Proposed Rule Clarifies Hunting Rule Changes at National Wildlife Refuges

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Proposed Rule Clarifies Hunting Rule Changes at National Wildlife Refuges The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that modifies language regarding existing hunting programs at 76 national wildlife refuges, including three refuges in the California and Nevada Region. The proposed rule has a 30-day public comment period. The Service hopes to finalize the rule in time for the early winter and early spring 2008-2009 hunting seasons.

The proposed rule modifies language for Humboldt Bay and Sacramento River refuges in California and Stillwater refuge in Nevada The proposed rule does not expand or create hunting programs but clarifies minor administrative matters such as opening and closing hours for hunting, hunter registration, approved weapons and ammunition (non-toxic) for migratory game bird hunting and other matters.

The public comment period closes Feb. 12, 2009. Respondents may provide comments online at Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Comments also may be sent via U.S. mail or hand delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: RIN 1018-AV20; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203. E-mailed or faxed comments will not be accepted.

To view the proposed rule, visit

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