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Old 06-17-2019, 08:34 AM
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Git-R-Done: Trump opens 1.4 million federal acres to hunters, anglers

by Paul Bedard June 17, 2019 08:18 AM

President Trump isn’t much of an outdoorsman, aside from golf.

But maybe more than any president since Teddy Roosevelt he understands the importance of others getting outside to boat, hunt, fish, shoot, and hike and their demands for access to federal lands and waterways.

“He’s basically said, ‘Git-R-Done,'” said Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who is spearheading the opening of 1.4 million acres and elimination of 7,500 regulations limiting access.

“The president fundamentally gets that hunters and anglers are the true conservationists in our society. He understands that history and that we need to act in efforts to expand hunting and fishing while at the same time being respectful of private land rights, respectful of state law,” added Bernhardt.

The campaign to open access to the outdoors is a personal one for Bernhardt. In an interview he said that living next to federal land as a kid in western Colorado helped shaped his life.

“Having those opportunities to succeed and fail made me more confident and made me more willing to accept challenges,” said Bernhardt. “If I lived somewhere where my parents had to drive 300 miles for me to hunt or fish, it wouldn’t have happened at all, though that might have been a lot better for my grades."

When he had young children in his first tour at Interior under former President George W. Bush, then-Secretary Dirk Kempthorne advised him to get a boat.

“He said, ‘You need to get a boat. The great thing about a boat, if you get your kids on one, even if they are with their friends, they’re stuck with you,'” Bernhardt recalled. And now, he added, his kids are hooked on the outdoors. “Exposure matters,” said the secretary, whose office sports a huge moose skull and antlers from an Alaska hunt.

First under former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and now as the nation’s top outdoorsman, Bernhardt has been implementing rules to expand access at lightning speed.

As part of that effort, Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service established 10 “hunting and fishing chiefs” that have scoured every single federal property to find opportunities to expand access.

This month, Bernhardt announced a proposal to open 1.4 million more acres to hunting and fishing at 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries. After a public comment period, he hopes to have the land open in time for the September dove season.
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Like him or hate him, this is good for hunters and fishermen. However I understand our resident LIBs and Union Hacks won't see it that way but I don't think many of those members actually hold valid licenses in the first place.
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Like him or hate him, this is good for hunters and fishermen. However I understand our resident LIBs and Union Hacks won't see it that way but I don't think many of those members actually hold valid licenses in the first place.
I liked him already, but this IS great news.

As if I needed ANOTHER reason to vote to RE-elect him.
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Sounds awesome!!! An excellent way to help get kids outdoors, instead on watching TV or on their computers or iPhones or whatever..... Win-Win!!!
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