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More hunting, fishing opportunities open in state

Today, the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a rule to open additional hunting and fishing opportunities in Missouri and across the country.

In Missouri, three national wildlife refuges are adding hunting opportunities.

Great River National Wildlife Refuge: Opening to snipe, rail, woodcock and dove, and fall firearm season for turkey to come into full alignment with state regulations where possible on 9,719 acres in both Missouri and Illinois.  

Middle Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge: Opening to furbearers and migratory birds to come into full alignment with state regulations where possible on 8,084.5 acres in both Missouri and Illinois. Specifically: Open new hunting opportunities for migratory game birds on Meissner Island Division, Wilkinson Island Division and Beaver Island Division (3,958 acres). Open new hunting opportunities for upland game Meissner Island Division, Harlow Island Division, Beaver Island Division, Horse Island Division, Rockwood Island Division, Crains Island Division and Wilkinson Island Division (8,084.5 acres)   

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (Source: USFWS/Katie Steiger-Meister photo)

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge: Opening 143 acres in Missouri (Portage Island division) for the first time to migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting.  

“There are so many health benefits to getting outside in nature, including a positive impact to your physical and mental health,” Missouri Department of Conservation Director Sara Parker Pauley said. “Anytime we have a chance to expand outdoor recreation opportunities, including additional access to public lands to fish and hunt, and make it easily accessible to Missourians, that’s a win for our citizens and for conservation.” 

Hunting and fishing are not allowed on all refuges, but according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, every effort is made to permit them where possible and compatible. 

According to data contained in the press release, in 2020, theU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute nearly $1 billion to states under the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. 

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