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Hunting measure approved for ballot

BISMARCK (AP) -- North Dakota voters in November will decide whether to ban big-game hunting in fenced preserves.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Thursday said supporters of the measure submitted more than the necessary 12,844 petition signatures to qualify the measure for the Nov. 2 ballot.

Jaeger said it will be listed on the ballot as Measure No. 2.

The measure seeks to abolish fenced preserves where people pay to shoot big game such as deer and elk. Its supporters say fenced hunting is unethical, while opponents say a ban would violate the property rights of those who run fenced-hunting operations.

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