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Arkansas elk hunters affected by government shutdown

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PONCA  (AGFC News) The recent shutdown of the federal government has caused some problems with next week's elk hunt.

The first elk season is scheduled for Oct. 7-11 with eight hunters looking for a prize elk.

The problem is two of the hunters in elk zone 1 are hunting on land that is completely within the Buffalo National River. The national river is closed to all activities and will not reopen until there is a resolution in Washington, D.C.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Elk Program Coordinator Wes Wright said that elk zone 1 lies entirely within the national river boundary and includes no other state or federal land open to hunting. "There are two hunters in zone 1. One either-sex and one antlerless permit.  These hunters have been notified about the zone closure and may be postponed until next year's hunt," Wright explained. "If there is a resolution reached over the weekend they are on standby to go hunting next week.  If not, these two hunters will be allowed to come back next year and hunt the same zone and dates."