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Where to Hunt on Federal Land: North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska

Feb 11, 2008
Hunting is a favorite hobby of many enthusiasts. If you are like many other hunters, you are looking for new, unique, and exciting places to hunt. In this article, we will discuss different federal land areas that allow hunting. However, it is important to remember that each state has their own sets of rules and regulations when it comes to hunting on their land. This land is typically designated as a wildlife refuge therefore; there are many laws that protect certain species of animals.

Here in this article, we will cover the areas of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

North Dakota

Established by former President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in Woodworth, North Dakota. With 4,385 acres of land, the refuge is the resting and breeding grounds for greater than 293 species of birds. The Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge has been named as one of the Top 100 Globally Important Bird Areas in the United States. Aside from Chase Lake, the refuge is also home to wetlands, nesting cover, and native prairie lands. Most of the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is untouched by alteration and has remained in this state since the times of the European-American settlements.

Because the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is mostly known as a migratory bird spot, there is no hunting allowed until the start of deer season and this is only after the birds have taken off to go south for their winter period. They offer two different seasons for hunters, archery and firearms season for deer hunting.

South Dakota

The Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge is located in Lake Andes, South Dakota. This area is home to many different species of wildlife. Many years ago the Sioux Indians used the area near the lake for camps and hunting. After this time it turned into a premier fishing spot and continues to be a popular spot for hunters, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
As with most wildlife refuges, you must follow the rules and regulations as defined by the state of South Dakota to hunt. Though allowed in the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, you must be sure to follow all rules and regulations as set forth by the federal and state government. Contact the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge or visit their website to determine what rules and regulations apply to you.

Nebraska

In Nebraska, The Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District provides wildlife enthusiasts and hunters with more than 23,000 acres of land in southeastern Nebraska. There are many different bird species and mammal species within the refuge, which encompasses fourteen different counties across Nebraska. These areas include Weseman, Atlanta, Waco, Victor Lakes, Cottonwood, Springer, County Line, Prairie Dog, Eckhardt, Peterson, Freeman Lakes, Massie, Mallard Haven, Macon Lakes, Kenesaw, Jones, Hultine, Harvard, and so many others.

To hunt at the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District you are required to have a hunting permit, this is issued by the state at various different locations. Aside from the permit, you will also have to have any licenses that are required at the state and federal level. If any stamps and validations are required, you should be sure to have those as well. You should make note that the Nebraska law prohibits the use of any handguns or rifles. You may only use non-toxic shots to hunt and lead shots are illegal to possess or use during hunting.
Hunting in every state is different and each state has their own specific rules and regulations. It is important to learn about these before you go hunting so you can be sure to abide and follow all rules and regulations. The internet can be a great sources for determining what is allowed and what is not in each area. Consult with the specific federal parks if you have any questions about their hours of operation, season opening, rules on weaponry, and ammunition.

Most of all, enjoy your time hunting and enjoy the wildlife at the same time. While hunting may be your biggest love, you should take a moment to view all that nature has to offer while at any of these refuges as well. Each one has become a landmark for many different species of wildlife, some endangered and some threatened.
About the Author
Scott peters is an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and Leupold scope dealer. To learn more about Leupold VX-II rifle scopes please go to Leupold VX-II Scopes.
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