The Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing to open up a variety of new areas for hunting and sport fishing. FWS announced it wants to allow hunting and fishing at six more national wildlife refuges, add new hunts at six more, increase hunting opportunities at another 20 and fishing at two.
You can read the details at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-24/html/2013-21804.htm.
FWS is officially taking public comments until Oct. 24, but nobody will be there to read them, let alone open up the new opportunities until the government reopens. FWS initially proposed a short public comment period in the hopes of opening up the lands and waters quickly – a hope that seems dashed by the shutdown.
At various places, the hunting includes migratory birds, upland game or big game.
FWS is also proposing to clarify language in its rules regarding hunting and fishing at specific refuges and putting the rules into code to make them clearer.
Since most hunting and fishing takes place within 100 miles of home, FWS says it doesn't expect adding hunting and fishing days would have much impact on tourist economies.