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Associated Press, Published August 09 2013

4,020 licenses for this year's ND fall turkey hunt

BISMARCK — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is making 4,020 hunting licenses available for the fall wild turkey season, 125 fewer than last year.

The slight decrease is a result of four years of poor turkey production, according to Stan Kohn, the department's upland game management supervisor.

"The decrease in the number of licenses is consistent with our management strategy of reducing licenses when the population warrants protection or when turkey numbers have fallen below normal levels within a unit," he said.

Hunting Unit 21 in Hettinger and Adams counties and Unit 53 in Divide and Williams counties will remain closed to hunting this year because of low turkey numbers.

This year's season will include special bow hunts in Bismarck and Fargo to reduce turkey numbers in those cities, along with experimental hunting at the federal Northern Great Plains Research Lab near Mandan and experimental bow hunting on state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation land south of Bismarck.

Online and paper license applications will be available in mid-August. The deadline for hunters to apply is Sept. 4. Only resident hunters can apply for the first license lottery. Nonresidents can apply for any licenses that are available after the initial lottery.

The season begins Oct. 12 and runs through next Jan. 5.