To open up more land to public access, the Interior Department unveiled a proposal for new and expanded hunting and fishing access to 1.4 million acres in 46 states. This proposal includes 74 natural wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries being open to hunters and anglers.
“Hunting and fishing are more than just traditional pastimes as they are also vital to the conservation of our lands and waters, our outdoor recreation economy, and our American way of life,” U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said “These refugees and hatcheries provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and women and their families across the country to pass on a fishing and hunting heritage to future generations and connect with wildlife.”
There are also plans to revise the regulations in all 50 states for hunting in refugees to match the state regulations
“Well managed hunting and fishing are the backbone of conservation in this country, but inconsistent or overly complex regulations can act as a disincentive,” Service Principal Deputy Director Margaret Everson said in the Interior Department’s press release.“By aligning our refuge regulations with our state partners, we are reducing confusion and the regulatory burden on the American public, helping ensure the tradition and benefits of hunting and fishing can continue.”
Hunter recruitment is the biggest threat to hunting in the United States. The most commonly cited reason for not hunting is access, and this will increase access for many hunters. Love him or hate him this is a classic case of GOOD TRUMP.