Hunters are part of the system.
In the United States, more than 150 million acres of protected National Wildlife Refuge are supported by hunting. This extensive system exists primarily to safeguard wildlife populations through habitat conservation. While that purpose might initially seem inconsistent with hunting, habitat that supports healthy wildlife populations normally produces harvestable surpluses.
Hunting is a traditional use of the renewable natural resources preserved in the refuge system. The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s policies allow for hunting that supports this shared American treasure and helps maintain the health of its diverse habitats.