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Legislator proposes hunters cover up dead animals they kill

BISMARCK, N.D. - Dead deer and other big-game animals would have to be covered up by hunters who transport them on highways, under a legislator's proposal.

BISMARCK, N.D. - Dead deer and other big-game animals would have to be covered up by hunters who transport them on highways, under a legislator's proposal.

Rep. Duane DeKrey, R-Pettibone, is proposing a requirement that big-game hunters cover up their dead animals on an interstate or state highway when returning from their hunt.

DeKrey, who is a deer hunter, said he has seen dead and field-dressed deer in pickup beds, on trailers or tied to vehicles, sometimes dripping with blood.

"I couldn't help but wonder what the general public thinks about that," he said.

"You hear non-hunters and anti-hunters talking, and that's repulsive to them. I can personally understand how they could be offended by that," said longtime deer hunter Brandon Mason. "It doesn't help the cause of sportsmen much, but it's a natural part of the hunt.

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"As a sportsman," Mason said, "it's kind of neat to see what everyone got."

DeKrey said his proposal is "for discussion only," and he doubts it will go far.

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