SALT PLAINS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE — Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is updating the hunt plan to include turkey hunting, adding coot to waterfowl hunting, adding dove species and adding the incidental take of feral hog and beaver during any authorized refuge hunts.

The public is being invited to provide comments and feedback on the hunt plan and environmental assessment.

The purpose of the proposed hunt plan is to provide quality opportunities for wild turkey hunting, to add American coots, rock, Eurasian and white-winged dove to the allowable species hunted in the public hunting area, and to allow the incidental harvest of beavers and feral hogs. Adding coots and the dove species more closely aligns the refuge with statewide regulations. The refuge wants to prevent introduction and spread of pest species (feral hogs) on refuge lands, and to reduce/prevent further habitat and infrastructure degradation by beaver and feral hogs.

Comments collected during this period will be incorporated to the extent practicable. The draft hunt plan documents, once completed, will be provided to the public for further review and comment.

The public is encouraged to provide input by writing to: Refuge Manager, Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, 71189 Harper Rd, Jet OK 73749; or by e-mail to shane_kasson@fws.gov. Put “Scoping Public Input - Hunting” in the subject line of the email.

Comments will be accepted until July 17.