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Category: federal shutdown
October 11, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Hunters adding to grumbles about federal shutdown

OK, so that's a duck call, not a turkey call. But hunters are among outdoors folks beginning to squawk about the federal government shutdown. (photo by Brent Frazee / McClatchy Newspapers)

OK, so that’s a duck call, not a turkey call. But hunters are among outdoors folks beginning to squawk about the federal government shutdown. (photo by Brent Frazee / McClatchy Newspapers)

You can be sure that Congress is getting itchy when even hunters are squawking about the federal government shutdown.

A release Friday from the National Wild Turkey Federation notes that “countless hunters depend on federal lands for their hunting activities, and the closure of lands controlled by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies is placing an unfair burden on sportsmen.”

National parks don’t actually allow hunting, but we’ll let that go by for now.

The group raises an issue that is confronting outdoors folk of every ilk:

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October 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Recreation, economic blues as federal lands stay closed

 

At Olympic National Park, a gate blocks access to the park's Elwha  Valley near Port Angeles. Park roads are closed because of the federal government shutdown.

At Olympic National Park, a gate blocks access to the park’s Elwha Valley near Port Angeles. Park roads are closed because of the federal government shutdown. (AP/Keith Thorpe)

 

Washington’s national-park  gems — Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades — remain closed, thanks to the federal shutdown. Locals can, with some effort and confusion, figure out other places to go for scenic drives, hikes and other recreation.

But for out-of-state and foreign visitors, the national-park closures are ruining long-planned trips and have local businesses near the parks worried about lingering economic impacts.

“People come from China, Germany, everywhere to see Mount Rainier,” said

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