Trump Administration Expands Hunting Opportunities

by
posted on October 19, 2019
usfws_lead.jpg

In August, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced a new rule to expand access to hunting and fishing opportunities on more than 1.4 million acres of public lands across the country.

“This is the largest single effort to expand hunting and fishing access in recent history,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “President Trump has made increasing public access and streamlining government functions priorities of his administration, and this new rule delivers on both fronts given the unprecedented expansion of public acreage and removal or revision of 5,000 hunting and fishing regulations to more closely match state laws. This is a big win for sportsmen and sportswomen across the country and our collective conservation efforts.”

A total of 77 wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are now open to hunting and fishing for the first time. The new rule also expands opportunities for new game species in refuges where hunting is already permitted.

This specific expansion more than doubles the amount of public-land opened or expanded collectively within the last five years and raises the number of huntable refuges in the USFWS’s National Wildlife Refuge System to 381.

“We are pleased to offer all Americans access to hunting and fishing opportunities and other recreational activities on refuge and hatchery lands where they are compatible with our conservation management goals,” said USFWS Principal Deputy Director Margaret Everson. “This generations-old heritage of hunting and fishing is all about loving outdoor traditions and time spent with family.”

The final rule also revises and simplifies all refuge-specific hunting and fishing regulations in every state to better match state regulations and to standardize safe practices across each state.

The USFWS worked closely with the states in preparing the rule. To view a copy of the final rule and a complete list of all included refuges and hatcheries, click here

Latest

Review Wilson Combat NULA Model 20 Lead
Review Wilson Combat NULA Model 20 Lead

Review: Wilson Combat NULA Model 20

Accuracy doesn’t have to be heavy.

Head to Head: .270 Winchester vs. .308 Winchester

Both the .308 Winchester and .270 Winchester are popular chamberings, and ammo is readily available from nearly every manufacturer. Which comes out on top? We take a closer look at the pros and cons of each.

#SundayGunday: Browning A5 20-Gauge

Get a closer look at the Browning A5 20-Gauge, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

How to Turkey Hunt Safely

FACT: Coming home is more important than coming home with a gobbler.

Turkey Calling by Subspecies

Ever wonder whether the difference between turkey subspecies extends to calling as well? We take a look at the different strategies used to hunt different birds.

Brownells 350 Legend BRN-180 Hunting Rifle Build

B. Gil Horman builds himself a new hunting rig right from the studs, exploring the ways in which an AR-pattern rifle can meet the various needs of most any American hunter.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.