Shutdown Affects Little For State Hunters

Shutdown Affects Little For State Hunters

The shutdown of the Federal Government may be affecting some services, but is having little affect on hunting and other outdoor activities in Wyoming.

According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the shutdown has had only a minimal affect on access to Federal lands in the state for hunters, fisherman or other outdoor enthusiasts.
There are areas that are closed, but the public is still able to access most public lands in Wyoming.

According to a release from the Game and Fish, all State of Wyoming lands are open and accessible.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service USFS)lands are open to hunting and fishing, although there are closures in developed sites such as campgrounds, and offices and visitor's centers.

Thunder Basin National Grassland is open and accessible.

The National Elk Refuge near Jackson is suspending bison hunting during the shutdown, and all remaining bison hunts in the refuge will be available only if the Federal Government is not in shutdown.
Elk hunting on the refuge that is scheduled to begin October 12th will only be available if the government is not in shutdown status.
Fishing on the refuge, scheduled to be open through October 31st, is also suspended during the shut down.
Refuge Road and Flat Creek Road in the refuge will be open as travel corridors and for access to other Federal lands.

Grand Teton National Park elk hunts scheduled to begin October 19th will only be available if the government is not shut down.

Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area lands owned by the National Park Service are closed with no public access.

Yellowstone National Park has no hunting, but fishing is closed in the park until further notice.

For more information on access to specific areas, contact the Wyoming Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600.

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