Feds Propose 2.3 Million Acre Hunting, Fishing Expansion
By Chris Eger
Sportsmen will see more opportunities for hunting and fishing on federal public lands under a new plan announced this week. (Photo: Ruger)
On Wednesday, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in history.
The sweeping proposal would increase access for sportsmen across more than 2.3 million acres of federally-managed public land at 97 national wildlife refuges and nine national fish hatcheries.
“America’s hunters and anglers now have something significant to look forward to in the fall as we plan to open and expand hunting and fishing opportunities across more acreage nationwide than the entire state of Delaware,” said Bernhardt in a statement. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hunt Fish Chiefs have been instrumental in our effort over the past two years to streamline our regulations and identify new opportunities for sportsmen and women like no other previous administration.”
The rule announced this week would establish 900 new opportunities ranging from minor changes like expanding season dates for the existing pheasant hunt at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in California, to formally opening the lands on nine units of the National Fish Hatchery System to hunting or sport fishing.
Other large openings