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  1. KENNEDY63

    KENNEDY63 Elite Refuge Member

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    Trump Administration to Expand Hunting at National Monuments
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signs order instructing agencies to allow hunting, fishing


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    A Joshua tree forest in California’s Castle Mountains National Monument, created by former President Barack Obama last year. Hunting is prohibited in the monument. PHOTO: DAVID BECKER/ZUMA PRESS
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    Jim Carlton
    Updated Sept. 15, 2017 11:54 a.m. ET

    President Donald Trump’s administration is moving to expand hunting, fishing and target shooting at as many U.S. national monuments as possible, under a plan signed Friday by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

    Limited hunting and shooting is already allowed at some monuments, but the new plan seeks to open monuments that have previously banned those activities, a step that is likely to ignite a firestorm among environmentalists.

    Under Mr. Zinke’s order, hunting and target shooting could return to popular recreation areas such as the Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado, which now prohibits those sports.

    Interior officials said details would be worked out by the various agencies managing federal lands. The order instructs those agencies to do what they can within their authority to expand hunting, fishing and shooting on the monuments they oversee.

    Target shooting and hunting are prohibited at nearly 90 out of the 129 national monuments, while fishing is currently allowed at many of them.

    The existing bans, many of them decades-old, are part of land-management plans adopted by federal agencies that oversee monuments—lands designated for protection on cultural, historic or scientific grounds. The National Park Service, for instance, issued a prohibition on hunting at California’s Castle Mountains National Monument shortly after then-President Barack Obama, a Democrat, created it last year.

    Environmental groups, which have often pushed for those restrictions, could turn to the courts in hopes of keeping hunting and shooting out of those areas.

    In Arizona, for example, the Wilderness Society, a land-conservation organization, and some other groups have sued the federal government to ban target shooting in the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Environmental groups argue target shooting damages ancient rock art and endangers other visitors.

    Mr. Zinke, however, sees expanding such activities as a way to get more people into the outdoors and interested in conservation.

    His order noted that the number of sport hunters in the U.S. has declined—falling by two million to 11.5 million between 2011 and 2016, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey.

    Hunting advocates said the numbers have fallen, in part, because so many federal lands have been closed off.

    “The more people we can get outdoors, the better things will be for our public lands,” said Mr. Zinke, a former congressman from Montana. “Some of my best memories are hunting deer or reeling in rainbow trout back home in Montana, and I think every American should be able to have that experience.”

    The move is likely to endear Mr. Zinke and the administration to a key Trump constituency of hunters and other sportsmen, who have applauded other recent actions by the interior secretary, including a proposed expansion of hunting and fishing at 10 national wildlife refuges.

    “This order will help ensure sportsmen and women continue to have opportunities for quality recreational experiences on public lands and potentially private lands,” said David Allen, president and chief executive officer of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a hunters’ advocacy group.

    The action comes as the White House continues to study the interior secretary’s recommended changes to some of the 27 land and sea national monuments he reviewed at the president’s request. The changes could involve reducing the size of various protected areas.

    A time hasn’t been set for when the GOP president will act on the review, according to an administration official. The president asked for the review earlier this year after complaining that previous administrations had locked up too much land within national monuments.

    “This announcement is smoke and mirrors designed to distract from the recommendation Secretary Zinke made in secret to lift protections for vast swaths of Western public lands,” the Western Values Project, an environmental group based in Mr. Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Mont., said in a statement.

    Write to Jim Carlton at jim.carlton@wsj.com
     
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    hartfish Elite Refuge Member

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    Great news. Now get ready to watch the left go ballistic.
     
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    @chuam is going to be apoplectic. His head is going to implode.
     
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    Nah, he won't be able to hold that shiz in... It's gonna EXPLODE.
     
  5. Bear

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    Will they let us use AR-15s with drum magazines and titanium tipped bullets to shoot pheasants?
     
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    A pheasant w/ a head shot? :doh

    They way I've been shooting lately - I sure could use a 2 gauge punt gun! :cry
     
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  7. Bear

    Bear Elite Refuge Member

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    Don't feel bad. We had a blind with four guys in it opening day of big ducks. This one big duck came in to the call and literally hovered over the blind like he was looking for a spot to land in it and look for the party that was apparently going on in the blind.

    Anyway four guys open up and empty their shotguns at this duck that couldn't have been higher than 30 or so feet. Not a feather dropped and he just flew off.

    I missed a classic crossing shot on the most beautiful full plume Wood duck one season. We had been calling shots on a slow day and I was up. Stone cold missed him and then the kid beside me dropped him. I've never seen a more perfectly detailed Woodie and the little "stars" on his chest were not blended but almost looked as if they had been painted on by a Lennox ceramic figure detailer.

    Aaargh!!!
     
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    pintail2222 Elite Refuge Member

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    I'm pass shooting doves using Federal 1 1/8 .oz #8s. My god do I suck at shooting doves! It's become almost comical!
     
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    Lead...lead and more lead. I usually shoot behind dove until I force myself to lead and let them fly through the shot string. Got bacon...jalapenos and cheese? :tu
     
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    API Political Action Forum Moderator Flyway Manager

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    I went out last Sunday morning with a cylinder choke thinking the doves were still stupid. That was wrong thinking.
     
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