Proposed Changes to Hunt Opportunities 2019

News Release Midwest Region

8588 Route 148
Marion, IL 62959

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 29, 2019

Contact:

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge: Neil Vincent, (618) 998-5954, neil_vincent@fws.gov

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge: Liz Jones, (618) 634-2231, liz_jones@fws.gov

 

Two Illinois National Wildlife Refuges Proposing Changes to Hunt Opportunities

Hunting on national wildlife refuges is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. Today, more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting across the country. Here in the midwest, national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas are a huge part of this tradition. We welcome sportswomen and men of all backgrounds and abilities to experience challenging hunting in amazing places.

Two refuges in Illinois are proposing to update their refuge’s hunting programs and are seeking public comment on the changes. You are invited to review draft documents related to these changes, including the Draft Hunting Plans, Draft Environmental Assessments, and Draft Compatibility Determinations for each refuge. The documents are available beginning May 1, 2019 for 30 days.

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, near Ullin, Illinois, is proposing to:

Expand hunting to include all species legal under Illinois state regulations, to be consistent with nearby lands. New species are: Hungarian partridge, bobcat, woodchuck, striped skunk, rail, pheasant and crow.

Open additional acres to all species.

Draft documents are available from the refuge office, Cache River Wetlands Center and Shawnee Community College Library. Or you can contact the refuge at (618) 634-2231 or email liz_jones@fws.gov to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge will host an open house on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Refuge Office. The office is located on the Shawnee Community College Campus at 137 Rustic Campus Drive, Ullin, IL. This is an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with refuge staff and to provide your comments on the draft plans. You can also submit comments to the refuge by mail to 137 Rustic Campus Drive, Ullin, IL 62992 or email liz_jones@fws.gov.

 

 

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, near Marion, Illinois,is proposing to:

Expand hunting to include all species legal under Illinois state regulations, to be consistent with nearby lands. New species are: pheasant, Hungarian partridge, bobcat, striped skunk and woodchuck.

Re-open the refuge to hunting rail, snipe, dove, crow and woodcock.

Restrict some units to special hunts for underserved audiences.

Change method of take for deer to archery only for the Cambria and Group Camp Units.

Draft documents are available from the refuge office and Marion Carnegie Library. You can contact the refuge at (618) 997-3344 or email neil_vincent@fws.gov to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

Crab Orchard Hunt Plan Draft 2019

Crab Orchard Hunt Compatibility Determination Draft 2019

Crab Orchard Hunt Environmental Assessment Draft 2019

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge will host an open house on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Refuge Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is located at 8588 Route 148, Marion, IL. This is an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with refuge staff and to provide your comments on the draft plans. You can also submit comments to the refuge by mail to 8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959 or email to neil_vincent@fws.gov.

Across the country, national wildlife refuges work closely with state agencies, tribes, and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing where it is compatible with refuge purposes. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions.

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