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Trump plans major expansion of hunting and fishing in protected US wildlife refuges

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  1. bds

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    (6/5/19) OAK HARBOR, Ohio: Trump administration plans major expansion of hunting and fishing in protected US wildlife refuges - http://www.fox5atlanta.com/web/waga...nd-fishing-in-protected-us-wildlife-refuges-1
    • Trump administration proposed major expansion of opening up federally protected land for hunting and fishing in the nation's wildlife refuges
    • Plan affects 1.4 million acres on federal public lands including 74 national wildlife refuges
    • Proposal would allow hunting and fishing for the first time at 15 national fish hatcheries.
    • Proposed expansion at sites in 46 states would allow hunting in 382 wildlife refuges while fishing would be allowed at 316 locations.
    • The plan is to finalize the proposal by September after public comment.
    I guess more hunters and fishermen will be voting for Trump in 2020?
     
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    :thumbup: Nice to hear but the Feds don't like 'outsiders' messing with their territory.
     
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    That sounds fine provided the population control is needed, or at least won't adversely effect the ecosystem. My understanding is that the conservation plans put into place by the various State wildlife agencies, have largely been very effective in allowing the harvesting of game without negatively effecting the sustainability of various species populations.

    So hopefully, this proposal comes with advisement from some knowledgeable individuals.
     
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    /\ x2. Agreed, hope they are thinking long term and not just the instant gratification.
     
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    What needs to happen is to allow the killing of exotic species in Everglades N.P. especially pythons and tegus. The Feds complain about them but only allow their people to kill them. Visitors should be allowed to kill them on sight. As it stands now, Everglades N.P. is the biggest nursery/breeding ground for pythons in Florida.

    Tegu Lizard:

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  6. BigBore44

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    That’s absolutely stupid. I looked on an Everglades website and they actually advise if you see a Tegu, take a picture of it and report it’s location. Cause it will definitely be there when the wildlife department shows up....3 days later. Assuming the person taking the picture can even operate their GPS on their phone correctly to give a location. Who thinks this crap up? 068206F4-6060-4688-A459-0E59AEA15EBD.jpeg
     
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  7. jmorris

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    Someone who’s not thinking?
     
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    Yeah but it’s always these people who get in positions of power to make dumb policy.
     
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    When you're really in trouble the worst thing you can hear is someone saying, "I'm from the Federal Government and I'm here to help."

    The only way it will work is to have it administered by the State where the land is located and even then it will become too political. I applied for an elk permit in the Federal Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge here in Oklahoma each year for over 40 years and could never draw. It really made me mad when I saw Bill Jordan doing a elk hunt there and I haven't applied since. A State employee that I personally know who worked for the Wildlife Department told me he made the hunt twice and had a successful hunt both times.
     
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  10. LRDGCO

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    The leading sources of funding for conservation in the US are hunting and fishing licenses as well as Pittman-Robertson excise taxes on firearms and ammo (and related excise taxes on fishing and boating equipment). The Trump Administration, pursuant to advice and counsel from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, as well as numerous conservation groups, is aggressively pursuing policies that promote and expand hunting and the shooting sports (and fishing). This move is the latest examp!e. It's good for sportsmen and women, for recreational sbooters, and for conservation.
     
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    Sadly, many are elected into the positions by "us".
     
  12. Fine Figure of a Man

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    They are and plenty of thought goes into their "dumb" policies. It is a constant quest for power, money and control.
    The Feds could not care less about invasive species in the Everglades or anywhere else.
     
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  13. Hookeye

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    So the new regs won't open the door for sportsmen to hunt invasives?
     
  14. BigBore44

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    Yes it will in many places. There’s a link in the OP, then another in the story that shows you all the places and species being opened to.
     
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