Proposed Hunt Program Changes

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2021-22 Hunt Package for 7 Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex Refuges: Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Cat Island, Delta, and Mandalay National Wildlife Refuges


Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, Washington, and West Feliciana Parishes, Louisiana and Pearl River County, Mississippi

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comment on DRAFT Hunt Plans for Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Cat Island, Delta, and Mandalay National Wildlife Refuges.

All comments received from the public are reviewed and considered before finalizing the Hunt Plans. All interested parties are encouraged to review the documents below and contact the Refuge if they have any questions.

For more information: Public Information Bulletin.

2021-22 Federal Register Notice for the Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations 

To ensure consideration of your comments in the development of a final decision on the proposal, please ensure that we receive your comments by July 6, 2021. We anticipate making a decision on the proposal by late summer 2021. Please send your comments to: southeastlouisianarefuges@fws.gov  Danny Breaux, Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, 61389 HWY 434, Lacombe, LA 70445 (mail); or 985/882-9133 (fax).

With document links provided below, the Hunt Package is divided into three sections:

  • Section A. Draft Hunt Plans
  • Section B. Environmental Assessment
  • Appendices

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION A: DRAFT HUNT PLANS

Section A Draft Bayou Sauvage NWR Hunting Plan for Migratory Birds, Upland Game, and Big Game

Section A Draft Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Plan for Migratory Birds, Upland Game, and Big Game

Section A Draft Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Plan for Migratory Birds, Upland Game, and Big Game

Section A Draft Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Plan for Migratory Birds, Upland Game, and Big Game

Section A Draft Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Plan for Migratory Birds, Upland Game, and Big Game

Section A Draft Delta National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Plan for Migratory Birds, Upland Game, and Big Game

Section A Draft Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Plan for Migratory Birds, Upland Game, and Big Game

SECTION B: ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Environmental Assessment for 2021-22 Hunt Package for Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Cat Island, Delta, and Mandalay NWRs, Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex  

APPENDICES

Appendix A. Applicable Statutes, Executive Orders, and Regulations

Appendix B. Draft Hunting Compatibility Determinations
Draft Hunting Compatibility Determination for Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
Draft Hunting Compatibility Determination for Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge
Draft Hunting Compatibility Determination for Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
Draft Hunting Compatibility Determination for Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge
Draft Hunting Compatibility Determination for Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge
Draft Hunting Compatibility Determination for Delta National Wildlife Refuge
Draft Hunting Compatibility Determination for Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge

Appendix C. Draft Existing and Proposed Hunt Unit Figures 

Appendix D. Draft Land Acquisition Program Overview and Proposed Future Hunt Program Expansions for Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, and Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuges

Appendix E. Draft Proposed Changes to the Code of Federal Regulations for Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Cat Island, Delta, and Mandalay National Wildlife Refuges, Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex

Appendix F. Draft Minor CCP Revision Memo for Delta National Wildlife Refuge