— Georgia’s hunt and fishing industry is under threat.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday issued a new federal ban on hunting and fishing in public lands that has been in place since 2005.
The ban will expire July 1.
“We want to make sure that our hunting and angling public lands remain open for the public to use, enjoy and be part of the natural environment,” Fish and Game Secretary Dan Ashe said in a statement.
Ashe’s agency said it has been monitoring the ban and has notified landowners that it will not renew the permits.
The rule was issued by the Fish and the Wildlife Service, a federal agency, and is a result of a lawsuit filed in November by the National Wildlife Federation, a nonprofit environmental group.
The group said the agency has ignored state and federal laws that protect hunting and fishery resources in the public lands.
The Fish and The Wildlife Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The agency said the ban will not be retroactive and will not affect existing hunting and trapping licenses issued before July 1, 2020.
The agency said that will allow the public access to the federal lands for hunting and other purposes.
The ban will apply to hunting and shooting in public land and public lands for fishing and trapping.
Hunters and anglers are allowed to use federal land and waters for hunting or fishing but not for trapping.
A hunter can use an area in federal land or waters to fish or trap but cannot take in bait or baits.
The restriction applies to federal land, lakes, waters and areas in the national forests, the state parks, parks in federal lands and in some areas designated for recreation.
Hunting and fishing licenses are issued by a private agency, the Bureau of Land Management, with the exception of state parks.
Hunts and fishing fees are based on weight of bait and the catch.
They also are determined by the type of species involved and by location.
The fee is based on the average catch for the previous year.
Hunter licenses are valid for one year.
A hunter may hunt for a single species, such as the common red-tailed hawk, in the continental United States.
A trap is used to capture baitfish or other small fish.
A license holder may hunt up to 50 fish or more, or one trap per year.
An individual who hunts more than 50 fish per year may have to pay a $100 license fee.
Hunted fish are not allowed on federal lands except for the national forest system, lakes and ponds, or in federally designated recreational areas.
Trap fees for a trap are based upon the type and size of fish caught.
Hunters must pay a catch fee based on their catch weight.
Tent and vehicle rules are based at the state level and apply to fishing and hunting.
The bureau is also reviewing how it regulates fishing in the country’s largest rivers.
A fish trap is required for fishing in federally protected areas of the Mississippi River and Grand Teton River.
A fisherman may also bring bait and baitfish into federal lands, lakes or ponds, subject to restrictions.
A fishing license holder must meet the standards set by the bureau.
The department’s new rules come as a result in a lawsuit brought by the Federation of American Hunting Associations (FAAHAA).
The federation said the rule violates the constitutional rights of the American public.
In a court filing, the group said it will file a class action lawsuit seeking to block the rule.
The suit was filed on behalf of about 50,000 people.
The federation said it is also seeking to ban hunting and fish in federal waters, a proposal that could require a federal court to weigh in.
The National Wildlife Foundation (NWF), a nonprofit group, filed a similar lawsuit in April, claiming the new rule infringes on the constitutional right to hunt.
The NWF, which advocates for hunting in public waters, called the new rules a “major victory” for the rights of hunters.
The groups lawsuit seeks to block all new rules on hunting in federal public lands, including the new ban on public hunting.
The ruling could affect more than 2 million acres of federal land in the U.s.
The federation is also challenging the constitutionality of the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) hunting and fishing permit program, saying it violates the rights to free speech and association.
The new rules could also impact hunting on state and tribal lands.
In December, a Georgia federal judge ruled the state was not violating the U,S.
Constitution’s First Amendment right to free association, as long as it did not limit hunting to the state.