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Feds restore access to more than 288,000 acres of public land in ND, 200,000 acres in Minnesota

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By Brad Dokken / Grand Forks Herald

Just in time for Saturday’s North Dakota’s pheasant opener, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday afternoon that it was immediately reopening federal Waterfowl Production Areas across the country.

The decision means hunters in North Dakota again have access to more than 288,000 acres of wildlife lands in the state that had been closed to public access since the federal government shutdown began Oct. 1.

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