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The veteran's hunt is just one example of the work by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to promote outdoor opportunities of all types, including hunting, fishing and recreational opportunities on public lands. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS

Veterans Discover Tranquility in Nature

December 10, 2019

"Being injured, I didn't know how I was going to go about living my life besides raising my kids and being at home. Being introduced to the outdoor sports is incredible. ... Being outdoors, I believe, is the best therapy you can get," says U.S. Army veteran Sal Trujillo. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners from the Washington Waterfowl Association's Lower Columbia Chapter and The Fallen Outdoors introduced 20 new and notice veterans to waterfowl hunting at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Veterans Hunt.

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Two toms vie for hens’ attention at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois.

Two toms vie for hens’ attention at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois. Credit: Jim Osborn

Wild Facts About Wild Turkeys

November 26, 2019

Amuse your guests this Thanksgiving with these offbeat wild turkey facts. 

Fact #1: Turkeys Do More Than Gobble »

Northern pintails in flight

Northern pintails in flight Credit: J. Kelly/USFWS

Service Improves Permit Application System

November 25, 2019

In an effort to simplify, expedite and improve the permit application process, the public can now apply, and pay for, certain U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permits online. Prior to developing an electronic permitting system, applicants had to apply for permits through mail with paper checks. The new system will allow users to apply, and pay for, certain international affairs and migratory birds permits through a user-friendly database and pay.gov, a secure electronic payment system. 

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