Fish & Wildlife Service Offering More Hunting on Refuges in 14 States
July 12, 2012
On Wednesday, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service announced a proposed plan to open more hunting opportunities at 16 refuges in 14 states, according to a press release from the service.
Among the refuges that would be open to hunting is the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge in Michigan, established in 2001. If approved, the proposal would be open to hunting migratory birds, upland game and big game. The refuge is closed to sport fishing.
"The National Wildlife Refuge System offers some of the best public hunting and fishing around, helping to connect generations of Americans with this great outdoor tradition," said Service Director Dan Ashe. "Our goal is to increase hunting opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, wherever these opportunities are compatible with refuge purposes."
However, the service proposed closing Hawaii's Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, which is currently open to big game hunting but closed to sport fishing, as well as South Carolina's Santee National Wildlife Refuge, which is open to migratory bird hunting and sport fishing.
The service said all but two refuges listed are open to sport fishing and will remain open.
A complete list of changes can be viewed at the Fish & Wildlife Service's website.
The public has until Aug. 10 to comment on the proposed changes. To submit a comment, click here.