Proposed Hunt Area Expansion

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Expanded Hunting Opportunities Proposed at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes expanding waterfowl hunting opportunities on the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge for the 2019-2020 hunting season, by opening 380 additional acres of refuge waters and tidelands to hunting. We are seeking public comments on the Draft Hunting Plan and Draft Compatibility Determination from June 5, 2019 to July 8, 2019. 

The proposed expansion would be north of and adjacent to the existing hunt area. This would provide a total of 1,197 acres of Service and WDFW-owned lands within the Refuge boundary that are open to waterfowl hunting. Hunting access would be by boat only. The restored estuary area (Sanctuary) and Research Natural Area (RNA) would remain closed to hunting and boating to provide adequate wildlife sanctuary. The proposed action represents a minor change in the amount or type of public use on Service lands, and is in accordance with existing regulations, management plans, and procedures.

Written comments can be mailed to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Attention: Hunt Plan Comment, 100 Brown Farm Road, Olympia , WA 98516. They can also be submitted via email to: glynnis_nakai@fws.gov. Please specify "Hunt Plan Comment" in the subject line.