Date: 6/8/19 4:33 am
From: Thompson, David M. (HSC) <David-Thompson...>
Subject: Public comments open for hunting changes at Wichita Mtns
Am I correct that the proposed waterfowl hunts will last 2 1/2 days and that they are proposing one to four of them? They're not proposing what we think of as a hunting "season." I'm curious if the proposals permit the construction and leasing of permanent or semi-permanent blinds.

Dave Thompson
Oklahoma City
From: okbirds [<OKBIRDS...>] on behalf of Richrd Gunn [<richardgunn1940...>]
Sent: Friday, June 07, 2019 10:22 PM
To: <OKBIRDS...>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: Public comments open for hunting changes at Wichita Mtns

I didn't read the proposal/comments but have seen a few from other sources nationwide--mostly negative. I hope at some point someone mentions the fact that a substantial percentage of the money for obtaining and maintaining NWRs comes from hunter money--either from migratory wildlife stamps or Pittman-Robertson tax on firearms. I have spent many hours hunting on various well-managed NWRs (and have been prohibited from hunting when Whooping Cranes were present.) These include Quivira, Squaw Creek, Bombay Hook, Prime Hook and Valentine NWRs and probably a few that I can't recall. It was an experience that certainly Theodore Roosevelt would have endorsed,enjoyed and appreciated. Hunting for elk and deer is already allowed in the Wichita Mtns and it is a quality experience and consistent with maintaining the carrying capacity of the area. I think that well controlled waterfowl hunting is consistent with the goals of the NWR system.

On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 9:15 PM hope4herefords <hope4herefords...><mailto:<hope4herefords...>> wrote:
There are proposed changes to the hunting seasons and species at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Primarily of note, would be opening up most of the lakes to waterfowl hunting. You can visit their website or Facebook page for details. You can (e)mail your opinions to the address below by July 7, 2019.

Copies of the documents may also be obtained by visiting Refuge Headquarters between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily or by electronic request to <wmr_publiccomment...><mailto:<wmr_publiccomment...>?subject=Public%20Input%20-%20Hunting>. Comments should be mailed to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, 32 Refuge Headquarters, Indiahoma, OK 73552, or sent via email to <wmr_publiccomment...><mailto:<wmr_publiccomment...>?subject=Public%20Input%20-%20Hunting>. In order to be considered, all comments must be received by 11:59 p.m., July 7, 2019.

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