New Opportunities to Hunt and Fish on National Wildlife Refuges


Many sportsmen view National Wildlife Refuges (NWF) as national parks where hunting and fishing is prohibited. However, the wildlife there must be managed just like any other wild place, so the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has just opened up several new NWFs to sporting access. The info below may surprise you with how many NWFs offer hunting, fishing, or both. Here’s a look at new openings and the complete list across the country.

 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the agency will expand hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System, opening up new hunting programs on six refuges and expanding existing hunting and fishing programs on another 20 refuges. The rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 75 additional refuges and wetland management districts.

60050006The Service manages its hunting and fishing programs on refuges to ensure sustainable wildlife populations, while offering traditional wildlife-dependent recreation on public lands.

“For more than a century, hunters and anglers have been the backbone of conservation in this country and a driving force behind the expansion of the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “By providing more hunting and fishing opportunities on refuges, we are supporting a great recreational heritage passed down from generation to generation, creating economic growth in local communities and helping to ensure that conservation stays strong in America.”