Pierre, S.D. – Hunters in South Dakota are finding a stretch of the Dakota Southern Railroad line from Mitchell to Reliance closed to hunting this fall.

That section of railroad tracks had been slated to be open for use by hunters this fall, but a major construction project on the line is keeping the railroad right-of-way closed to public access.

“When we provided information to the state Game, Fish and Parks Department for the 2011 Hunting Handbook, we had planned that construction crews would be past White Lake by the time the hunting season opened,” said Lynn Kennison of the South Dakota Department of Transportation. “Crews are currently working along the route, and that will probably be the case until freeze-up.”

Dakota Southern Railroad maintains control of public access to its leased properties. Due to public safety concerns while construction work is in progress, the company has placed signs at railroad crossings to alert the public to the closure.

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