Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 93

Plan ahead to protect hay/winter feed supplies Depredation issues could damage animal food supplies ND Game and Fish Dept. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is encouraging farmers and ranchers to plan ahead to protect hay, grain and winter feed supplies from wildlife, according to Kevin Kading, private lands section supervisor. Even with today’s low deer populations, severe winter conditions can result in wildlife depredation to livestock feed supplies, Kading said. Producers are encouraged to store hay in a manner and location that prevents or reduces damage by wildlife. For example, stacking bales rather than leaving them scattered across a field can help reduce damage and make the bales easier to protect. Stacking bales inside a fence, if possible, can prevent wildlife from gaining access to them. Ranchers have also used a protective barrier of round straw bales surrounding their higher quality bales to prevent wildlife damage, Kading said, and a number of other options are available to producers to minimize or reduce wildlife depredation, including allowing hunters access to land to ensure a proper harvest of animals. Kading said any type of livestock feed supplies left in an open field are difficult for Game and Fish to address. “There are very few options available,” Kading added, “this is why we stress the importance of being as proactive as possible.” Planning early is the best way to reduce problems, Kading said. “If producers wait too long, snow and deteriorating weather conditions could make it difficult to store hay and feed supplies properly,” he said. The Department will assist producers with wildlife depredation problems, but cannot compensate producers for losses. The Department has temporary and permanent fencing options available for livestock producers experiencing chronic depredation problems. For help or more information on how to protect hay, grain and winter feed supplies, contact the Game and Fish Department at 701-328-6300. • Cross Roads Inn Elgin, ND Make Reservati ons Now! Have a great stay at the Cross Roads Inn! •10 unit motel • Dish TV • A/C • Grills • Coffee Maker • Fridge • Bird Cleaning Facilities • Freezer Space Pizza and ice are for sale! 7 fully furnished mobile homes for rent geared towards the hunter! Sleeps 4-6 • RV Site • RV Dump • Pets Welcome 310 Railroad Ave. E., Elgin, ND 58533 • 701-584-2752 • Paul & Pam Hillius Owner/Operators www.dakotacountrymagazine.com All major credit cards accepted = RURAL CE RESIDEN 362 16th St NW, Garrison, ND • 3 Bedroom, 1 3/4 Bath • 45’ x 90’ Machine Shed • Attached 2 Stall Garage • 40’ x 60’ Quonset • 9+ acre Treed Private Yard • Detached garage/shop • Placed on market at $299,900! (1/2 mile East of Garrison Golf Course) 3375 14th St NW, Lot 33 • 4 Seasons Cabin at Totten Trail Resort, Lake Audubon • 1 1/2 Story Home with (2) Additions • 3 Bedrooms, 1 1/2 Baths, • Heated, oversized (2) stall garage with finished office area • Heated finished workshop in back yard • Additional storage sheds • Updated furnace, electrical, siding, shingles & septic drain field • Priced at $135,000! TOTTEN TRAIL ED! REDUC GARRISON 358 3nd St SE • 2 Main/ 1 Basement Bedroom,1 3/4 Baths • Updated Kitchen Cabinets • Open Living Area, Central AC • 3 Season’s Room • Treed Private Back Yard • Full Basement with Laundry Area • Attached 1 Stall Garage • Listed at $159,900! Dakota Country, October 2016, Page 93