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ND hunters reminded about bait, archery season opening, PLOTS guide

From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department

-- Agencies Prohibit Hunting over Bait

North Dakota hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on all state owned or managed wildlife management areas, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, U.S. Forest Service national grasslands, and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands.

In addition, the governor's proclamation relating to chronic wasting disease includes a provision that prohibits hunting big game over bait on both public and private land in deer Unit 3F2, where a deer carrying CWD was harvested last fall.

Hunting over bait is defined as the placement and/or use of baits for attracting big game and other wildlife to a specific location for the purpose of hunting.

Baits include but are not limited to grains, minerals, salts, fruits, vegetables, hay or any other natural or manufactured foods. It does not apply to the use of scents and lures, water, food plots, standing crops or livestock feeds being used in standard practices.

Deer archery season opens Sept. 3

North Dakota's deer archery season opens Sept. 3 at noon. Bowhunters are reminded additional concurrent season antlerless deer gun licenses can be used with a bow during the archery season in the designated hunting unit.

Bowhunters must follow all regulations of the managing agency when using tree stands on public hunting areas, including displaying the owner's name, address and telephone number on tree stands left unattended on North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas.

The Department annually receives inquiries from bowhunters regarding tree stands that are stolen, moved or tampered with. Tree stands are private property and theft constitutes a criminal violation that should be reported to the local sheriff's department.

Bowhunters are also reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on both public and private land in deer Unit 3F2, where a deer carrying chronic wasting disease was harvested last fall.

The archery season is open through Jan. 2, 2011. Hunters should refer to the 2010 deer hunting guide for season information and regulations.

PLOTS guide available online, at vendors in early September

The NDGF  Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide is available online at PLOTS Guides will also be available at most license vendors throughout the state in early September.

The guide features about 1 million PLOTS acres, a level reached in 2007 and maintained each year since.

Because the guide is printed in August and distributed in early September, some PLOTS tracts highlighted in the guide may have been removed from the program since the time of printing. There will also be some PLOTS tracts that will remain in the program, but the habitat and condition of the tracts will have changed significantly. Conversely, Game and Fish may have added new tracts to the program after the guide went to press.

To minimize possible confusion, Game and Fish will update PLOTS map sheets weekly on its website. Vendors where guides are available are also on the website.

The PLOTS Guide features maps highlighting these walk-in areas, identified in the field by inverted triangular yellow signs, as well as other public lands.

The guides are free, and available at county auditor offices and license vendors in the state,  at the FGD Bismarck office, and  district offices in Riverdale, Harvey (Lonetree), Williston, Dickinson, Jamestown and Devils Lake.  The guides are not available to mail.

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