Balcones wildlife refuge seeks public input on proposed hunting plan revision

MARBLE FALLS — The Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is seeking public input on a proposed hunting plan revision.

The refuge is a federal reserve just east of Marble Falls.

According to a news release, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the refuge intends to prepare an environmental assessment with the purpose of updating its existing hunting plan and providing additional hunting opportunities for white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, feral hogs and doves on several tracts acquired since the current plan was approved in 1997. The refuge is not adding hunting for any new species.

The plan also will contain provisions for increased access for non-hunting visitors to the Doeskin Ranch area during refuge hunts, according to the release.

Public comments and concerns will be incorporated into a draft environmental assessment for further review.

To provide input, write to Deputy Refuge Manager, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, 24518 FM 1431, Box 1, Marble Falls TX 78654; or email david_maple@fws.gov. Put “EA — Public Input” in the subject line of the email.

Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

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