Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service: Migratory Bird Hunting; Final Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
GAO-13-82R, Oct 5, 2012
GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior (Interior), Fish and Wildlife Service's new rule on migratory bird hunting. GAO found that (1) the final rule prescribes final late-season frameworks from which states may select season dates, limits, and other options for the 2012-13 migratory bird hunting seasons. The late seasons include most waterfowl seasons, the earliest of which commences on September 22, 2012. The effect of the final rule is to facilitate the states' selection of hunting seasons and to further the annual establishment of the late-season migratory bird hunting regulations; and (2) Interior complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.