Proposed changes to hunting program at refuge

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Seymour is proposing to update its hunting programs and is seeking comment from the public about the new ideas.

Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates to the early 1900s. More than 370 refuges across the country are open to the public for hunting, and many fish hatcheries allow hunting on their lands.

National Wildlife Refuges, waterfowl production areas and fish hatcheries are a huge part of this hunting history. Refuge officials welcome sportswomen and men of all backgrounds and abilities to experience the outdoors in these places.

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to open to migratory game bird hunting and upland game hunting on 747 acres and open to upland game hunting (raccoon, fox, coyote, opossum, skunk) on 4,455 acres.

Citizens are invited to review draft documents related to the proposed hunting changes, including the draft hunting plans, draft environmental assessments and draft compatibility determinations, for the refuge. The documents have been available for review since March 23 and will remain available for review until June 8.

Draft documents are located on the refuge website or those interested can contact the refuge at 812-522-4352, ext. 15, or [email protected] to request either printed or electronic copies. Click the rotator item on the refuge webpage to open the documents. The refuge asks to be notified if the documents are needed in an alternative format.

The public comment period is an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with the refuge manager and to provide comments on the draft plan. Comments can be submitted to the refuge by mail at 12985 E. U.S. 50, Seymour, IN 47274 or they can be emailed to [email protected]. Comments also can be submitted through the federal register.