U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Expanded Hunting and Fishing in National Wildlife Refuges

On September 7, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced the opening of more than 251,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities within the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Specifically, the 251,000 acres will span across 30 refuges, and will increase the number of units open to hunting to 377, and fishing to 312 different units. In total, there are nearly 600 National Wildlife Refuges spanning over 146 million acres.

The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 outlined the fundamental conservation mission of the Refuge System while identifying six areas of wildlife depended recreational activities, which includes hunting, fishing, photography, education, observation, and interpretation.

“The National Wildlife Refuge System provides a considerable amount of opportunities for our nation’s sportsmen and women to participate in our time-honored traditions of hunting and fishing. We applaud Secretary Zinke for his commitment to expand hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands and waters for America’s sportsmen and women.” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane.

States Involved

Share this page

Your opinion counts

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been making the headlines recently, with several new states and a Canadian province testing positive for the disease, and many states implementing new rules to prevent its spread. How has this increased public awareness of CWD affected you?

Vote Here
Get Involved

We work hard to educate elected officials about issues important to you, but we can't do it alone. Find out how you can get involved and support CSF.

Read More