Zinke Orders Increased Access for Hunters and Anglers

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued Secretarial Order 3356 is purpose is to find ways to give hunters and anglers greater access. Over the next 90 days land managers from the USFWS, BLM, and the NPS will be looking at ways to increase hunting and fishing opportunities on federal lands.

The biggest threat to the future of hunting is loss of access. The number one reason people quite hunting and why people never start is they lack a place to go. Increased access is always a good
thing.
“Hunting and fishing is a cornerstone of the American tradition and hunters and fishers of America are the backbone of land and wildlife conservation,” said Secretary Zinke. “The more people we
can get outdoors, the better things will be for our public lands. As someone who grew up hunting and fishing on our public lands – packing bologna sandwiches and heading out at 4AM with my dad – I know how important it is to expand access to public lands for future generations. Some of my best memories are hunting deer or reeling in rainbow trout back home in Montana, and I think every American should be able to have that experience.”Safari Club International broke down what Secretarial Order 3356 directs bureaus within the department to do.

Within 120 days produce a plan to expand access for hunting and fishing on BLM, USFWS and NPS land.
 Amend national monument management plans to ensure the public’s right to hunt, fish and target shoot.
 Expand educational outreach programs for underrepresented communities such as veterans,minorities, and youth.
 In a manner that respects the rights and privacy of the owners of non-public lands, identify lands within their purview where access to Department lands, particularly access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other forms of outdoor recreation, is currently limited (including areas of Department land that may be impractical or effectively impossible to access via public roads or trails under current conditions, but where there may be an opportunity to gain access through an easement, right-of- way, or acquisition), and provide a report detailing such lands to the Deputy Secretary.
 Within 365 days, cooperate, coordinate, create, make available, and continuously update online a single “one stop” Department site database of available opportunities for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on Department lands.
 Improve wildlife management through collaboration with state, Tribal, territorial, and conservation partners.

This is great news for sportsmen and women. Access is so important for the future of hunting. I am really looking forward to see how this plays out over the next year.

To read the press release from SCI CLICK HERE