By John Kruse
For The Sentinel 

The Washington Outdoors Report: More fishing, hunting coming to Washington

 

April 29, 2020

John Kruse

SIGN OF THE TIMES: National Wildlife Refuge boundary sign.

On April 8, David Bernhardt, the Secretary of the Interior, announced his intention to open up more than 2.3 million acres across America for increased fishing and hunting opportunities. This would occur as early as this fall on 97 national wildlife refuges and nine national fish hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (US FWS). This is part of a push by the Trump administration and the US FWS to open more access to the refuges. With this addition hunting will be allowed at 399 refuges and fishing permitted at 331.

The announcement garnered applause from the CEOs of several conservation organizations to include the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Coastal Conservation A...



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