Deer, pheasant numbers down slightly in N.D.

Bismarck, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department
says hunters might have to work harder to find deer and pheasants
this year.

Biologists say pheasant and deer numbers are down slightly due
to a harsh winter.

Big game biologist Bill Jensen says North Dakota hunters killed
some 91,000 deer during the 2008 hunting season, or about 9,000
less than the previous year. North Dakota has 144,400 deer licenses
available this fall, or about 5,000 less than last year.

Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor, says hunters
killed nearly 778,000 roosters last year, or about 130,000 less
than 2007.

Kohn says the spring pheasant crowing count survey showed a 25
percent drop statewide from last year but the population is still
relatively healthy.

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