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Associated Press, Published June 15 2012

ND fall turkey season will have fewer licenses

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is making 4,145 licenses available for the fall turkey hunting season, a drop of 10 percent from 2011.

Upland Game Management Supervisor Stan Kohn says the turkey population has declined since 2008. He says even though last winter was mild, officials don't know what turkey production will be like. He says if it is "exceptionally good," an additional 1,300 licenses might be made available in specific hunting units.

An experimental hunting season will continue at the federal Northern Great Plains Research Lab at Mandan. Up to 30 licenses will be available. An experimental turkey bow hunting season also will continue in the city limits of Bismarck to help reduce a growing population of turkeys in residential areas. Up to 25 licenses will be available.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.