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Fall Hunters Need to Watch Out for Aquatic Nuisance Species

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Fall hunting seasons are underway and the North Dakota Game and Fish department wants to remind hunters about an issue many of us think of as a summer problem.

Aquatic Nuisance species are still a threat in the fall, and it's a big obstacle North Dakota Game and Fish biologists are trying to overcome with people who are outdoors all year around. In the fall, duck and goose hunters that use boats need to take the same precautions when pulling their boats and trailers out of the water as they would with a summer boat.

Game and Fish Biologist Doug Leier says they are asking hunters to make a conscious effort to double check their equipment.  Hunters should understand that the rules and regulations remain through all hunting seasons.

You don't have to worry just about the boat and trailer, the invasive species can latch on to anything that touches the water, including your waders, oars, and decoys.  All it takes is a small fragment of seaweed or a microscopic zebra mussel to spread the invasive species.

Several hunters are traveling to North Dakota from Minnesota, or other states, and if you don't clean off your equipment it will all cross state lines with you.

Leier reminds hunters that this is not just a suggestion, it is a state law. If hunters are out in the slews and they come across aquatic Nuisance species, they should remove all weeds, drain water from boats, and report the location to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

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