Arkansas elk hunters affected by government shutdown

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."