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Published September 14, 2009, 11:09 AM

Bowhunters reminded of regulations, etiquette with tree stands

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds bow hunters of two regulation changes involving hunting from tree stands on state wildlife management areas.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds bow hunters of two regulation changes involving hunting from tree stands on state wildlife management areas.

It is important to follow all regulations of the managing agency when using tree stands on public hunting areas. One new regulation requires tree stands left unattended on state Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas to have an identification tag displaying the owner’s name, address and telephone number. This will allow Game and Fish personnel to contact the owner of a tree stand if a conflict should arise, and most likely will deter theft of tree stands on public land.

The other regulation change extends the deadline for removing tree stands from WMAs an additional three weeks to Jan. 31. The archery season has been extended into January in recent years, and this will allow archers plenty of time to remove tree stands.

The Game and Fish Department also recommends that bowhunters check with landowners before erecting or using tree stands on private property; do not use the tree stand of another hunter without that hunter’s permission; and do not remove or tamper with a tree stand without the owner’s or landowner’s permission.

Tree stands are private property, and theft constitutes a criminal violation that should be reported to the local sheriff's department.

Bowhunters are reminded that additional concurrent season deer gun licenses can be used with a bow during the archery season in the designated hunting unit.

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