New hunting opportunities open in ND, Minn.

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FARGO – There are three new places to hunt and fish in Minnesota and North Dakota.

The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to open more than 251,000 acres nationally to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement Sept. 7, saying the move was made in an effort to increase access to public lands.

This will bring the number of units where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing is permitted to 312.

Regionally, those areas include:

Minnesota

  • Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, Erskine, Minn.: Opens certain game bird and small mammal hunting for the first time and expands existing migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting.

North Dakota

  • J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, north central North Dakota: Opens moose hunting for the first time.
  • Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge, Kenmare, N.D.: Opens moose hunting for the first time.

The changes will be implemented in time for the upcoming 2018-2019 hunting seasons. For more information, visit www.fws.gov/refuges.