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FWS Proposes Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is looking to expand hunting and fishing at 13 national wildlife refuges across the country.

FWS Director Dan Ashe announced the proposal in mid-July. The expanded opportunities would include migratory bird, upland game, big game hunting and sport fishing.

“The highly successful North American model of wildlife conservation is founded on our nation’s great hunting and fishing heritage,” says Ashe. “This tradition was the primary driver behind the creation of the Refuge System that has since set aside millions of acres of land for the conservation of all wildlife, and so where it is compatible with refuge management goals and other recreational activities, we are pleased to be able to expand hunting and fishing opportunities.”

South Dakota

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

FWS also proposes expanding hunting and sport fishing on the following refuges:

Colorado

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting and big game hunting.

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting and big game hunting.

Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area: Expand migratory game bird hunting, upland game hunting, big game hunting and sport fishing.

Baca National Wildlife Refuge: Open migratory game bird hunting, upland game hunting and big game hunting.

Louisiana

Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge: Expand big game hunting.

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting, upland game hunting and big game hunting.

Michigan

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting, upland game hunting and big game hunting.

New York

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting and big game hunting.

Oklahoma

Washita National Wildlife Refuge: Expand big game hunting.

South Carolina

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting, upland game hunting and big game hunting.

Texas

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge: Expand migratory game bird hunting.

Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Expand big game hunting.

FWS seeks public comments on the proposed expansions until Aug. 15, 2016. The proposed rule can be found at www.regulations.gov.

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FWS Proposes Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges