This expansion brings the number of units open to public hunting up to 377, and the number where fishing is permitted to 312. The final rule also takes steps to simply regulations to more closely match state hunting and fishing regulations.
“American sportsmen and women contribute over a billion dollars a year to fund conservation. Without hunters and anglers, we wouldn't be able to conserve wildlife and habitat; and, without access to our public lands like national wildlife refuges, many hunters would have nowhere to go,” said Secretary Zinke. “The last thing I want to see is hunting to become an elite sport, rather than a tradition passed on from generation to generation. Today’s announcement protects critical conservation funding, and ensures sportsmen have access to public lands for generations to come.”
Hunting and/or fishing will be opened or expand on the following refuges:
Wisconsin • Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge: Opens hunting of certain gamebirds, small mammals and furbearers for the first time, and expand existing migratory game bird and big game hunting.
More than 53 million Americans visit refuges every year. National wildlife refuges provide habitats for thousands of species and access to world-class recreation. The National Wildlife Refuge System is made up of 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts.