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2018-2019 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations Process:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), as part of the 2018-2019 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations process, proposes to expand hunting on over 13,000 additional acres at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (Refuge). These additional areas would be open to waterfowl and pheasant hunting and would align with State regulations for these species.   

As currently proposed, up 40% of the Refuge’s acreage would be open to migratory bird hunting. These expanded hunting areas would enhance wetland and upland hunting opportunities for new and existing hunters now and in the future. The Refuge would also maintain opportunities for other forms of wildlife-dependent recreation and continue providing healthy habitat for native and migratory wildlife.

Details on the proposed alternatives for these new areas and opportunities for public comment can be found in the NEPA document posted below.

Public Comment Period: June 8 through July 8  

Members of the public are invited to submit comments on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) during a 30-day public comment period starting June 8 and ending July 8. Public comments can be submitted online via email or in writing via postal mail during the public comment period.

Comments concerning the EA and its proposed alternatives can be submitted online by emailing BearRiverRefugehunt@fws.gov. Questions or requests for more information regarding the EA and its proposed alternatives can be directed to Karl Fleming at 435-734-6434. Additional information and updates will be available on this website.

Timeline and Next Steps  

Following the public comment period, the Service will analyze comments received, publish a final EA, and make a final determination about the proposed hunting expansion. The Service aims to open these proposed new hunting areas in time for the 2018-2019 hunting season.

Hunting opportunities are and will continue to be authorized and provided in accordance with Federal, State, and Tribal regulations and seasons (where applicable).

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