Got this this morning from the state via email.
Word from the locals around Missisquoi are that the rangers will be out in force enforcing no trespassing. Parking lots are being blocked and no entrance. A bad day for those who want to get in the refuge
to Hunters and Anglers
The federal government shutdown has some Vermont hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers looking for alternative venues to enjoy their favorite fall activities. At the Silvio Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, both the Nulhegan Basin Division and Putney Mountain Unit have been closed to the public. The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge has also curtailed operations.
Visitors to the headquarters of these federal lands will find shut gates leading into the properties have been closed, and access to public activities such as hunting and fishing have been suspended. A federal agent patrolling the Conte refuge is warning hunters against trespass.
"The federal shutdown hits Vermont during one of the state's busiest seasons for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing," said Patrick Berry, Fish & Wildlife commissioner. "This is a time when rural communities across Vermont really count on the local revenues generated by hunting and fishing activities."
Berry encouraged those whose plans are being compromised by the closures to check the department website WMA Maps... for other wildlife management areas and public lands that offer comparable resources