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#6890411 - 09/17/17 09:43 PM Secretary Zinke Signs Order to Expand Public-Land Access
Palehorse Offline
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Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
Good news for public land users!

"Today Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order to support and expand hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the country, as well as to enhance conservation and wildlife-management efforts. The secretarial order, an extension of a previous order that Secretary Zinke issued on his first day in office, seeks to boost the total number of U.S. sportsmen—which has dipped significantly in recent decades—by way of enhancing conservation programs and providing increased access to public lands. Additionally, the order aims to encourage recruitment of youths, veterans, and minority groups as sportsmen, for these communities typically have had low involvement in hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation, according to the Department of the Interior."
“He grouped his last five shots right in the center of the bull’s-eye. Then I showed him my technique of scattering shots randomly around the target because, as I explained, you never know which way the deer might jump just as you pull the trigger.”

#6890989 - 09/18/17 12:37 PM Re: Secretary Zinke Signs Order to Expand Public-Land Access [Re: Palehorse]
jeh7mmmag Offline

Registered: 11/01/04
Posts: 12908
Loc: Colleyville, DFW, TX
Thanks Palehorse.
It really need to be watched closely to see what their intent is. Devil in the details? Lot of hunter groups and advocates still wonder what he is going to do to protect public lands for hunters. Opening it up for cattle, timber, mining, oil is not going to help the public land hunter.

From the bottom of your article:
Interestingly enough, perhaps, in his statement today, Zinke praised the Trump Administration for supporting hunting and fishing on public lands. But the Trump Administration and Secretary Zinke have both incurred harsh criticism for not only reviewing 27 national monuments and likely reducing the size of four of them, but also for ending a coal moratorium on public lands, scrapping stream-protection rules, undoing climate-change policies, and expanding oil and gas development on public land—all of which are typically seen as anti-sportsmen and thus call the administration’s support of sportsmen into question. It remains to be seen whether, and by how much, sportsmen and wildlife will benefit from much today’s order, or whether it is all posturing.
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#6890993 - 09/18/17 12:40 PM Re: Secretary Zinke Signs Order to Expand Public-Land Access [Re: Palehorse]
jeh7mmmag Offline

Registered: 11/01/04
Posts: 12908
Loc: Colleyville, DFW, TX
This Land Was Your Land

Not a pretty picture
The future of hunting and fishing is under attack. States are trying to wrench control of public lands from the federal government in order to drill, mine, sell off, and—ultimately—steal our national sporting heritage. Here’s why public lands must remain in public hands

Kicked Out
Why shouldn’t states take control of federal public lands? This chart shows how states already boot sportsmen off areas they manage. No one knows the terms of future transfers, but if the past is a guide, public hunting and fishing access will be lost



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