Spring Mule Deer Count Complete April 27, 2015 North Dakota

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Spring Mule Deer Count Complete April 27, 2015 North Dakota, NDGF News
... western North Dakota’s mule deer population has increased 24 percent from last year.  Bruce Stillings, big game supervisor, said the increase is a result of less severe winters the past couple of years, no harvest of antlerless mule deer during the past three deer hunting seasons, and improved fawn production. The 2015 index is 16 percent higher than the long-term average.  “In order to maintain further population growth we need to maintain a conservative management approach, with no antlerless mule deer harvest again in 2015,” Stillings said.
     Biologists counted 2,376 mule deer in 306.3 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in the badlands was 7.8 deer per square mile, which is up from 6.3 deer per square mile in 2014...


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