Gov. Jim Justice has signed SB 451 into law, expanding Sunday hunting on all public lands in West Virginia.
Today's secretarial order drives more resources into wildlife habitat restoration and federal/state/private landowner collaboration.
Animal-rights activists on July 17 sued the state of Wisconsin over its 2015 Right to Hunt Act, claiming their rights are infringed by the act’s expansion of anti-hunter harassment laws and its explanation of what exactly “harassment” entails.
Continuing the DOI’s efforts to enhance conservation stewardship, the order seeks to improve wildlife management and conservation, increase access to public lands for hunting, shooting and fishing and puts a greater emphasis on promoting outdoor activities among youth, veterans and minority communities.
On Aug. 1, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., handed down its 54-page ruling on Great Lakes wolves: Gray wolves will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and state management will not be allowed. While the ruling doesn’t immediately remove federal protections from wolves in the Western Great Lakes states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, the court’s decision regarding the important issue of a “distinct population segment” (DPS) is a win for sportsmen.