Proposed Hunt Plan Changes

Hunting DeSoto

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges. Interested individuals and organizations are asked to review the plan and provide written comments by May 31, 2019. Once completed, the final EA and Hunt Plan will establish new hunting regulations and locations for refuge lands.

Written comments can be mailed to DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges, Attention: Hunt Plan Comment, 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555. They can also be submitted via email to: peter_rea@fws.gov - please specify "Hunt Plan Comment" in the subject line.


You are invited to review and comment on proposed hunting changes at DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges.  Both DeSoto and Boyer Chute will host an open house for interested public to learn more about proposed changes and to comment.  Dates and locations are:

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge - May 14, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Headquarters Office (1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555)

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge - May 15, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Fort Calhoun Library (110 South 14th Street, Fort Calhoun, NE 68023)

Link to pdf's of the draft documents can be found below:

Draft Hunt Plan for DeSoto and Boyer Chute NWRs

Draft Environmental Assessment for DeSoto and Boyer Chute NWRs

Draft Compatibility Determination - DeSoto NWR

Draft Compatibility Determination - Boyer Chute NWR 

News Releases:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
May 2, 2019 Peter Rea, 712.388.4803

Boyer Chute and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuges Proposing Changes to Hunting Opportunities

Missouri Valley, Iowa - Hunting and fishing 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 and more than 310 are open to sportfishing. 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 the outdoors in amazing places.

Both Boyer Chute and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuges are proposing to update their hunting programs. We 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.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, near Missouri Valley, Iowa, is proposing to expand turkey hunting to include the fall archery season.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will host an open house on May 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Refuge Headquarters 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, Iowa. 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 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 or email peter_rea@fws.gov.

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, is proposing to open up portions of the refuge to archery spring and fall turkey hunting and archery deer hunting opportunities.

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge will host an open house on May 15, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Calhoun Library. This is an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with refuge staff and to provide comments on the draft plans. You can also submit comments to the refuge by mail to 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 or email peter_rea@fws.gov.

Draft documents are available from the refuge office. You can contact the refuge at (712) 388-4803 or peter_rea@fws.gov to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

DeSoto & Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges are located north of Omaha, Nebraska along on U.S. Highway 30 between Missouri Valley, Iowa and along U.S. Highway 75 near Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska. For more information contact 712/388-4800 or email the refuge at desoto@fws.gov. Check our websites, www.fws.gov/refuge/desoto/ or www.fws.gov/refuge/boyer_chute/, for refuge updates. Like us on Facebook - search for DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2019
Contact:
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge: Peter Rea, (712) 388-4801, peter_rea@fws.gov
Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge: Scott Simmons, 320-273-2191, scott_simmons@fws.gov

Two Iowa National Wildlife Refuges Proposing Changes to Hunt and Fishing Opportunities

Hunting and fishing 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 and more than 310 are open to sportfishing. 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 the outdoors in amazing places.

Two refuges in Iowa are proposing to update their hunting and fishing programs. We 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.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, near Missouri Valley, Iowa, is proposing to expand turkey hunting to include the fall archery season.

Draft documents are available from the refuge office. You can contact the refuge at (712) 388-4801 or peter_rea@fws.gov to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will host an open house on May 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Refuge Visitor Center 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, Iowa. 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 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 or email peter_rea@fws.gov.

Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge is headquartered in Odessa, Minnesota but has lands in northeastern and central Iowa. The refuge is proposing to open lands and waters in Iowa and Minnesota to sportfishing.

Draft documents are available from the refuge office in Odessa, Minnesota. Or you can contact the refuge at 320-273-2191 or scott_simmons@fws.gov to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge will host an open house at Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The open house will be at the refuge office at 1710 360th Street, Titonka, Iowa. 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 Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR 44843 County Road 19, Odessa, Minnesota 56276 or email scott_simmons@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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