ND little Missouri national grassland ban.

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ND little Missouri national grassland ban.

Anybody else find this?  No discharging of firearms due to fire danger?  This will mess up elk and youth season out west!

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If there's any truth to that it sounds as though big brother is puffing up his chest again.  Nevada wouldn't have had a hunting season since it became a state if dry was a reason to keep people from enjoying their public lands.

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Went to the Little Missouri Grasslands site and you are right. There is a ban in place but with the exemptions listed below. This is copied from their site. See line item #4

 

Exemptions:

Pursuant to Title 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following are exempt from this restriction:

  1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.

  2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the

    performance of an official duty.

  3. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such

    devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable

    materials within 3 feet of the device.

  4. Persons with a valid hunting license and tag while engaged in the pursuit of big game, waterfowl, or

    birds. 

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Just saw this now.  Is the advanced business methods here in Bis or Grand Forks?  Thanks. Bob

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So, we can hunt big game, waterfowl, and birds... But we can't shoot a mountain lion cause that might start a fire...

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Joint press release by Game and Fish and the US Forest Service..

 

~~Aug. 31, 2017
Hunters Exempt from Firearms Restrictions on Little Missouri National Grasslands
With elk season opening Sept. 1 and grouse and partridge seasons to follow starting Sept. 9, the State Game and Fish Department and U.S. Forest Service remind hunters that use of firearms is allowed on the Little Missouri National Grasslands by legally licensed hunters.
Earlier this summer the USFS, which manages the Little Missouri, Cedar River and Sheyenne national grasslands in North Dakota, established a number of restrictions, on the Little Missouri only, designed to minimize the likelihood of starting or spreading of wildfires because of extreme dry conditions. Discharging a firearm is one of those restrictions, but the USFS provided an exemption to that rule for people who are legally hunting.
“We have received some questions from elk and bird hunters who weren’t aware of the exemption,” Craig Bihrle, Game and Fish Department communication supervisor said. “While hunting is allowed, people still need to be extremely careful to not start inadvertent fires.”
While legal hunting is allowed, the fire restriction order does still prohibit campfires, smoking and driving vehicles off trail on the Little Missouri Grasslands. A complete copy of the Little Missouri National Grasslands fire restrictions is available at the USFS Dakota Prairie Grasslands website.
Throughout the state, hunters should keep track of the daily fire danger index, which restricts off-trail vehicle use and recreational fires when the index is in the Very High, Extreme and Red Flag Warning categories. Some counties may also still have localized restrictions in place.

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Thanks for the informative post Rob.

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Awesome.