ND mule deer production down

Bismarck, N.D. (AP) – State wildlife officials say a fall survey
has confirmed that the severe winter and spring reduced mule deer
production in North Dakota.

Game and Fish Department biologist Bruce Stillings says
observers in airplanes counted 1,528 mule deer in the October
survey. While the buck-to-doe ratio of 0.54 was above the long-term
average, the fawn-to-doe ratio of 0.74 was the second-lowest
documented since 1975 and well below the long-term average of 0.95
fawns per doe.

Stillings says the only year with lower fawn production was
1997, following one of the worst winters on record.

The fall aerial survey covers 285 square miles in western North
Dakota.

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