Hunters Unite to Access Our Public Land

We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions of American hunters, anglers and conservationists who utilize public lands for hunting and fishing, ask you to please keep these lands open to the public.  Now, more than ever, Americans need to have the ability to access these lands for a variety of reasons, including hunting and fishing to provide food for their families.

We strongly support efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus and believe that social distancing and other measures are important in stopping the spread of this virus. We also share concerns about potential risks to the health and safety of public employees arising from the continued operation of every public park and facility.  Nonetheless, we cannot support the closure of remote parks and public lands during this crisis.   Access to non-developed public lands and recreational areas during this crisis is essential.

Many states and the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture have waived fees to parks and kept access open to millions of acres of public land to encourage distancing in America’s vast wide-open spaces.  Public lands can remain open and still facilitate the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance while also providing a much-needed source of food and recreation for American families.

Closing these areas significantly limits the ability of our nation’s millions of sportsmen and women who take to our woods, waters, and wild lands every year to pursue their passion for the outdoors – an activity that is, at its core, America’s most traditional form of “social distancing.”  Further, given the economic effects of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to allow hunters and anglers access to healthy and inexpensive sources of food to support their families.

For these reasons, we respectfully urge you to immediately open any non-developed public land or fish or wildlife area outside of high-population areas and in compliance with CDC guidance so that Americans can continue to safely hunt, fish and recreate.  We also ask that you keep this in mind when considering any decision to restrict access to public lands or postpone hunting or fishing seasons.

Sincerely,

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    Hunter Nation

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    LandTrust

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Petition in Support of "States Keeping Public Lands Open"

Closure of Non-Developed Public Lands and Recreation Areas is Unaccpatable

Hunter Nation cannot support the closure of remote parks and public lands during this crisis. Access to non-developed public lands and recreational areas during this crisis is essential.

Please take a moment and share your support to keep public lands open.

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Hunter Nation is a grassroots organization please share the petition with friends and fellow hunters

Supporters in Open Public Land for the Public

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    Hunter Nation

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    NRA - National Rifle Association

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    DSC - Dallas Safari Club

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    LandTrust

  • SCI - Safari Club International

    SCI - Safari Club International

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    SFW - Sportsman for Fish & Wildlife

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    Ted Nugent Sunrize Safaris

Individual Sponsors

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    Luke Hilgemann

    President and CEO Hunter Nation

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    Keith Mark

    Co-Founder Hunter Nation

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    Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo

    Illinois residents and Hunter Nation Advisors

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    Ted Nugent

    Hunter Nation Advisory Board Member

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    Don Peay

    Co-Founder Hunter Nation

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    Nic De Castro

    Hunter Nation Advisory Board Member

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Cody Heitschmidt
Director of Special Projects
cody@hunternation.org

A lifelong hunter and a passionate defender of freedom, having served as a Marine sniper earlier in his career. Hunting guide and outfitter and most recently, he helped build several successful start-up companies and has expertise in the fields of technology, sales and marketing, and team dynamics.

Cody working to build out our Grassroots teams in all of our priority states. He will also serve as our lead contact on the Wolf Management project.

Please feel free to reach out to Cody if you are interested in becoming a State Director, District Director or volunteer for Hunter Nation in your state.