North Dakota hunters are reminded that several national wildlife refuges open to late-season upland game bird hunting the day after the deer gun season closes. Arrowwood, Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, Lake Alice, Lake Zahl, Long Lake, Lostwood, Tewaukon (pheasants only), and Upper Souris NWRs open Monday.
Portions of each refuge are closed to hunting. Hunters should contact refuge headquarters for map leaflets designating closed areas and other restrictions: Arrowwood 285-3341; Audubon 442-5474; Des Lacs 385-4046; J. Clark Salyer 768-2548; Lake Alice 662-8611; Lake Zahl 965-6488; Long Lake 387-4397; Lostwood 848-2722; Tewaukon 724-3598; and Upper Souris 468-5467.
National wildlife refuges are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunters are reminded that use of nontoxic shot is required on all Fish and Wildlife lands. State regulations found in the North Dakota 2011-12 Small Game Guide apply.
Muzzleloader season to open
North Dakota's muzzleloader deer season opens at noon Friday and continues through Dec. 11. Hunters with a lottery muzzleloader license can hunt white-tailed deer statewide. In addition, unfilled second, third or other concurrent season any-antlerless, antlerless whitetail or antlerless mule deer licenses are still valid, but only in the unit to which the license is assigned. Hunters with these licenses must use a muzzleloader and hunt only the species printed on the license.