Keen hunter and outdoorsman Donald Trump Jr. is encouraging hunters and lovers of the outdoors to vote for his father in the upcoming presidential election. In a video posted on Twitter Wednesday, Trump Jr. pointed to measures taken by the Trump administration to open up public lands for hunters and sportspeople.
"Make sure you recognize what's actually gone on," the president's eldest son said. "Make sure that you realize that Donald Trump has delivered for you."
The Trump administration has introduced measures to open up public lands and waterbodies to hunting, fishing, and other outdoor pursuits.
In his video message, Donald Trump Jr. spoke of what he called the "4.1 million new acres of public land made accessible by this administration—$900 million of new lands purchased for the same purpose."
Support From Hunters, ConservationistsThe Trump administration's moves to open up public lands to hunters and outdoorsmen has received support from several politicians, as well as gun-ownership, hunting, and conservation organizations.
“No one in modern history has done more than the Trump Administration to provide America's sportsmen and women with greater opportunities to enjoy the outdoors,” said the National Rifle Association’s Erica Tergeson.
“Unlocking federal lands and waters to hunting, fishing, and other activities gives Americans more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and boosts economic activity," said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in August. "I applaud the Trump administration’s actions to expand recreational opportunities on federal lands.”
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) said he supported the administration's actions. “I applaud President Trump and the Administration for their strong commitment to increasing recreational access on public lands," he said. "I grew up hunting and fishing with my dad and I did the same with my children.”
“The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) applauds the Department of the Interior’s efforts to expand access for regulated hunting and fishing opportunities within the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Fish Hatchery System," said AFWA President Ed Carter.
"In partnership with state fish and wildlife agencies, we are working to create great opportunities for people to get outside to enjoy the lands and waters, and fish and wildlife resources, of our great nation. With the concerted effort between the states and the federal properties to mesh regulations and seasons, it will become easier than ever for the public to enjoy these very special places.”
CriticismThe Trump administration has come in for criticism in recent months, however, for introducing a rule that eased restrictions on taking wolf pups and bear cubs during hunting in Alaska.
In addition, the group says, Trump's proposed 2021 budget would slash funding for national parks and the Environmental Protection Agency, while the administration's efforts to reduce red tape will result in the approval of mining and oil and gas drilling in sensitive areas.