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Published March 11, 2011, 02:39 AM

ND House looks at regulating fenced hunting

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota ranchers who run fenced hunting operations want new regulations on their business.

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota ranchers who run fenced hunting operations want new regulations on their business.

The North Dakota House is reviewing a bill that would require a $300 yearly permit for the ranches. Supporters say it would let officials keep track of how many fenced hunting ranches are operating in the state.

Ranch owners say they offer fair-chase hunting, which means the animal has a chance to get away. The bill says hunting grounds must be at least 160 acres and give animals a chance to elude hunters.

Critics petitioned to ban fenced hunting last year. They say it's unethical, but voters rejected the proposed ban.

The Senate approved the bill last month. The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee took no action on it Thursday.

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