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#8125483 - 10/03/13 12:09 PM Are National Forest lands closed for hunting?
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Registered: 12/09/11
Posts: 1552
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 12:19 PM Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: 8SNAKE]
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Registered: 06/22/01
Posts: 10874
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 12:29 PM Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: saddlesore]
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Registered: 12/09/11
Posts: 1552
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 01:28 PM Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: 8SNAKE]
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Registered: 02/11/09
Posts: 4955
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 01:38 PM Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: exbiologist]
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Campfire Ranger

Registered: 12/09/11
Posts: 1552
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 01:38 PM Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: exbiologist]
tikkanut Offline
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Registered: 01/30/01
Posts: 4365
Loc: Rural Utah at its best
Nope......not here...general season elk opens the 5th...

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#8125803 - 10/03/13 02:01 PM Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: tikkanut]
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Registered: 03/19/06
Posts: 3781
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 02:41 PM 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 04:00 PM Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: exbiologist]
Alamosa Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 1817
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 - 10/03/13 05:15 PM Re: Are National Forest lands closed for hunting? [Re: Alamosa]
plainview Offline
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Registered: 04/28/06
Posts: 185
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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