BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The government shutdown has led to an end of hunting and fishing on federal properties, but Louisiana officials say state management areas remain open.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said only federal wildlife refuges, preserves and national forest properties in the state are closed.
Deer and small game hunting seasons in the state open this week.
A US Fish and Wildlife Service official said hunting, fishing and other activities are prohibited on all federal properties as part of the shutdown.
Those national properties closed in Louisiana normally also bow hunting, which started Tuesday.
Pon Dixson with the Southeast Louisiana Refuge Complex, which falls under the USFWS, said all gates are locked and enforcement officers are patrolling the areas.
The partial government shutdown went into effect Tuesday. The closures will last until the current stalemate over the budget ends.