Hunters wonder what shutdown means for start of duck season

SEATTLE - Duck hunting season may get off to a slow start in Washington as a number of prime hunting grounds have been forced to close due to the partial government shutdown.

According to a recent story by KPLU, the popular Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is one such area.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced public access is closed to all National Wildlife Refuges following news of the shutdown.

Duck season is scheduled to get underway Oct. 12 for much of Washington.

Several hunters told KPLU, closing the national refuges will only cause more crowding on state hunting grounds.

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