CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s United States Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso expressed their support on Tuesday for a decision that expands hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands across the country and in Wyoming.
“U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge the historic 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,” the U.S. Department of the Interior said Tuesday. “This rule is the single largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in history.”
Wyoming’s Senate Delegation says expanded hunting and fishing opportunities in Wyoming include:
·Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge: Open upland game and big game hunting for the first time.
·Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: Open light geese hunting and sport fishing on acres already open to other hunting.
· Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Open upland game and big game hunting for the first time on acres already open to other hunting.
·Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge: Open mourning dove hunting on acres already open to other hunting. Wyoming Senate Delegation
“This announcement to expand hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands is good news for sportsmen and for our state,” Enzi said in the press release. “Wyoming is home to one-of-a-kind beauty and natural treasures. It’s important to ensure that our public lands and recreational areas are accessible to the public for multiple use so those unique areas can be enjoyed by more people.”
Barrasso added: “Today’s final rule is welcome news to hunters and fishermen in Wyoming and across the country. In Wyoming, hunting and fishing are a huge part of our way of life. I’m pleased we will now have expanded recreation access at a time where socially distant outdoor activities like hunting and fishing are more important than ever.”
This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.