Wildlife Refuges May Offer More Hunting

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United States Fish and Wildlife services are proposing to increase hunting at 10 different wildlife refuges in 8 states. The areas are being overtaken with non-native and invasive species, such as feral pigs in Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Texas. US Fish and Wildlife services are taking public comments until August 4th before making their final decision on the proposal.

A team was sent to the refuges to determine if the site could handle the hunting, and what the ecological impact would be. It was then determined that the sites could handle an increase in hunting. At the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge three sites will be increasing their hunting opportunities, instead of 700 licenses there will be 1000 offered. Deer and feral pigs were not being managed, and this increase will help with management.

Crane Meadows National Refuge in Minnesota will be open to deer and turkey hunting for the first time ever. Coldwater River National Refuge in Mississippi is lifting bans on some migratory birds, and allowing deer and hog hunting for the first time. Currituck National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina would allow hunting deer and hogs. Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado and Ouray National Wildlife Refuge in Utah will allow hunting for elk and Ouray will allow turkey hunting. Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana will allow migratory bird hunting. Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in Minnesota and Iowa, will open more land for migratory bird hunting, and upland big game hunting.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services will routinely change hunting regulations at the sites as the ecosystem allows. From The Miami Herald.


niceshot_smitty's picture

Don't forget that when

Don't forget that when Clinton was in Office he closed all wildlife Rufuges to hunting.  Bush open most back up.

hunter25's picture

More good news for the

More good news for the hunters that live close enough to these areas to take advantage of the tag increases. I'm also happy to see that hunting is the recognized way to deal with the problems being presented and not some other crazy scheme like we have seen elsewhere. I think it's funny in that when I was younger I thought the term wildlife refuge meant that there was no hunting allowed for any reason and the animals were always safe from us.

Some of these areas however have never been hunted before at all and could yield some great trophies for the guys lucky enough to draw the tags. That is of course if all the tags are not antlerless as sometimes happens with these population control hunts.

Good luck to anyone reading this update if you draw the tag or are close enough to one of the areas to make use of one when you get it.

niceshot_smitty's picture

Thats all pretty good news

Thats all pretty good news for sportsmen.  I wish i lived closer to some of those spots.  Its pretty hard to hunt here in New Mexico on the wildlife refuge.