DNR wants to open 35 miles of forest road for hunting access

The state Department of Natural Resources wants to open up 35 miles of existing roads in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest to motor vehicles to improve access for hunters.

The agency wants to open up the roads from Sept. 1 to the last day of the December four-day antlerless gun season, which falls on Dec. 9 this year. None of the roads connect to all-terrain vehicle trails so those vehicles wouldn’t be allowed.

The roads would open in two phases — 21 miles this Sept. 1 and 14 miles in 2019.

The DNR will take public comments on the proposal online through July 23.

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