Deer licenses down 19 percent in ND

Bismarck, N.D. (AP) – The number of deer hunting licenses in
North Dakota this fall will be down 19 percent from last year and
the lowest in almost a decade.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife chief Randy Kreil
said there are fewer deer statewide, and that 35 of the 38 hunting
units will have fewer licenses.

“The reduced deer numbers are a result of significant mortality
from the past two difficult winters and subsequent low reproductive
success, and nearly a decade of aggressive deer management by
having a large number of antlerless licenses available in many
units because the population was well above management goals,”
Kreil said.

Game and Fish said 116,775 licenses will be available to hunters
this fall, a decrease of 27,625 from last year and the fewest since
2001.

The number of licenses available for 2010 includes 7,275 for
mule deer, a drop of 1,425 from last year; 2,190 for muzzleloader,
down 524; and 320 restricted youth antlered mule deer, a decrease
of 25.

“The mule deer population in the badlands was also hurt by the
winter of 2008-09 and probably by this past winter as well, and as
a result there are fewer mule deer licenses available this fall,”
Kreil said.

North Dakota’s 2010 deer gun season opens Nov. 5 at noon and
continues through Nov. 21.

Online applications for the regular deer gun, youth,
muzzleloader, and resident gratis and nonresident landowner seasons
will be available by May 5 at www.gf.nd.gov. Paper applications will
be at vendors throughout the state by mid-May. The deadline for
applying is June 2.

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