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Pheasant Season Opens Oct. 11; Hunters Be Aware of Fire Danger Index

North Dakota's fall hunting activities pick up considerably this weekend
with opening of pheasant season. Because of extreme dry conditions, the
North Dakota Game and Fish Department urges hunters to exercise caution
while in the field.

The 2003 season opens Oct. 11 and continues through Jan. 4, 2004. Limits are
three roosters daily and 12 in possession. Hunting hours are one-half hour
before sunrise to sunset each day. Hunters should refer to the North Dakota
2003-2004 Small Game and Furbearer Guide for regulations.

Hunters are reminded that Private Land Open To Sportsmen acreage and state
wildlife management areas are open to hunting by only resident hunters from
Oct. 11-17. Nonresidents, however, can still hunt those days on other state
and federal lands, or private land.

State game and fish department officials urge hunters to be aware of the
statewide Fire Danger Index, which can restrict hunter activities.

The index is issued by the National Weather Service to alert the public to
conditions that may be conducive to accidental starting or spread of fires.
The Fire Danger Index can change from day to day depending on temperature,
wind and precipitation forecasts.

Hunters should consider carrying in their vehicles shovels, fire
extinguishers, extra water and heavy fabric for putting out fires. Cell
phones are also recommended, and hunters should be prepared and know where
to call to report an emergency.

Information on current Fire Danger Indexes is available through the NWS
internet site at, the game and fish web site at, or your county sheriff's office.
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