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Kyle Potter, Published September 10 2013

Fargo's in-town turkey hunt pushed back to October

FARGO – Bad news for those raring to bowhunt turkeys in town this weekend: Due to state regulations, the start of the season has been delayed to Oct. 12.

Miscommunication between the city and the state’s Game and Fish Department led city officials to schedule a season start date – just before sunrise on Saturday – earlier than the state department allows, said Fargo police Lt. Gene Anderson.

Per Game and Fish Department regulations, the in-town turkey season will begin 30 minutes before sunrise on Oct. 12 and end at sunset Jan. 31.

Anderson, who oversees the police’s wildlife management program, said the city will send out notices to those hunters who had already acquired permits that they’ll have to wait another month for the hunt.

The City Commission will also have to amend the resolution, passed in late June, which approved the season with an earlier start date.

The state has issued 36 of the 45 turkey hunt permits available in Fargo, according to the Game and Fish Department. It has received 45 applications.

After turkeys took over north Fargo last winter, the city changed its in-town deer hunting ordinance in June to provide for 45 turkey hunt permits along the Red River – 25 permits between 16th and 35th avenues north, and another 20 permits between 21st and 58th avenues south.

The new turkey season may help control turkey populations in town.

Participants must pass an archery safety course, obtain a permit from the city and obtain a special archery license and tag from the state Game and Fish Department.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kyle Potter at (701) 241-5502