Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge Proposes Changes to Hunting Program

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Hunting on national wildlife refuges is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. Today, more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting across the country. Here in the southeast, national wildlife refuges are a huge part of this tradition. We welcome sportswomen and men of all backgrounds and abilities to experience challenging hunting in amazing places.

The Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s hunting program and is seeking public comment on the changes.

The proposed changes include a Spring youth-only turkey hunt.

You are invited to review draft documents related to these changes, including the Draft Hunting Plan, Environmental Assessment, and Draft Compatibility Determination. The documents are available at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/ace_basin/ beginning April 15, 2020. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

The deadline for comments on the Proposed Action is 60 days following the publication of the rule in the Federal Register, which is anticipated to publish in mid to late April 2021. To ensure consideration of your comments in the development of a final decision on this action, please submit your comments prior to this date. We will update the comment deadline on this site following the Federal Register publication.

Please submit your written comments to the refuge by mail at P.O. Box 848, 8675 Willtown Road, Hollywood, South Carolina 29449 or by email at laura_housh@fws.gov.

Across the country, national wildlife refuges work closely with state agencies, Tribes, and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing where it is compatible with refuge purposes. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws/gov.

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