Duluth’s Michael Furtman checked in from North Dakota this week to report that during the government shutdown, all federal Waterfowl Production areas are closed to hunting. He had checked with federal officials in North Dakota to confirm that.
Which is exactly what a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website confirms:
“National Wildlife Refuges will be closed to public access. Visitor centers and other buildings will be closed. All activities will be canceled on federal lands and public buildings until the government reopens. This includes hunting and fishing activities on public lands.”
Waterfowl Production Areas, located throughout the prairies in Minnesota and other states, are generally wetlands or ponds surrounded by grasslands. They’re popular with waterfowl and upland hunters.
But until the shutdown ends, they’re off limits.