Arizona wildlife refugees included in Trump administration plan for hunting, fishing

The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed opening up more federally protected land for hunting and fishing in what it called a major expansion of those activities in the nation’s wildlife refuges.

The plan affects 1.4 million acres on federal public lands, including 74 national wildlife refuges, U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said.

Under the proposed expansion at sites in 46 states, including Arizona, the number of wildlife refuges where hunting would be allowed would increase by five to 382 while fishing would be allowed at 316 locations.

“It’s a dramatic statement about our commitment to access,” Bernhardt said.

The plan is to finalize the proposal by September after public comment.

Here are the new or expanding opportunities announced for hunting and fishing in national wildlife refuges in Arizona:

• Bill Williams River: Expand method of take for existing migratory game bird hunting and upland game hunting to further align with state regulations.

• Buenos Aires: Expand method of take and season date ranges for existing upland game hunting and existing big game hunting on 104,986 acres to further align with state regulations.

• Cibola: Expand method of take and hunting hours for existing migratory game bird hunting and expand method of take for existing upland game hunting to further align with state regulations. Expand existing big game hunting to 12,243 acres already open to other activities.

• Havasu: Expand hours and season date ranges for existing migratory game bird hunting to further align with state regulations on 25,197 acres.

• Imperial: Expand method of take for existing migratory game bird hunting and expand method of take and season date ranges for existing upland game hunting to further align with state regulations on 23,897 acres.

• Kofa: Expand method of take and season date ranges for existing upland game hunting on 663,402 acres to further align with state regulations.

• San Bernardino: Expand method of take for existing migratory game bird hunting on 1,303 acres to further align with state regulations.

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