Hunting And Fishing Groups Are Starting To Turn On Trump’s Interior Secretary

When President Donald Trump tapped Ryan Zinke — an avid hunter, Republican Montana congressman, “unapologetic admirer and disciple” of President Theodore Roosevelt and former Navy SEAL — to lead the Interior Department, hunting and fishing groups around the country rejoiced.

Ducks Unlimited applauded Zinke as “a smart choice” to lead an agency that manages some 500 million acres of federal land ― roughly one-fifth of the United States — including 59 national parks. Zinke “understands the importance of public lands” and has shown himself to be “a potential ally of sportsmen and other outdoor recreationists,” noted Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

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