Historic Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on Public Lands

The Great American Outdoors Act signed by President Trump is the gift that just keeps on giving! Thank you again, President Trump for your actions, and thank you Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation for all of your hard work fighting to get this to President Trump’s desk. American sportsmen owe you a debt that cannot be repaid.

“On the heels of President Trump signing the most significant conservation and recreation funding in US history, providing nearly $20 billion over the next 10 years to fix and conserve the American people’s public lands, the Trump Administration has now made an additional 2.3 million acres accessible to new hunting and fishing opportunities,” Secretary David Bernhardt announced today at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. “We continue to take significant actions to further conservation initiatives and support sportsmen and women who are America’s true conservationists.”

This is a breakthrough for the citizen sportsman, as the Trump Administration continues to undo the political nonsense that the previous administration did and increases recreational access on public lands to all Americans. 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 marks the single largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Service in history.

“The Trump Administration and Secretary Bernhardt have made access to public lands for hunting and fishing and other outdoor recreation a priority beginning day one. Hunting and fishing are a part of our American history, and we continue to ensure we provide opportunities for these activities which epitomize our American heritage,” said Service Director Aurelia Skipwith. “Furthermore, we have maintained our commitment to promoting good government by reducing the regulatory burden by working with states to facilitate these outdoor activities.”

This rule increases the number of units in the Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System open to public hunting to 430 and those open to fishing to 360. The rule also formally brings the total number of National Fish Hatchery System units open to hunting or sport fishing to 21.