Good news for hunters! The deer gun season begins Friday at noon and the Dakota Access pipeline protests won't interfere.

There are currently no plans to shut down deer hunting units due to the pipeline protests. This, according to North Dakota wildlife officials. Hunters have been calling Game and Fish Director

Hunters have been calling Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand, asking if they'll be able to hunt in or around the vicinity of the Standing Rock Reservation. No issues are expected to come up as hunters will be far out of range from protest camps. Despite the fact that Highway 1806 is closed between the Fort Ridge campground and Backwater Bridge, there will be plenty of area for hunters to travel about.