There’ll be even fewer deer licenses available this fall in North Dakota, the Game and Fish Department announced today.
In a news release, department staff said North Dakota’s 2015 deer season is set, with 43,275 licenses available to hunters this fall — 4,725 fewer than last year, and the lowest number since 1978.
The reduction comes as no surprise. Jeb Williams, wildlife chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, said deer populations remain well below management objectives in most units across the state, and continuing a conservative management approach is needed to help with recovery efforts.
Any-antlerless (down 2,650 from last year) and any-antlered (down 1,150) licenses make up the majority of the reduction, while antlerless whitetail (down 800) and antlered whitetail (down 650) account for the remainder.
On a positive note, Williams said the mule deer population in the badlands increased for the third consecutive year, with numbers showing the spring mule deer index is up 24 percent from last year.
However, as was the case the past four years, there are no antlerless mule deer licenses available in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F. This applies to regular gun, resident and nonresident any-deer bow, gratis and youth licenses.
North Dakota’s 2015 deer gun season opens Nov. 6 at noon and continues through Nov. 22. Online applications for regular deer gun, youth, muzzleloader, and resident gratis and nonresident landowner licenses are available here. Also, paper applications will be at vendors throughout the state by mid-May. The deadline for applying is June 3.
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