WPA's back open, not refuges

Discussion in 'Wisconsin Flyway Forum' started by qckaddct, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. qckaddct

    qckaddct Elite Refuge Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    South central, WI
    I received an email from the North Dakota Game and Fish Dept. stating the feds will be opening up WPA starting tomorrow.

    "WPAs Opened to Hunting

    North Dakota?s waterfowl production areas will be open to hunting on the pheasant opener after all.

    The U.S. Fish and WildlifeServiceon Fridayafternoon rescinded itsclosureof WPAs to public access, including hunting and fishing, effective immediately.

    That means the WPAs in North Dakota will be availableto huntersforthestate?s pheasant opener on Saturday, Oct. 12.

    ?The waterfowl production areas are important public lands for hunters,? said North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand. ?Wehavebeen working hard all week toward the goal of having these areas back open by the pheasant opener, and we appreciate Service Director Dan Ashe?s reconsideration of their closure action.?

    The WPAs and national wildlife refugesin North Dakotaand otherstates were closed to public access on Oct. 1 as a result of the federal government shutdown. National wildlife refuges in North Dakota remain closed, however, as today?s action by the Fish and WildlifeServiceonly affectsWPAs."

    I can assume the same goes for Wisconsin, as I also noted Minnesota posted they had WPA's opening, also.

    WIQUACKER Elite Refuge Member

    Oct 19, 2012
    On the outside looking out
    As of yestrrday WPA'snaround horicon marsh were still oisted as closed, but I would hope that has changed. Never assume aanything when dealing with the govt. That being said, I havent heard a shot fired yet this morning.

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