The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently reviewing the comprehensive conservation plan for the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge. Included in this plan are proposed changes to the hunting regulations on the refuge. It is critical that all NRA members and hunters contact USFWS and urge them not to limit hunting on the refuge.
Among the proposals being considered are:
- Limiting the number of shells a waterfowl hunter can carry to 25. This limitation is unnecessary and would unfairly target youth and beginning hunters who are not expert shots.
- Complete closure of hunting in some areas of the refuge. Such closures should not be done unless absolutely biologically necessary.
- Electric motor only areas that would make hunter access to these areas very difficult.
- Limited permit only hunts and daily fees for hunter access.
USFWS is holding a series of public meetings on the plan, attend the meeting in your area and let them know that you want hunting on the refuge protected. Also, contact USFWS using the information below and make your voice heard.
Click here to read the news coverage of the issue. http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2005/05/19/news/00lead.txt
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
Attention: CCP Comment
51 East 4th Street
Winona, MN 55987
Or by email at: [email protected]
Upcoming public meetings:
|Winona, Minnesota||Monday, June 13||Winona Middle School Cafeteria,
1570 Homer Road
|Wabasha, Minnesota||Tuesday, June 14||Wabasha/Kellogg High School Cafeteria,
2113 East Hiawatha Drive
|Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin||Thursday, June 16||Prairie du Chien High School Cafeteria,
800 East Crawford Street
|Savanna, Illinois||Tuesday, June 21||House of Events,
108 Main Street
|Stoddard, Wisconsin||Wednesday, June 22||American Legion Post 315,
located at 414 Broadway
|Onalaska, Wisconsin||Thursday, June 23||Onalaska Middle School,
711 Quincy Street
|Lansing, Iowa||Tuesday, July 12||Lansing (Kee) High School,
569 Center Street
|Cassville, Wisconsin||Thursday, July 14||Cassville High School,
715 E. Amelia Street