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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments for a proposed amendment that would allow hunting and fishing on what are commonly called "easement refuges" in North Dakota.

The easement refuges -- officially called limited-interest national wildlife refuges -- were acquired from willing landowners primarily in the 1930s to create resting and feeding areas for waterfowl. The easements restrict hunting, fishing, trapping and boat use on existing water bodies. All other land uses are allowed at the landowner's discretion, and the land remains in private ownership.

North Dakota has 39 easement refuges. Fish and Wildlife is proposing to allow hunting, fishing and other recreational activities on them, though access still would be at the discretion of landowners.

More information is available at https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/huntfish.php

Fish and Wildlife will accept written comments through Oct. 31, addressed to Project Leader Frank Durbian, 681 Salyer Road, Upham, N.D., 58789, or emailed to frank_durbian@fws.gov.

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