The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is planning to change existing regulations for migratory game bird, upland game, and big game. These changes will implement portions of the Refuge's management plan, approved in 2006. The Refuge encompasses 240,000 acres in a mostly continuous 261-mile stretch of Mississippi River floodplain in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Approximately 187,000 acres of the area are open to all hunting. The regulations will be changed to affect zones closed to waterfowl, or all hunting, and require the immediate retrieval of waterfowl taken during hunting.You may view the proposed rule at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/uppermississippiriver. Clicking on "current topics" will take you to a press release, fact sheets, and the proposed rule. Public comments must be received by May 28, and can be sent electronically to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Or, you may mail comments to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: RIN 1018-AW48; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203. For further information, you may call 507-452-4232. If you hunt in this expansive refuge, you are encouraged to review the proposed changes and send your comments to the FWS.