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Hunters and anglers wondering how the federal government shut-down will impact them should read the following information compiled by Wildlife Department personnel relating to hunting and fishing on federal properties in Oklahoma:

Hunters participating in a controlled hunt at a federal area will only be contacted if their hunt is being cancelled. If you are not notified of a cancellation, then you should plan on attending your hunt.

The ODWC can not speak on behalf of the federal government regarding closures of properties. However it is our understanding that all US Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges are closed. US Army Corp of Engineer properties that are listed in the hunting or fishing guides as open to hunting or fishing will remain open for public use although campgrounds, federal offices and some boat ramps will be closed. We have heard that the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, is closed to public access. Other federally-owned properties may be closed as well and we will keep you updated as more information is available.

Trout stocking from federal fish hatcheries at lower Illinois River, lower Mountain Fork River and the Blue River may be impacted.

The federal government shut-down will have no impact on recreation at areas owned by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

This is what we know at this point and we will keep you advised if this information changes.

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