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Expanding Hunting, Angling Opportunities Strengthens Sporting Traditions

DENVER — The National Wildlife Federation applauds the Biden administration’s proposal to expand hunting and fishing opportunities across 2.1 million acres at 90 national wildlife refuges. The plan will open seven wildlife refuges that had been closed to hunting and fishing and expand hunting and fishing at 83 others. This proposal brings the total number of refuges available for hunting to 434 and the number available for fishing to 378.

“This is terrific news for hunters and anglers across the country. Over the past year, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in hunting and fishing as Americans seek to reconnect with the outdoors and put food on the table for their families during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Aaron Kindle, director of sporting advocacy at the National Wildlife Federation. “One of the best ways to retain and recruit new hunters and anglers is to increase opportunities to pursue those passions. This proposal will go a long way to strengthening our sporting traditions.”

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