NWTF Supports FWS Proposal to Increase Public Access for Hunting and Fishing

4/9/2020

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to expand hunting and fishing opportunities across more than 2.3 million acres.

The Service’s proposal, which includes 97 national wildlife refuges and nine national fish hatcheries, is the largest expansion ever of hunting and fishing recreational areas by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This includes additional wild turkey hunting opportunity on 20 National Wildlife Refuges and Fish Hatcheries across 16 states.

In a U.S. Department of the Interior press release, Bernhardt said, “America’s hunters and anglers now have something significant to look forward to in the fall as we plan to open and expand hunting and fishing opportunities across more acreage nationwide than the entire state of Delaware.”

If passed, the historic expansion will directly coincide with NWTF’s mission to open more land for public access.

“The National Wild Turkey Federation is pleased that the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remain committed to removing barriers for hunting and fishing by increasing access and opportunities,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Reducing barriers to hunting has been a key aspect of the NWTF’s hunter recruitment and retention efforts. The Service’s proposal to open 2.3 million acres ties directly to those efforts.”

Read the U.S. FWS release for more information or see the list of hunting and fishing expansions by state. (https://bit.ly/2JQAhHx)

The NWTF is encouraging its membership and all outdoor enthusiasts to make comments on the proposed rule. (https://bit.ly/2JVCBxb)

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.