The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to open Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in
In addition to the new deer and turkey hunting programs at Crane Meadows, other proposed hunting opportunities include:
-- Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (
-- Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge (
-- Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge (
-- Currituck National Wildlife Refuge (
-- Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (
-- Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge (Minnesota/Iowa) would increase acreage for migratory bird hunting, upland game hunting and big game hunting. The refuge would expand the species for migratory bird and upland game hunting.
-- Ouray National Wildlife Refuge (
-- Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (
-- Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (
While definitions of hunting categories vary by refuge and state, migratory bird hunting generally includes ducks and geese. Upland game hunting may cover such animals as game birds, rabbit, squirrel, opossum and coyote. Big game hunting may include such animals as wild turkey, deer and feral hogs.
Under the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, the Service can permit hunting and fishing where they are compatible with refuge purpose and mission.
NRA played a key role in getting language included in this act making hunting a “priority public use” on National Wildlife Refuges.
The NRA encourages all its hunter members to submit comments in support of the Service’s efforts to open new refuges to hunting and to expand existing refuge hunt programs. Despite federal law that encourages the Service to promote hunting opportunities on refuges, the anti-hunting groups always submit comments in opposition.Please let the Service hear your voice of support for this rulemaking. To comment on the proposed hunting rule changes online, or to read the full text of the rule go to www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R9-NSR-2011-0038-0001 Comments can be submitted by clicking on the orange box in the upper right-hand corner of the page. The comment period closes August 4, 2011.