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#8125483 - 10/03/13 Are National Forest lands closed for hunting?
8SNAKE Offline
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Registered: 12/09/11
Posts: 1694
Loc: SW Missouri
With this gov't shutdown, I've seen a lot of mixed information about what federal land is closed to public access. I'm supposed to be hunting CO Unit 74 next weekend and want to make sure there won't be access problems if the weenies in Washington are still bickering like children.

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#8125508 - 10/03/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: 8SNAKE]
saddlesore Offline
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Registered: 06/22/01
Posts: 11579
Loc: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Closing NF lands in Co would be like trying to close 1/2 the state. Don't think that will happen
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#8125535 - 10/03/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: saddlesore]
8SNAKE Offline
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Registered: 12/09/11
Posts: 1694
Loc: SW Missouri
I didn't think so either, but I'd sure hate to drive out there and find out I was wrong. Closing NF land would also be nearly impossible to enforce.

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#8125690 - 10/03/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: 8SNAKE]
exbiologist Offline
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Registered: 02/11/09
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Loc: Colorado
No, but in a political move, USFWS refuges are shut down for hunting and fishing. Also, many Forest Service and BLM campgrounds are shut down.
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#8125719 - 10/03/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: exbiologist]
8SNAKE Offline
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Registered: 12/09/11
Posts: 1694
Loc: SW Missouri
Thanks. I did see that the Wildlife Refuges were shut down, along with many camp grounds. I'm glad to hear the NF lands are not closed.

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#8125720 - 10/03/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: exbiologist]
tikkanut Offline
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Registered: 01/30/01
Posts: 5140
Loc: Rural Podunk Utah....
Nope......not here...general season elk opens the 5th...

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#8125803 - 10/03/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: tikkanut]
frogman43 Offline
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Registered: 03/20/06
Posts: 4039
Loc: West Michigan
I'm rolling West tonight for Wyoming.....no closure of NF lands that I'm aware of.
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#8125903 - 10/03/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: frogman43]
Mauser_Hunter Offline
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Registered: 09/28/11
Posts: 4195
Loc: Colorado
I called the DOW up yesterday about this. They said if it isn't gated you can go on the land.

This is just for Colorado.
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#8126105 - 10/03/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: exbiologist]
Alamosa Offline
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Registered: 10/06/06
Posts: 1958
Loc: Southern Colorado
Originally Posted By: exbiologist
No, but in a political move, USFWS refuges are shut down for hunting and fishing. Also, many Forest Service and BLM campgrounds are shut down.

Along those lines, you may have heard that the WWII memorial was shut down even though it costs nothing to operate. A similar thing appears to be happening in the San Luis Valley. Saturday is the opening day of waterfowl season. Word is that both federal refuges will be gated. Now there are offices at each refuge, but I've never found anyone occupying them and they are outside the habitat areas anyway. Regulation enforcement in these areas is not done by the USFWS but by the state CPW so it appears this is strictly a political, "Make it Hurt" move.

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#8126308 - 10/04/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: Alamosa]
plainview Offline
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Registered: 04/29/06
Posts: 213
Loc: Occupied Colorado
Think about it. With no employees on the job who would enforce closures.....? Bring bolt cutters or a cordless grinder.
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#8126350 - 10/04/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: plainview]
WyoCoyoteHunter Online   content
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 4380
Loc: Carbon Co. Wyoming
Local paper said hunting would not be a problem of federal lands..

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#8126395 - 10/04/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: WyoCoyoteHunter]
JohnBurns Offline
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Registered: 09/17/09
Posts: 2749
Loc: Wyoming
I heard that Yellowstone was now open for hunting. grin

Would someone check for us??
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#8126423 - 10/04/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: JohnBurns]
Take_a_knee Offline
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Registered: 09/10/09
Posts: 13855
Originally Posted By: JohnBurns
I heard that Yellowstone was now open for hunting. grin



There are a few yellowstone hunting experts out there, I'm sure. That country it way too big for someone not to give a whirl.

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#8126450 - 10/04/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: Take_a_knee]
BrentD Offline
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Registered: 09/20/02
Posts: 11730
Loc: MN, WI, IL, MI, KS, GA, AZ, IA
I wonder how much vandalism, criminal trespass, theft and poaching are taking place and how many are getting caught. Law enforcement folks are generally given the indispensable label.
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#8127601 - 10/04/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: BrentD]
Blackbrush Offline
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Registered: 06/25/07
Posts: 291
Loc: Somewhere down in TX
Sad question.... My federal lands that I pay for in cash today and my forefathers before me paid for in blood are not closed to me nor should they be to you. If you conclude they are closed to you, go play golf with our white president. He's keeping his course open the last I heard.(he's no more white than black or the inverse but most say he's black so I'm just trying to provide balance)

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#8129380 - 10/05/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: Blackbrush]
3584ELK Offline
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Registered: 07/08/05
Posts: 355
Loc: Algona, WA
Originally Posted By: Blackbrush
Sad question.... My federal lands that I pay for in cash today and my forefathers before me paid for in blood are not closed to me nor should they be to you. If you conclude they are closed to you, go play golf with our white president. He's keeping his course open the last I heard.(he's no more white than black or the inverse but most say he's black so I'm just trying to provide balance)


Great post!
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#8129544 - 10/05/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: 3584ELK]
Rock Chuck Online   content
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Registered: 01/05/06
Posts: 29431
Loc: Filer, ID
The only federal lands in Idaho that are closed are those that are maintained, like campgrounds, a few boat docks, etc. All unmaintained land is open and WILL be hunted.
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#8131939 - 10/06/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: plainview]
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Registered: 01/03/10
Posts: 1049
Loc: The Bitteroot
Gonna poach too there plainview? mtmuley

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#8132267 - 10/06/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: mtmuley]
Mohawk Offline
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Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 374
Loc: Texas
My position is even if they claim the National Forest is shut down I'm going anyway. I'm bow hunting deer in the Sam Houston Natl forest now. Like the WW2 Memorial most of the shut downs are total political BS. Obama is going to spend more of our money trying to police the shutdowns than it would cost if they were open.

When they gate the public beach and tell me I cannot access it to fish I go around the gate. I have nothing but respect for private property but Federal lands belong to We The People.

The more of us that show up like the WW2 Vets the harder it is for Obama to shut things down to try to make news. This is our Freakin Country! I'm hunting Natl Forest Tomorrow.

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#8132496 - 10/06/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: Mohawk]
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 14851
Loc: NW NV & Far NW MT
The bassturds closed the few campgrounds for the deer opener here in NV! smirk

The scorn is directed right at the Mulatto dictator, and none at the Republicans who are just trying to put some brakes on this runaway train wreck. There were a lot of well-armed guys ready to open season on the Senate. mad
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#8132649 - 10/06/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: mtmuley]
plainview Offline
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Registered: 04/29/06
Posts: 213
Loc: Occupied Colorado
Originally Posted By: mtmuley
Gonna poach too there plainview? mtmuley


Sigh.

My point was, if there is no one on the job, then who is going to be there to hand you a ticket for accessing a road that was legally open before October 1st? I don't poach. But I have no problem rolling through the Obamanazi's locked gates.
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#8133237 - 10/06/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: plainview]
Bullcamp82834 Offline
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Registered: 03/04/13
Posts: 192
Loc: Buffalo, WY
Originally Posted By: plainview
Originally Posted By: mtmuley
Gonna poach too there plainview? mtmuley


Sigh.

My point was, if there is no one on the job, then who is going to be there to hand you a ticket for accessing a road that was legally open before October 1st? I don't poach. But I have no problem rolling through the Obamanazi's locked gates.


Let's keep our standards high. Regardless of the sickeningly low standards adhered to by our "representatives" in Washington. We start cutting gates during the shutdown and you can bet your last dollar we will soon see dozer piles where the gates used to be.
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#8133295 - 10/06/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: Bullcamp82834]
Whiptail Offline
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Registered: 02/24/10
Posts: 1461
Loc: Austin, TX
Originally Posted By: Bullcamp82834

Let's keep our standards high. Regardless of the sickeningly low standards adhered to by our "representatives" in Washington. We start cutting gates during the shutdown and you can bet your last dollar we will soon see dozer piles where the gates used to be.


I completely agree. Hunting Federal land, like all hunting, is a PRIVILEGE and should be treated as such. I don't like how state permits are distributed for hunting on federal land but I still won't go shoot anything I please. The high road is the right road.
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#8133304 - 10/06/13 Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: plainview]
Mauser_Hunter Offline
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Registered: 09/28/11
Posts: 4195
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: plainview
Originally Posted By: mtmuley
Gonna poach too there plainview? mtmuley


Sigh.

My point was, if there is no one on the job, then who is going to be there to hand you a ticket for accessing a road that was legally open before October 1st? I don't poach. But I have no problem rolling through the Obamanazi's locked gates.


For the record. The Tea party (republicans) shut down the government.
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