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Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby agengo02 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:16 pm

Is anyone else concerned about having all the NWRs closed during this government posture session? Corps lakes, national forests, etc?

I just haven't seen much talk about it on these forums and it looks like it can potentially effect us quite a bit. Go to any NWRs website, just a canned message about the site being down while the shutdown is going on or something.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby Mojo281 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:32 am

Well there won't be any federal game wardens out to stop you from hunting them... Lol!!
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby Pouledeau » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:14 pm

:biggrin:

Yeah. Actually I read this morning that this has been a huge issue out of state thus far - NO HUNTING. Period. End of story, but in the state of Texas everything is up and running - I've not checked on that personally, but the article I read about all the out of state stuff being closed was in Wildfowl Mag. online this morning.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby :-) » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:45 pm

They'll be up and running again next week...unfortunately!
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby agengo02 » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:15 am

The state WMAs should be open as usual, just the NWRs won't be. Pretty much anything that has a gate is locked with a big poster attached to the front saying they are closed blah blah blah.

That will really piss me off if they stay closed until big duck season.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby MarkM » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:34 am

agengo02 wrote:The state WMAs should be open as usual, just the NWRs won't be. Pretty much anything that has a gate is locked with a big poster attached to the front saying they are closed blah blah blah.

That will really piss me off if they stay closed until big duck season.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Workforce-24 ... k2AY5GcrSM

Those should take care of your problem.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby agengo02 » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:00 am

Just ran across this:

http://www.doi.gov/shutdown/fy2014/upload/BLM-FAQ.pdf

Parts relevant to us:

"Will I be able to visit BLM-managed public lands?
All recreation facilities, including campgrounds, boat ramps etc., will be closed. If it is a nondeveloped recreational destination with no controlled access, you may visit. However, there will
be no services and there will no non-emergency services available.

May I hunt or fish on public lands?
Yes, consistent with State law."
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby Crazy Matt » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:30 pm

MarkM wrote:
agengo02 wrote:The state WMAs should be open as usual, just the NWRs won't be. Pretty much anything that has a gate is locked with a big poster attached to the front saying they are closed blah blah blah.

That will really piss me off if they stay closed until big duck season.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Workforce-24 ... k2AY5GcrSM

Those should take care of your problem.


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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby Crazy Matt » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:30 pm

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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby MarkM » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:39 pm

:lol3: :lol3: :lol3:
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby whistlin_wings » Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:08 pm

Anything run by the corp is shut down. The lakes near me have all gates locked or concrete barricades so there is no access to campsites, boat ramps, or land in walking distance. Although there are some public spots where you park on the road and just walk through a small opening in the fence not sure if it's legal to hunt or not.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby MarkM » Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:09 pm

whistlin_wings wrote:Anything run by the corp is shut down. The lakes near me have all gates locked or concrete barricades so there is no access to campsites, boat ramps, or land in walking distance. Although there are some public spots where you park on the road and just walk through a small opening in the fence not sure if it's legal to hunt or not.

Show me where and I will let you know if it is.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby Crazy Matt » Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:12 pm

MarkM wrote:
whistlin_wings wrote:Anything run by the corp is shut down. The lakes near me have all gates locked or concrete barricades so there is no access to campsites, boat ramps, or land in walking distance. Although there are some public spots where you park on the road and just walk through a small opening in the fence not sure if it's legal to hunt or not.

Show me where and I will let you know if it is.


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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby MarkM » Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:28 pm

Crazy Matt wrote:
MarkM wrote:
whistlin_wings wrote:Anything run by the corp is shut down. The lakes near me have all gates locked or concrete barricades so there is no access to campsites, boat ramps, or land in walking distance. Although there are some public spots where you park on the road and just walk through a small opening in the fence not sure if it's legal to hunt or not.

Show me where and I will let you know if it is.


Buncha poachers, all of yuh.

Isn't poaching if you get caught. No green jeans = no laws.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby whistlin_wings » Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:26 pm

MarkM wrote:
Crazy Matt wrote:
MarkM wrote:
whistlin_wings wrote:Anything run by the corp is shut down. The lakes near me have all gates locked or concrete barricades so there is no access to campsites, boat ramps, or land in walking distance. Although there are some public spots where you park on the road and just walk through a small opening in the fence not sure if it's legal to hunt or not.

Show me where and I will let you know if it is.


Buncha poachers, all of yuh.

Isn't poaching if you get caught. No green jeans = no laws.

no laws=no rules=no pants
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby MarkM » Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:33 pm

whistlin_wings wrote:
MarkM wrote:
Crazy Matt wrote:
MarkM wrote:
whistlin_wings wrote:Anything run by the corp is shut down. The lakes near me have all gates locked or concrete barricades so there is no access to campsites, boat ramps, or land in walking distance. Although there are some public spots where you park on the road and just walk through a small opening in the fence not sure if it's legal to hunt or not.

Show me where and I will let you know if it is.


Buncha poachers, all of yuh.

Isn't poaching if you get caught. No green jeans = no laws.

no laws=no rules=no pants

Just watch for small mesquites and thorn bushes.

And I am not hunting with you.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby webfootbecker » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:52 am

I agree. The access gates near my home have also been locked all week. However, there have been trucks parked just outside them. Apparently, guys are just walking in. My guess is that this is totally legal. There is nothing on any ACOE website that would lead me to believe anything else. And, of course, no one is available to answer any phone calls. This could present a problem for duck season though if it drags on. Again, I am new to this state, but it seems as though the ACOE has control over most of the boat ramps.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby MarkM » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:55 am

webfootbecker wrote:I agree. The access gates near my home have also been locked all week. However, there have been trucks parked just outside them. Apparently, guys are just walking in. My guess is that this is totally legal. There is nothing on any ACOE website that would lead me to believe anything else. And, of course, no one is available to answer any phone calls. This could present a problem for duck season though if it drags on. Again, I am new to this state, but it seems as though the ACOE has control over most of the boat ramps.

It is illegal to be on the land I believe.

Only legal public hunting you could do right now would be on the rivers near you or any lakes that allow it.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby agengo02 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:02 am

MarkM wrote:
webfootbecker wrote:I agree. The access gates near my home have also been locked all week. However, there have been trucks parked just outside them. Apparently, guys are just walking in. My guess is that this is totally legal. There is nothing on any ACOE website that would lead me to believe anything else. And, of course, no one is available to answer any phone calls. This could present a problem for duck season though if it drags on. Again, I am new to this state, but it seems as though the ACOE has control over most of the boat ramps.

It is illegal to be on the land I believe.

Only legal public hunting you could do right now would be on the rivers near you or any lakes that allow it.



Read my post from above and check out the link. I read it as (and based off what I have seen driving around) if it has the ability to be gated off, it will be locked with a poster talking about closed access blah blah blah. If there is no CONTROLLED ACCESS you can hunt/fish consistent with state law. So maybe the Corps ramps will be closed, but the others should be open for business.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby :-) » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:04 am

whistlin_wings wrote:Anything run by the corp is shut down. The lakes near me have all gates locked or concrete barricades so there is no access to campsites, boat ramps, or land in walking distance. Although there are some public spots where you park on the road and just walk through a small opening in the fence not sure if it's legal to hunt or not.


To me that's total BS...they are doing that to prove a point! I say f**kem all. I hope it stays like this from now on.

BTW...feel free to open the gates and remove the barricades. What can they do about it? Nothing!
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby Indiancreekducks87 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:21 am

GW says go for it.... I'm gonna do some squirrel hunting this weekend so I will let y'all know. I have my permit for the corps property I'm hunting, GW isn't gonna write me up for it, the corps rangers are MIA, and there are no signs posted at the walk throughs and parking area. Plus the website doesn't say anything about not hunting.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby tako1972 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:38 pm

Here is what TPWD left on my Facebook message, I encourage others to talk to someone official in spite of your best guesses :

Texas Parks and Wildlife Yes. Texas Parks and Wildlife is not affected by the federal government shutdown at this time. State parks and state Wildlife Management Areas are open.

Texas public hunters will have access to most U.S. Forest Service lands. Regional and field U.S. Forest Service Offices will be closed during the shutdown. Some developed U.S. recreational sites could also be closed.

Texas Game Wardens will still be enforcing hunting, fishing, and public hunt regulations.
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Re: Shutdown closing hunting areas

Postby Barney#1 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:09 am

Here some more info about Texas state parks which some are connected to areas on the APH. If anyone is still worried.
Thank God Texas is some what independent. We are cut back some but still have places to go hunt.

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/r ... =20131010a
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