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More than a thousand hunters who were supposed to be part of a special quota hunt on federal land later this month got some bad news on Thursday.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) broke the news that the deer hunt at the Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area scheduled for October 19-20 was canceled as a result of the federal government shutdown.

Earlier this week, U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Operations began scaling back, they call it "an orderly shutdown in support of obtaining a safe and secure status."

TWRA says 1,125 hunters had been selected via a lottery system for the hunt. Any fees they paid to participate are non-refundable. There are two more deer hunts scheduled in November and December, but no decision has been made about them yet.

Hunters may contact the Oak Ridge WMA check station on Saturday, October 12, at (865) 576-2380 from 7 a.m. EST until noon. For any additional questions concerning the cancelation, contact the TWRA Region III Office at (931) 484-9571.

TWRA will announce how the priority point totals will be handled as soon as a decision has been made.

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