Feds propose to expand hunting, fishing in 10 National Wildlife Refuges
By Chris Eger
North Dakota’s Souris River Basin National Wildlife Refuge is one of 10 that could see expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities. (Photo: USFWS)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week proposed to expand hunting and fishing at national wildlife refuges in eight states.
Among the changes would be to open two refuges in North Dakota, the 19,500-acre Des Lacs NWR, and 32,000-acre Souris River Basin NWR, to moose hunters for the first time as well as increasing hunting opportunities at refuges in Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement Friday, remarking he was lucky to grow up hunting and fishing and pass the sport to his children.
“As the steward of our public lands, one of my top priorities is to open up access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down the heritage,” Zinke said. “The last thing I want to see is hunting and fishing become elite sports. These ten refuges will provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and anglers across the country to access the land and connect with the wildlife.”
Besides the North Dakota openings, the Savannah River NWR — which