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The Trump administration announced plans on Wednesday to open up 2.3 million acres of land to hunting and fishing on more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries across the country – earning praise from hunting groups but derision from wildlife conservation organizations who called the move “tone deaf” as the country reels from the coronavirus pandemic.


The proposal would allow hunting and fishing for the first time at several national wildlife refuges from coast to coast, including San Diego Bay in California, Alamosa in Colorado, Bombay Hook in Delaware and Umbagog in Maine and New Hampshire and Everglades Headwaters in Florida.


It would also allow alligator hunting at three national wildlife refuges: Banks Lake in Georgia, Laguna Atascosa in Texas and Savannah in Georgia and South Carolina.

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In Arizona, hunters would be able to go after mountain lions and mule deer at Cabeza Prieta and bobcats, fox, and mountain lions at Buenos Aires, both national wildlife refuges. In Oregon, migratory bird hunting will be allowed for the first time at Wapato Lake and Hart Mountain national wildlife refuges.


“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,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement.

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The plan, which was announced as part of the Interior Department’s annual review ahead of the upcoming hunting season, has a 60 day comment period for people to weigh on it.

The move drew quick praise from pro-sporting groups like the Boone and Crocket Club, which said it “would provide new or expanded recreational opportunities on 97 national wildlife refuges in almost every state.”

“The action today by Secretary Bernhardt to create new access opportunities on many of these properties shows the tremendous success of wildlife restoration efforts to build the sustainable populations that allow regulated hunting and fishing programs to expand,” Timothy C. Brady, the club’s president, said in a statement.

In contrast, conservation groups and pro-wildlife organizations criticized the proposal, both for its intent and its timing as the country tries to get the COVID-19 outbreak under control.

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“Instead of responding to pleas by state and local officials for needed agency resources, assistance, and help during this generational pandemic,” Jayson O’Neill, the director of Western Values Project, said in a statement. “Secretary Bernhardt made a tone-deaf announcement that by no means could ever make up for the hunting opportunities and wildlife lost as a result of Trump’s deregulatory agenda decimating our public lands and environmental protections.”

O’Neill added: “Bernhardt clearly needs to reassess his priorities to make sure the necessities of American families and workers are met first. You’d think President Trump and Secretary Bernhardt would have learned from their reckless decision to waive national park fees and encourage visitors that risked countless lives.”

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Bernhardt last month directed the National Park Service to waive entrance fees at all national parks that remain open during the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to aid public social distancing. While citizens across the country have been advised to stay at home and avoid any unnecessary travel, parks across the country have reported a surge in visitors.

Grand Canyon and Zion national parks have already closed during the pandemic – along with many state and local parks across the country -- and some NPS employees are pleading with federal officials to mandate an across the board closures of all national parks.

“It is irresponsible for us to be open because we are aiding in the spread of the virus,” a manager at a national park in the Midwest told the Guardian.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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michael e. bingham

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I still can`t believe they are shutting us down from fishing on our own boats , I Braved costco the other day and it was a complete shit show , it way more dangerous with all the people gping up and down the isles , everybody that has thetr own boat pretty much has a set groyp of guys that they have fished with for years , Good fishing buddies that hang out , I get it about everybody dping thete part and the only place i go is to work DOD and the boat , we cant even get a time line when we get get back on the water , no one knows , lots of rumors flying around but zero frlm the people who shut down the ports , we have the right and deserve to be kept in the loop
 
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Hey wait a minute, I want to know which fish hatcheries we'll be able to fish in. I hope they include the ones with those big brood stock fish! pig: Be well everybody!

Good fishin'!
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Dont think donny would make much of a fisherman...seems too worried about his appearance doesnt seem good at taking direction ...actual sunlight might ruin his natural color...seems to have trouble putting info together to come up with a solid plan..seems to have no respect for experience..claims to not exercise at all so not much stamina...I can think of more reasons but I'm sure this is enough for his disciples to return fire...hahaha
 
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    I want to hunt San Diego bay
     
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    Yeah, What the hell was that part all about?
    My guess is while the feds say go for it the county has laws about discharging firearms within incorporated areas and it will never happen but one can dream
     
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    Dont think donny would make much of a fisherman...seems too worried about his appearance doesnt seem good at taking direction ...actual sunlight might ruin his natural color...seems to have trouble putting info together to come up with a solid plan..seems to have no respect for experience..claims to not exercise at all so not much stamina...I can think of more reasons but I'm sure this is enough for his disciples to return fire...hahaha

    Bud, give it a rest.
     
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    My guess is while the feds say go for it the county has laws about discharging firearms within incorporated areas and it will never happen but one can dream

    I bet it's allowing fishing in the back bay. Of which whoever has a jon boat, kayak and land access will be the only ones in there. If hunting were allowed back in there it could be really good! All the alligators would need to be thinned out before I went walking around in that water though.
     
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    I bet it's allowing fishing in the back bay. Of which whoever has a jon boat, kayak and land access will be the only ones in there. If hunting were allowed back in there it could be really good! All the alligators would need to be thinned out before I went walking around in that water though.

    Fan boat and a rifle, let’s do it.
     
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    Dont think donny would make much of a fisherman...seems too worried about his appearance doesnt seem good at taking direction ...actual sunlight might ruin his natural color...seems to have trouble putting info together to come up with a solid plan..seems to have no respect for experience..claims to not exercise at all so not much stamina...I can think of more reasons but I'm sure this is enough for his disciples to return fire...hahaha

    Admit it, you watch CNN all day to kill time until Rachel Madcow comes on.
     
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    skrilla

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    I'm hoping by wildlife refuges he means MPA's. Throw it in the proposal just like the Dems tried with the Kennedy Center. LOL
     
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