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September doe season unlikely next year in northeastern N.D.

The state Game and Fish Department probably won't offer an early September doe season next year in northeastern North Dakota, officials said this week.

The state Game and Fish Department probably won't offer an early September doe season next year in northeastern North Dakota, officials said this week.

Game and Fish has offered the early doe season in units 2C and 2D the past two years in an effort to lower deer populations and reduce the risk of deer contracting bovine tuberculosis, a contagious respiratory disease that has afflicted a small number of deer in parts of northwestern Minnesota but has not been found in North Dakota.

Hunter complaints about poor hunting this fall suggest deer populations in northeastern North Dakota now are in check.

"I seriously doubt we'll be going with the September doe season next year," Randy Kreil, wildlife division chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, said Monday night in Grand Forks during the department's fall advisory board meeting for northeastern North Dakota. "It's not a tool we'll use every year."

As one unhappy hunter put it, "The September season stinks."

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In other news from the Advisory Board meeting:

- Greg Power, fisheries chief, said the department is looking to implement a regulation in the 2010-2012 fishing proclamation that would require anglers to drain their livewells upon leaving a boat ramp. The proposal, which aims to thwart the introduction of aquatic nuisance species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian milfoil, would require anglers to keep fish on ice upon leaving the boat ramp, instead. "We're really trying to ramp up information and education" about ANS, Power said. "There's a lot of nasty stuff as you go points east of here. We just don't want it in our waters." If approved by Gov. John Hoeven as part of the fishing proclamation, the regulation would take effect April 1.

- Power said the Game and Fish Department continues to make progress on efforts to install a permanent barrier to keep carp from crossing a small creek in the Pembina River watershed near Langdon, N.D., into the Devils Lake watershed. The state now has secured easements from all but one landowner to raise the road grade that would provide the barrier, and Power said he hopes the work can occur next spring. "It's a small project," he said. Right now, the only thing keeping carp from crossing the divide is a thick area of cattails and a chemical deterrent Game and Fish uses to keep the rough fish at bay.

- The Grand Forks County Wildlife Federation presented Gary Rankin, district game warden in Larimore, N.D., with its Conservationist of the Year award. Rankin has been stationed in Larimore since joining the department in 1977 and was named the state's top wildlife officer in 1987. The Grand Forks wildlife club hosted the local advisory board meeting.

Dokken reports on outdoors. Reach him at (701) 780-1148; (800) 477-6572, ext. 148; or send e-mail to bdokken@gfherald.com .

Related Topics: HUNTING
Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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