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North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is urging hunters to be mindful of farmers who are trying to finish up a harvest delayed by recent wet weather.

The wildlife agency is asking hunters to avoid parking along roadways or field approaches where vehicles could block travel by farm machinery.

“We’ve received numerous calls from farmers who are unable to get machinery around vehicles parked along rural roadways,” state Wildlife Chief Jeb Williams said. “As fields continue to dry out, we’ll see more and more harvest activity, and we urge hunters to keep that in mind as they are choosing where to park when accessing hunting areas.”

Williams said traveling hunters also should watch for approaching farm machinery and pull well to the side of the road or find an approach when meeting combines, grain trucks or tractors pulling equipment.

“The window for harvest is tight this year,” he said. “We urge hunters to keep that in mind until harvest activity winds down.”

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