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Hunting, Fishing Opportunities Expand at 10 National Wildlife Refuges

November 10, 2017
The Sportsmen's Alliance , Ohio Valley Outdoors

COLUMBUS, OH - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the opening or expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities on 10 national wildlife refuges across the nation. The increased access and opportunities for sportsmen spans 132,000 acres, and brings the number of refuges where the public may hunt up to 373 and up to 311 where fishing is permitted.

"The Sportsmen's Alliance applauds the service for opening these public lands for outdoorsmen to enjoy. These lands should be open to multiple uses, including hunting and fishing," said Brian Lynn, vice president of marketing and communications for Sportsmen's Alliance. "The Alliance has long fought for open-until-closed legislation for our public lands, which would ensure the long-term viability and opportunity of public access and use of public lands, as well as the positive ecological and economic impacts to areas."

The Sportsmen's Alliance has been instrumental in opening public lands for outdoorsmen, including playing a leading role in the 1997 Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act that initially created, opened or expanded hunting, fishing and trapping opportunities on refuges nationwide. Additionally, the Sportsmen's Alliance has championed and lobbied for "open-until-closed" legislation for federal lands, which would change the assumption that activities related to hunting and fishing are open unless closed by specific regulation.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the opening or expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities on 10 national wildlife refuges across the nation.

Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities contributed more than $156.3 billion in economic activity across the United States according to the Service's National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. More than 101.6 million Americans 40 percent of the U.S. population 16 and older pursue wildlife-related recreation. The final rule opens more than 60,000 acres of Refuge System lands for hunting species not previously authorized in these areas.

"The nation's sportsmen and women lead the conservation of wildlife and their habitats throughout our nation. 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," said Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan. "We are pleased to be able to offer hunting and fishing opportunities and other recreational activities where they are compatible with national wildlife refuge management goals."

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

Georgia and South Carolina

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting. The refuge is already open to migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting, and sport fishing.

Indiana

Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting, and sport fishing. The refuge is already open to migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting, and sport fishing.

Minnesota

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting. The refuge is already open to migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting, and sport fishing.

North Dakota

Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge: Open moose hunting for the first time. The refuge is already open to upland game and other big game hunting.

Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge: Open moose and turkey hunting for the first time. Expand upland game and big game hunting. The refuge is already open to upland game hunting, other big game hunting, and sport fishing.

Oklahoma

Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge: Expand upland game and big game hunting. The refuge is already open to migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting, and sport fishing.

Oregon

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting. The refuge is already open to migratory game bird hunting.

Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Open sport fishing for the first time. The refuge is already open to migratory game bird hunting.

Wisconsin

Fox River National Wildlife Refuge: Expand big game hunting. The refuge is already open to big game hunting.

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting and upland game and big game hunting. The refuge is already open to migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting, and sport fishing.

More than 50 million Americans visit refuges every year. National wildlife refuges provide vital habitat for thousands of species and access to world-class recreation, from fishing, hunting and hiking to nature watching, photography and environmental education. In doing so, they support regional economies to the tune of $2.4 billion per year and support more than 35,000 jobs. The unparalleled network of 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts means that there is a national wildlife refuge within an hour's drive of most major metropolitan areas.

About the Sportsmen's Alliance: The Sportsmen's Alliance protects and defends America's wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits hunting, fishing and trapping that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen's Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 
 

 

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