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Associated Press, Published October 15 2010

Jaeger says North Dakota fenced hunting measure flaw not fatal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Secretary of State Al Jaeger says a flaw in a proposed ban on fenced hunting wasn't enough to keep the idea off the ballot.

The proposal is aimed at North Dakota ranches that raise deer and elk in fenced areas and allow people to shoot them for a fee. Opponents of the practice say that's unethical. Measure 2 would ban fenced hunting.

The measure's opponents say the initiative wasn't written correctly. They say its language should have been underlined on the petition itself, and it was not.

Jaeger agrees the language should have been underlined. But he says it's clear what the measure is about.

The Republican secretary of state is running for re-election. Democratic opponent Corey Mock says the mistake is more evidence of Jaeger's sloppiness.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.