U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today, August 18th, the opening and expansion of over 850 hunting and fishing opportunities across more than 2.3 million acres at 147 national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. This rule is the single largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in history, according to the US Dept. of Interior release.
The changes for Wyoming include hunting and fishing expansion of three wildlife refuges and the opening of one for the first time. Both Wyoming U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso have shared they “applaud this expansion.”
“This announcement to expand hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands is good news for sportsmen and for our state,” Enzi said. “Wyoming is home to one-of-a-kind beauty and natural treasures. It’s important to ensure that our public lands and recreational areas are accessible to the public for multiple use so those unique areas can be enjoyed by more people.”
“Today’s final rule is welcome news to hunters and fishermen in Wyoming and across the country,” said Barrasso said. “In Wyoming, hunting and fishing are a huge part of our way of life. I’m pleased we will now have expanded recreation access at a time where socially distant outdoor activities like hunting and fishing are more important than ever.”
The changes in Wyoming include:
- Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge: Open upland game and big game hunting for the first time.
- Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: Open light geese hunting and sport fishing on acres already open to other hunting.
- Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Open upland game and big game hunting for the first time on acres already open to other hunting.
- Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge: Open mourning dove hunting on acres already open to other hunting.