Deer Season Set, Online Apps Available May 5 April 29, 2014 North Dakota

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Deer Season Set, Online Apps Available May 5 April 29, 2014 North Dakot, NDGF News
     North Dakota’s 2014 deer season is set, with 48,000 licenses available to hunters this fall, 11,500 fewer than last year, and the lowest number since 1980.  Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for the State Game and Fish Department, said even after five years of reducing gun licenses, deer populations are still below management objectives in most units. Currently, only units 3F1, 3F2 and 4F meet or exceed management goals.  “Harvest and survey data indicate deer numbers are still declining, especially in the eastern part of the state,” Kreil said.  The statewide hunter success rate in 2013 was 55 percent, which is lower than in 2012 (63 percent), and well below the department’s goal of 70 percent.
     Total deer licenses are determined by harvest rates, aerial surveys, depredation reports, hunter observations, input at advisory board meetings, and comments from the public, landowners and department field staff.



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