Pipeline protest won't stop North Dakota deer gun hunting

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) " North Dakota wildlife officials say they have no plans to shut down any deer hunting units because of the Dakota Access pipeline protest.

The deer gun season officially opens at noon Friday. Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand tells The Associated Press that his office has received calls from hunters wondering if they can still hunt in and around the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Steinwand says hunters should be "quite a ways away" from the main protest camp. He doesn't expect any issues as long as people are careful and courteous.

Law enforcement officials say Highway 1806 is shut down between the Fort Rice campground and Backwater Bridge, but hunters should be able to move freely through the rest of the area.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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