird hunting, and open sport fishing for the first time.
Florida
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge: Open wild turkey hunting for the first time.
Illinois
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting.
Illinois and Missouri
Great River National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting.
Illinois and Wisconsin
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge: Open migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting to all legal species in the State of Illinois.
Indiana
Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird, upland game, big game hunting and sport fishing
Maine
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting.
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing white-tailed deer and wild turkey hunting.
Maine and New Hampshire
Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge: Open wild turkey hunting for the first time, and expand existing migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting.
Maryland
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird and big game hunting.
Patuxent Research Refuge: Expand existing white-tailed deer and wild turkey hunting.
Michigan
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge: Open hunting of certain migratory bird, small game, and furbearers, and expand existing migratory game bird and big game hunting.
Minnesota
Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge: Open certain gamebird and small mammal hunting for the first time, and expand existing migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting.
Montana
Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing big game hunting.
Swan River National Wildlife Refuge: Open big game hunting for the first time.
New Jersey
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge: Open wild turkey and squirrel hunting for the first time, and expand existing migratory game bird and big game hunting.
New Jersey and New York
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird hunting and sport fishing.
New Mexico
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge: Open Eurasian-collared dove and Gambel’s quail hunting, and expand existing migratory game bird hunting.
North Dakota
J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge: Open moose hunting for the first time.
Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge: Open moose hunting for the first time.
Ohio
Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge: Open white-tailed deer hunting for the first time.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Open hunting of certain gamebirds, small mammals and furbearers for the first time, and expand existing migratory game bird and big game hunting.
Oregon
Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting.
Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird hunting.
William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing sport fishing.
Pennsylvania
Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum: Open white-tailed deer hunting for the first time.
Utah
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge: Expand existing migratory game bird and upland game hunting.
Wisconsin
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge: Open hunting of certain gamebirds, small mammals and furbearers for the first time, and expand existing migratory game bird and big game hunting.

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