Published September 10, 2010, 08:22 AM

Select state parks open for hunting

Limited deer hunting is taking place in three North Dakota state parks in 2010 — Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison, Grahams Island State Park, southwest of Devils Lake and Fort Ransom State Park in the Sheyenne River Valley.

By: By N.D. Game and Fish Dept., The Jamestown Sun

Limited deer hunting is taking place in three North Dakota state parks in 2010 — Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison, Grahams Island State Park, southwest of Devils Lake and Fort Ransom State Park in the Sheyenne River Valley.

Beginning Oct. 1, bow hunting for antlered or antlerless deer will be permitted at Fort Stevenson State Park. Bow hunters wishing to hunt at the park must apply for a special park permit, available at the park office during regular business hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information, contact Fort Stevenson State Park at (701) 337-5576.

Hunters can harvest deer at Grahams Island State Park during the bow, gun and muzzleloader seasons. Grahams Island will also be open for turkey hunting beginning Oct. 9. The permits are available at the park office during regular business hours from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by writing or calling the park at 152 S. Duncan Road, Devils Lake, N.D. 58301, phone (701) 766-4015.

A valid special park permit is required to possess a bow or firearm in Grahams Island State Park with the exception of Unit 7, but there is a restricted area along the road with 440 signs marking a boundary where no hunting is allowed.

Grahams Island State Park will be closed to all visitors except hunters during the deer gun season from Nov. 5 through Nov. 21.

Fort Ransom State Park allows deer hunting during the regular season beginning Nov. 5 and concluding Nov. 21.

Hunters must have tags for Unit 2 G1 along with a special park hunting permit which is issued by Fort Ransom State Park staff. The area of the park open to hunting will be the northern two-thirds of the park. Hunters have to pay the park entrance fee, unless they have an annual state park permit. ATVs are prohibited along with deer stands or off-road travel by any motorized travel. The south campground will be open, but hunting will not be allowed in the area adjacent to the campground.

For more information about Fort Ransom State Park or to make camping reservations, contact the park at (701) 973-4331.

In each state park, hunters must present a valid North Dakota bow license and unused tag to receive the special park permit. There is no charge for the special permits, which will be issued on a first come, first serve basis, but hunters must display a current park entrance permit on their vehicles while on park land.

Hunting is not permitted in any other state parks. State parks with year-round staff are open for late season camping, with reduced services. More information about North Dakota State Parks can be found at www.parkrec.nd.gov.

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