The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says so far, the federal government shutdown has had minimal effect on access to lands throughout Wyoming for hunting. Hunting on the National Forest continues although developed sites like campgrounds, offices and visitor centers are closed. Bison hunting on the National Elk Refuge has been suspended during the shutdown and the elk hunt on the refuge which is to begin Saturday will only be available if the shutdown is resolved. Likewise, fishing on the refuge and in both national parks has been suspended. Game and Fish also says the elk hunts scheduled to begin October 19th in parts of Grand Teton National Park is contingent on the shutdown status. Meanwhile, Game and Fish notes that access for hunting and fishing still exists on all state-owned lands.