North Dakota 2018 Year in Review January 2019

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North Dakota 2018 Year in Review January 2019  NDGF

...Deer populations, particularly mule deer, continued to do fairly well, following some difficult winters and declining numbers. Whitetail numbers, while on an upward trend, are still a bit below Department goals for most hunting units.... 

Deer License Numbers Up
     The Game and Fish Department made available 55,150 licenses to deer gun hunters in 2018. That was good news because that was 650 more licenses than 2017 and well above the recent low of 43,275 in 2015.  Some of the increases in deer gun licenses were seen in both antlered mule deer (up 150) and antlered whitetails (up 150)...

Fall Mule Deer Survey
The Department’s fall mule deer survey indicated fawn production in 2018 was better than in 2017.
     Biologists counted 2,446 mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The buck-to-doe ratio of 43 bucks per 100 does was higher than last year and the same as the long-term average. The mule deer fawn-to-doe ratio was 84 fawns per 100 does, which was higher than 2017, but slightly lower than the long-term average of 89 fawns per 100 does.
     Big game biologists said mule deer fawn production has been on a positive trend since 2013, following record low fawn production after the winters of 2008-09 through 2010-11. Mule deer fawn-to-doe and buck-to-doe ratios were at or near their long-term averages in all management regions except the northern badlands, which includes hunting unit 4A...

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