ND: Moose, Elk and Bighorn Sheep Seasons Set

North Dakota’s 2011 moose, elk and bighorn sheep proclamation
has been finalized and applications are available at the state Game
and Fish Department’s website. The deadline for applying is March

A total of 501 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall,
a decrease of 60 from last year.

The number of elk licenses in units E3 and E4 has been reduced
by 100 due to the successful population reduction effort by the
National Park Service in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Randy
Kreil, North Dakota Game and Fish Department chief of wildlife,
said 300 any-elk licenses will be available in units E3 and E4, and
there will be no antlerless licenses issued in these two units in
an effort to give hunters the maximum opportunity to harvest an

“A total of 406 cow elk were taken out of the park by the
reduction effort, and an estimated 76 cow elk were taken last fall
by licensed hunters in E3 and E4,” Kreil said. “This harvest
effectively reduced the cow elk population in and around the park
by at least one third.”

Kreil said the successful elk reduction effort in TRNP this past
year, and the possibility of similar results the next two years,
will reduce elk numbers dramatically in units E3 and E4. Therefore,
elk licenses will likely be reduced even further in future

Certain private lands in units E1 and E2 could open to hunting
of antlerless elk from Aug. 12 – Sept. 30 if depredation problems
occur and other measures are proven ineffective.

A total of 163 moose licenses are available in 2011, a decrease
of 10 from last year.

The boundary for moose hunting unit M11 has been expanded to
allow hunting over a wider area in western North Dakota where moose
numbers have increased south of Williston along the Missouri River

“This area will be monitored closely in the coming years to see
if populations decrease now that Lake Sakakawea is full and much of
the habitat that allowed the moose population to grow is under
water,” Kreil said.

Unit M1C will remain closed due to an extremely low moose
population in the northeastern portion of the state.

The bighorn sheep season will be similar to last year with six
licenses available – one license in units B1/B2, two in units B3
and B4, and one license auctioned through the Midwest Chapter of
the Wild Sheep Foundation. The bighorn sheep hunter drawing the
license in units B1/B2 is eligible to hunt both units.

To apply online, access the Game and Fish Department’s website,
gf.nd.gov. Paper applications will be available on the website (for
printing) and at license vendors the week of March 14.

Bighorn sheep, moose and elk lottery licenses are issued as
once-in-a-lifetime licenses in North Dakota. Hunters who have
received a license through the lottery in the past are not eligible
to apply for that species again.


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