The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking to expand hunting opportunities on 10 national wildlife refuges in several states.
According to a report at guns.com, the change would open two refuges in North Dakota to moose hunting, as well as increase hunting opportunities at refuges in Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
New Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, himself an avid hunter, is propelling the expansion. “As the steward of our public lands, one of my top priorities is to open up access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down the heritage,” Zinke said in an announcement. “The last thing I want to see is hunting and fishing become elite sports. These 10 refuges will provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and anglers across the country to access the land and connect with the wildlife.”