Shutdown Curtails Hunting And Fishing On Federal Lands

Shutdown Curtails Hunting And Fishing On Federal Lands

The federal government shutdown is affecting fishing and hunting on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - The federal government shutdown is affecting fishing and hunting on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife (USFWS) Refuges and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) is reminding anglers, hunters, hikers, campers and others that the federal shutdown could change their plans. 
 
AGFC Director Mike Knoedl said the federal government shutdown could influence people’s outdoor recreation plans in Arkansas. “If you’re heading for federal wildlife refuges to scout, hunt or fish, that activity is prohibited,” Knoedl said. “Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lands will remain open and our officers will be on duty,” he added. 
 
USFWS land and facilities are closed due to the lapse in appropriation for 2014. Click here for more information on the shutdown. http://www.doi.gov/shutdown/index.cfm
 
If there is not a resolution before next week, there will be no hunting allowed within the Buffalo National River boundary. That could possibly affect the elk hunt for next week. 
 
Gates to all U.S. Forest Service use areas will be locked where applicable and use areas will be closed. However, the forests will remain open to public recreation. 
 
Knoedl said boat ramps may also be closed, which impacts access to Corps lakes. “Closures may include visitor centers and gates on all access points,” he said. Wildlife management areas leased by the AGFC on Corps property will be open and managed by the AGFC. Boat launch ramps inside Corps campgrounds will be inaccessible. All other launch ramps will be open. 
 
Before heading out to your favorite Arkansas Corps lake, click here or call (501) 324-5551 to find out about public access.
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