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Virginia: Hunting Protected in Management Plan for Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft plan for managing the 9,000-acre Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years.  Located near Virginia Beach, the refuge offers hunting opportunities including deer and waterfowl.  Two management alternatives are offered and compared to the current plan.  Both alternatives would expand hunting opportunities.  The plan can be viewed at http://www.fws.gov/backbay.  The comment period closes April 30th and comments can be emailed to northeastplanning@fws.gov.  Please include "Back Bay NWR CCP" in the subject line.  It is important that the Service is encouraged by the hunting community, especially those who hunt on this refuge, to protect and expand hunting opportunities.  You can count on anti-hunting organizations and individuals to encourage the Service to provide the least possible support for hunting.

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