North Dakota Deer Population In 2018 through 2021, a stable to modestly increasing white-tailed deer population and recovering mule deer. About 135,000 deer in 2017. An estimate of 130,000 deer in 2016, up from 126,000 deer in 2015 with some recovery in the mule deer population. In 2017 the population was increasing in the western two-thirds of the state, down to stable in the eastern third, however, drought conditions into the fall. The mild winter of 2017-18 improved survival, but allowed drought conditions to persist. About 117,000 in 2014 when populations were near a 30 year low. Herd analysis at right. North Dakota 2021 Big Game Outlook


North Dakota Deer News

Deer disease in North Dakota cuts into hunter success, license numbers May 13, 2022 The Bismarck Tribune

... The impact of the disease stretched over most of western and central North Dakota ... North Dakota has experienced a loss of wildlife habitat in recent years due to oil development and reduced grassland areas resulting from changes in farming practices. That has resulted in annual license numbers essentially being cut in half from the heyday of deer populations in the mid-2000s..,


North Dakota Deer Season Set, Apply Online May 6, 2022 North Dakota Game and Fish News

... North Dakota’s 2022 deer season is set, with 64,200 licenses available to hunters, down 8,000 from last year.

... “Epizootic hemorrhagic disease dramatically reduced white-tailed deer numbers along the Missouri River and parts of some western hunting units,” said Casey Anderson, wildlife chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. “As a result, license allocations in some units were dramatically reduced.” ..,


North Dakota 2021 Gun Season Summarized April 20, 2022 NDGF News

... A total of 57,086 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 32,793 deer during the 2021 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish made available 72,200 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 57%, with each hunter spending an average of 4.5 days in the field..,


North Dakota Game and Fish completes aerial winter deer surveys March 13, 2022 KFYR TV

...“Compared to 2019, it’s about the same for the most part, it’s kind of a mixed bag, some units are up, some are down, and most of them are about the same. However, when you look back to the early 2000s, 2000 to 2005 we are considerably lower than those years, primarily due to habitat loss,” ...


2021 Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Elk Harvests

February 28, 2022 North Dakota Game and Fish News

The department issued 470 moose licenses last year. Of that total, 448 hunters harvested 405 animals – 163 bulls and 242 cows/calves... The department issued 532 elk licenses last year. Of that total, 462 hunters harvested 301 elk – 158 bulls and 143 cows/calves..,


Game and Fish: 26 deer tested positive for CWD in 2021 hunting season February 23, 2022 North Dakota, Kxnet

... with most chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing completed, 26 deer tested positive during the 2021 hunting season ...


The Bismarck Area's Favorite Deer "Jonnie" Is Alive January 27, 2022 North Dakota, hot975fm.com

... The Bismarck area's beloved rescue deer Jonnie has been seen after being missing in action since the start of the deer gun season ... She was also spotted by another person according to the Facebook page "Where's Jonnie/Ruth." ...


A snapshot of wildlife surveys December 30, 2021 North Dakota, The Bismarck Tribune

... “This year’s count was the lowest fawn-to-doe ratio since 2011 and 2012, following the severe winters of 2008 through 2010,” said Bruce Stillings, department big game management supervisor in Dickinson. “Nutritional stress related to the drought was also apparent, with considerably more yearling bucks observed as spikes rather than forked bucks.” ..,


Bismarck's Beloved Deer "Jonnie" Has Not Been Seen In A Month December 9, 2021 North Dakota, SuperTalk 1270

... The Bismarck area's favorite pet deer "Jonnie" ... was found by the Fallgatter's after she was hit by a vehicle... she became a fixture at their farm...


2021 Difficult Year for ND Mule Deer December 1, 2021 North Dakota, News Dakota

... drought ... lack of forage, lack of cover and a spike in EHD mortality for the state’s muleys ... in the western portion of the state ... 60 fawns per 100 does represented a more than 25 percent drop over the 82-to-100 observed last year and nearly a third less than the long-term average of 88-to-100...


Fargo City Commission votes to end bow hunting of deer within city limits November 15, 2021 North Dakota, KVRR

... Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski and Commissioners Arlette Preston and John Strand feel hunting in these populated areas can be dangerous and want to limit access to bow hunting of all animals to more isolated rural areas...


Drought hurts mule deer fawn production in North Dakota; bucks show nutritional distress November 14, The Bismarck Tribune

... The ratio of 60 fawns per 100 does this fall was significantly lower than last year’s 82 per 100 and the long-term average of 88 per 100. “This year’s count was the lowest fawn-to-doe ratio since 2011 and 2012, following the severe winters of 2008 through 2010,” ...


Police chief recommends ending urban deer hunting program in Fargo November 12, 2021 North Dakota, INFORUM

... Concerned about public safety, Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski is recommending an end next year to the city's wildlife management program that allows bow hunters to hunt deer on city ... "continuation of the program, based on public input received, is having an adverse effect on the public usage of our public park and recreation areas and creates an unnecessary public safety risk."...


EHD, 10% of eligible North Dakota deer hunters request license refunds due to disease November 8, 2021, Williston Herald

... epizootic hemorrhagic disease ... did affect a large part of the state ... the impact stretched over most of western and central North Dakota, with the heaviest concentration of reports along the Missouri River ...

Mule Deer Foundation partners with Shade Ranch on conservation effort November 5, 2021 North Dakota, The Dickinson Press

... working with Medora area rancher Kim Shade and volunteers from the oil industry to remove invasive juniper trees that are making the Badlands uninhabitable for mule deer...


EHD, Deer hunting season kicks off, November 5, 2021 North Dakota, KFYR

... “So, on a normal year, especially during the rut or gun season which starts today, we’ll probably see a minimum of 50 deer a sit,” said Doan. These fields are vacant because EHD has decimated the state’s deer population...


Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed November 4, 2021, North Dakota, North Dakota Game and Fish Department News

... drought had a big influence on fawn production... The ratio of 60 fawns per 100 does was significantly lower than last year (82/100) and the long-term average (88/100), while 38 bucks per 100 does was similar to 2020 (36/100) and long-term (43/100)..,


Update On The Bismarck Area's Favorite Deer Jonnie & EHD November 1, 2021 North Dakota, SuperTalk 1270

... Her mother and sibling were killed and hit by a car. The Fallgatters nursed Jonnie back to health and she's been a fixture around their farm for years now... Jonnie hanging out on the porch enjoying some food with the cats...


North Dakota deer season preview: Impact of EHD on whitetail populations remains to be seen October 30, 2021 Grand Forks Herald

... Game and Fish this year offered 72,200 gun licenses statewide, an increase of 3,150 from 68,650 tags available in 2020. Based on department statistics, 58,146 deer hunters shot 39,322 deer during the 2020 gun season for an overall success rate of 68%...

North Dakota hunters encouraged to have deer tested for CWD October 25, 2021 Kxnet

... Samples will be tested from deer taken from units 2H, 2I, 2J1, 2J2, 2K1, 2K2, 3A1, 3A2, 3A3, 3A4, 3B1, 3B3, 3C, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4A, 4B and 4C...


North Dakota Game & Fish share tips for transporting game to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease October 20, 2021 Williston Herlad

... Hunters are prohibited from transporting into or within North Dakota the whole carcass of deer, elk, moose or other members of the cervid family harvested outside of North Dakota...


Large numbers of white-tailed deer die in North Dakota due to EHD October 18, 2021 KFYR

... Game and Fish continues to monitor the outbreak. They’ve had around 1,000 cases reported so far, but say it is likely a far greater number...

North Dakota Game and Fish confirms EHD in deer near Drayton October 11, 2021 Grand Forks Herald

... Two deer found dead near Drayton, N.D., tested positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease, said Dr. Charlie Bahnson, wildlife veterinarian ...


ND Game & Fish to monitor EHD outbreak September 22, 2021 North Dakota, Kxnet

... the most heavily affected area is along a portion of the Missouri River extending from just south of Bismarck/Mandan to the Garrison Dam, as well as a smaller area near Williston..,


North Dakota 2021 Big Game Outlook September 8, 2021 North Dakota Game and Fish News

Spring, summer and fall of 2021 has presented our state with another sizeable hurdle in the form of extreme drought. While some areas of the state are certainly better than others, there are some parts that are hard to imagine being any worse. Many areas have set records for being in the top five years of least amount of rainfall and ranking in the top five for hottest temperatures in 125 years of record keeping....


Doug Leier: 90 years later, North Dakota OUTDOORS continues to document hunting and fishing history August 31, 2021 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... 1941 ... the Federal Aid Division of the state Game and Fish Department estimate that there are between 7,000 and 8,000 deer in the state... first moose hunting season in 1977 ..,


Deer disease surfaces in North Dakota a 2nd straight year; Bismarck-Mandan hardest-hit area August 28, 2021 North Dakota, The Bismarck Tribune

... Epizootic hemorrhagic disease... "Last year, southwest North Dakota was hit relatively hard by EHD. Right now, it appears that the virus is picking up where it left off ...


Northeast Remains State’s Deer Hunting Wildcard August 11, 2021 North Dakota, News Dakota

... A strong, snow-filled winter not only challenged deer in the northeastern corner of the state, but also hindered survey tactics employed by the North Dakota Game & Fish Department at the start of the year...


Southwest ND Deer Surviving EHD, Habitat Loss August 4, 2021 North Datkoa, newsdakota.com

... Despite last year showcasing one of the worst outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) ... the region’s deer herds remain relatively stable ... we’ve been seeing a slow increase in the population since 2013 ...


Southeast ND Deer Stable at Midsummer July 28, 2021 newsdakota.com

... “With the lack of a real winter and obviously mild spring conditions the deer population is holding its own,” ... While dry conditions persist throughout the state, much of the southeast has been spared the worst of the drought and the impacts have been lessened on the area herd..,


Deer tags reflect increase in populations July 25, 2021 North Dakota, KFYR TV

... More deer tags are available this year, which North Dakota Game and Fish staff say reflects an increase in the population..,


Fargo to keep urban bow hunting while group examines program June 28, 2021 North Dakota, INFORUM

... harvested 352 deer over 15 years ... In a public hearing on the issue last week, nine speakers favored continuing the program ... Only one person spoke out against the program ...


Ordinance could repeal Fargo's Wildlife Management Program June 22, 2021 North Dakota, KVRR

... Created in 2006, The wildlife management program was set up back to help control the deer population throughout the city... Killing deer does not control their populations. Their high reproductive rates will quickly compensate for any deer removed...


15 years later, the program’s data reveals the numbers are doing more harm than good for safety.See Jonnie The Deer's Baby (PHOTOS) June 21, 2021 North Dakota, Hot 975

...Jonnie herself was rescued as a baby after her mother and sibling were hit by a truck about 6 years ago near Sterling, North Dakota. Since then, Jonnie became very tame and spends her time roaming between about 12 farms in the area. However, she spends just about every evening on the porch ...


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Rural North Dakota farmer goes viral for helping newborn fawns cross the road June 5, 2021 North Dakota, Brainerd Dispatch

... posted a TikTok of himself helping two newborn fawns cross a rural street ... has received more than 10 million views and 2 million likes ...


North Dakota deer season May 29, 2021 KFYR-TV

... 72,200 licenses, which is approximately 3,100 more than last year ... “Whitetail populations have been increasing over the last six years, some parts of the state more so than others. But overall, the whitetail population has been slowly increasing all across the state ... Mule deer numbers are heading in the right direction ..,


Deer season set May 18, 2021 North Dakota, The Bowman Extra

... with 72,200 licenses available to hunters, 3,150 more than last year. In total, any-antlered licenses increased ... In total, any-antlered licenses increased by 1,500 from last year, any-antlerless by 1,250, antlered whitetail by 100, antlerless whitetail by 100, antlerless mule deer by 200 and antlered mule deer licenses remained the same..,


Survey shows robust North Dakota mule deer population; extreme drought is a concern May 17, 2021 North Dakota, Blue Mountain Eagle

... "Mild winters are certainly helpful for mule deer; not only did we have a mild winter out west, we pretty much didn’t have winter," state Wildlife Chief Jeb Williams said. "They made it through the winter in good shape and will be going into the fawning season in about as good of condition as one could expect in North Dakota." ..,


Looking back on the 2020 deer season – and ahead to this fall May 11, 2021 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... Game and Fish made available 68,650 deer gun licenses last year, and 58,146 hunters took part. When looking at hunter success, keep in mind that more than 10,000 hunters for some reason or another didn’t hunt. Overall hunter success was 68%, with each hunter spending an average of 4.8 days in the field..,


2021 deer licenses in North Dakota at highest level in a decade; drought a concern May 4, 2021 The Bismarck Tribune

... 72,200 deer licenses available to hunters this year ... 3,150 more than last year and 67% higher than the recent low point of 43,275 licenses just six years ago ... Extreme drought covers 83% of North Dakota ..,


North Dakota mule deer numbers remain strong, but drought raises fawn concerns May 3, 2021 Grand Forks Herald

... Overall mule deer density in the Badlands was 8.7 deer per square mile... Mule deer numbers in western North Dakota are similar to last year and 21% higher than the long-term average ..,


North Dakota deer hunters enjoy good season in 2020; future license numbers look promising April 25, 2021 The Bismarck Tribune

... Game and Fish in recent years has been moving toward a goal of 75,000 annual deer licenses -- half the number issued in the heyday of deer populations in the mid-2000s... we are trying to manage for more deer on the landscape ...


North Dakota 2020 Deer Season Summarized April 19, 2021 NDGF News

... A total of 58,146 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 39,322 deer during the 2020 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish made available 68,650 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 68% ..,


CWD discovered in a deer at Beltrami County farm April 14, 2021 North Dakota, KFGO

... The deer was part of a herd quarantined in October 2020 as part of BAH’s investigation of the previously reported Houston County CWD detection...


Four North Dakota men convicted in poaching case April 12, 2021 KX NEWS

. ... 15 Class A misdemeanors; nine Class B misdemeanors; $7,900 in fines, fees and restitution; 53 days in jail; and loss of hunting/fishing/trapping privileges for 10 years...


CWD battle is high priority March 19, 2021 North Dakota, The Bowman Extra

... Eighteen deer tested positive during the 2020 hunting season... CWD was first detected in North Dakota in a mule deer buck taken in the fall of 2009 in the southwestern part of the state. In 2018, it was found in northwestern..,


North Dakota Game and Fish free program to landowners March 6, 2021 KFYR-TV

... free food plot seed is given out to landowners to provide habitat as well as food ... fawns tend to like to bed in the food plot ...


Wildlife managers pinpoint a numbers problem with chronic wasting disease testing February 21, 2021 North Dakota, Brainerd Dispatch

... fewer hunters in areas with documented cases of the disease submitted deer heads for testing ... The department tested about 2,600 animals in all or parts of 12 hunting units targeted for testing, finding 18 new cases of the disease, for a total of 44 since CWD first was detected in the state in 2009..,


CWD, Deer disease accelerates faster than officials expected February 6, 2021 North Dakota, Associated Press

... chronic wasting disease ... 18 deer from last fall's hunt tested positive for the fatal disease, up from 12 the previous year... The first case was found in a deer in south central North Dakota in 2009 ..,


Deer Herds Strong at Midseason February 3, 2021 North Dakota, News Dakota

... With warmer-than-average temperatures and little snow cover to impede their travel and foraging, North Dakota’s deer herds are doing well ... the population, which has been slowly climbing since the difficult winters of 2010 and 2011, mild conditions when coupled with other items can help with more successful fawning and recruitment in spring..,


Studying mountain lions in North Dakota January 12, 2021 INFORUM

... of the 12 species eaten by mountain lions, 77% were deer... mountain lions in the badlands have a 42-48% survival rate. “That’s about 30% lower than needed to sustain the current population of this size ..,


North Dakota CWD Test Results January 11, 2021 KFGO

... With most chronic wasting disease testing completed, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reports 18 deer tested positive during the 2020 hunting season..,


Virus a silent killer of North Dakota deer herd December 20, 2020 FarmProgress.com

... Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus is laying claim to a high number of deer this year, “just as bad as 2011 ... The region south of Interstate 94 and west of the Missouri River is the EHDV “epicenter,” ..,


Oil drilling OK'd in protected area of North Dakota Badlands; environmental groups cry foul December 9, 2020 North Dakota, INFORUM

... new decision adopted by the Trump administration opens up more than 200,000 previously protected acres of the Little Missouri National Grasslands for surface drilling work... threatens the natural habitats of wildlife like elk and mule deer ...


Mule deer continue rebound in western North Dakota November 23, 2020 The Bismarck Tribune

...The mule deer population in the Badlands ... a spring survey ... 22% above the long-term average... a steady rebound since a string of bad winters about a decade ago... Hunting of mule deer females was banned in North Dakota four straight seasons beginning in 2012 ..,


Results from fall mule deer survey show favorable production in western North Dakota November 16, 2020 Grand Forks Herald

... The ratio of 82 mule deer fawns per 100 does was similar to last year, while 36 bucks per 100 does was lower than in 2019... “Overall, fawn production was good, which could lead to population growth depending on the severity of this winter,” ..,


The Deal with Deer Units November 11, 2020 North Dakota, newsdakota.com

... “Originally, the state was divided up into much larger management units and they had some units that were set up as refuge areas, that was one of the early strategies for deer management, ... units over time got broken down into smaller units; the bigger units were originally set up based on ecological setting or habitat,” ...


Game and Fish Department offers latest info on chronic wasting disease in North Dakota November 10, 2020 Grand Forks Herald

... “We first started finding deer with CWD in Grant and Sioux counties, hunting unit 3F2, in 2009, and we’ve been finding positive deer down there ever since,” ... in 2018, we found it for the first time in Divide County ... [map below from North Dakota Game and Fish Department]

More deer hunters set to take to the field this year November 2, 2020 Friday

Bismarck Tribune

... 69,050 North Dakotans who have deer gun licenses this year, an increase of 3,550 from 2019 because of a steady positive trend in the deer population over the last few years. It’s the fifth consecutive year that Game and Fish Department officials have made more tags available ... gun hunter success rate in 2019 was 64% ..,


North Dakota deer season preview: Outlook better than last year in almost every category October 31, 2020 The Dickinson Press

... The Game and Fish Department this year offered 69,050 deer gun licenses, an increase of 3,550 tags from last year... Antlered and antlerless mule deer licenses were unchanged from 2019. More than 81,000 people applied for gun licenses in the lottery..,

Deer hunting outlook good for central North Dakota October 25, 2020 INFORUM

... Aerial surveys weren't able to get a good count because the corn fields provided good cover for the animals... Landowners in western North Dakota reported cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, more commonly known as EHD... refunds to about 9,000 license holders in 12 different units...

Video below from North Dakota Game and Fish Department: In this week's webcast, find out what steps the Department is taking to try to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in North Dakota. - October 1, 2020

Recent Deer Die-Offs Likely from EHD September 18, 2020 North Dakota, newsdakota.com

... Reports throughout southwestern North Dakota of dead and dying whitetail deer discovered on the landscape ... are likely the result of an increase in a viral infection ... Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) ... the prevalence of deer deaths from EHD tends to decline after the first hard frost ...


North Dakota Deer Season Outlook September 2, 2020 NDGF News

... Population and harvest data indicate the state’s white-tailed deer population is stable to increasing, but still below management goals in most eastern hunting units... Mule deer in North Dakota’s badlands continue to show signs of recovery following the severe winters of 2008-2010, which resulted in deer numbers declining by nearly 50% since 2007... A stable to increasing mule deer population ..,


Video below from North Dakota Game and Fish Department: There are dozens of GPS-collared elk in western North Dakota providing state Game and Fish Department big game biologists much needed information to better manage the elk population. Mike Anderson explains in this week’s segment of North Dakota Outdoors. - August 3, 2020

Deer Lottery Held, Licenses Remain June 25, 2020 North Dakota, NDGF New

... More than 81,000 individuals applied for a deer gun lottery license, in addition to about 12,600 gratis applicants. The 2020 deer gun proclamation allows for 69,050 deer gun season licenses...


Deer feeding and attractant bans expand as part of CWD response June 8, 2020 North Dakota, KFGO

... Following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Dakota County in March, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will expand current deer feeding and attractant bans to include Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Rice, Scott and Washington counties ...


Traversie sentenced to probation, $9K restitution for poaching giant buck June 5, 2020 North Dakota, The Capital Journal

... a year of probation, a year without hunting, and to pay restitution of $9,000 to the Timber Lake Elk Ranch where he poached a whitetail buck with a freakishly huge set of antlers...


As North Dakota wildlife goes, mountain lions top the list of species that captivate and fascinate May 30, 2020 The Dickinson Press

... In his book, “The Mammals of North Dakota,” UND Professor Emeritus of Biology Robert Seabloom writes that mountain lions historically occurred across the Great Plains but never were common. There were no early records of mountain lions in eastern North Dakota ..,


Game and Fish increase licenses for deer gun season May 20, 2020 North Dakota, The Bismarck Tribune

... 69,050 deer gun licenses available to hunters, 3,550 more than last year...


Mule deer rebound continues in North Dakota's western Badlands May 18, 2020

The Bismarck Tribune

... Another relatively mild winter has further boosted western North Dakota's mule deer population, which has been steadily rebounding since a string of bad winters about a decade ago... Hunting of mule deer females was banned in North Dakota four straight seasons beginning in 2012, to help the population recover ..,


Mule Deer Survey Numbers Up May 11, 2020 North Dakota, Wahpeton Daily News

... results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population is up 7% from last year and 22% above the long-term average. Biologists counted 2,364 mule deer in 267.3 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in the badlands was 8.8 deer per square mile...


Proposed increase in deer gun tags among highlights from North Dakota Game and Fish ... May 2, 2020 Grand Forks Herald

... Game and Fish is proposing to offer 69,050 deer gun licenses this fall, an increase of about 3,500 from last year... the fifth consecutive year of increased deer gun licenses ... we feel good about that vs. the curve from 2010 through 2015, which was a straight downward curve,” Williams said. “We feel good about the opportunities that have been out there for the deer hunting public.” ..,


Wahpeton, Urban deer hunt requires change to ordinances April 22, 2020 North Dakota, Wahpeton Daily News

... The Wahpeton City Council has been asked to consider urban deer hunting ... We have received input from ... residents along the golf course who are challenged with backyard plants and trees. Gardeners have also inquired about deer control...


A closer look at last years deer season April 14, 2020 North Dakota, KFGO

... The 2019 deer season started out with an allocation of 65,500 licenses. From that number, the State Game and Fish Department’s post-season survey estimated that 57,949 licensees actually hunted. Those deer hunters took approximately 37,250 deer for an overall success rate of 64%. In addition, and each hunter spent just under 4.5 days in the field...


North Dakota 2019 Deer Season Summarized March 30, 2020 NDGF News

... A total of 57,949 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 37,250 deer during the 2019 deer gun hunting season ... Game and Fish made available 65,500 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 64 percent ..,


Managers in North Dakota, northwest Minnesota assess winter’s impact on deer and other wildlife March 15, 2020 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... There’s still time for a setback, but winter appears to be on the downward track. That’s good news for wildlife in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, where deer especially appear to be coming through the winter of 2019-20 in decent shape, wildlife managers say...


Update on CWD in North Dakota March 3, 2020 North Dakota, KFGO

... the latest information includes that eight deer taken during the 2019 North Dakota deer gun season tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... All were antlered deer taken from areas previously known to have CWD ...


Mule Deer Foundation, North Dakota oil industry team up to boost wildlife habitat south of Missouri River February 26, 2020 Williston Daily Herald

... called up the North Dakota Petroleum Council for help lining up the big equipment needed to clear the tree trunks to prepare the area for its prescribed burn... Among ongoing projects lately has been removing sheep-woven fencing. “It has a 2.4 times higher rate of mortality for deer,” ...

How’s the winter been for wildlife? February 25, 2020 North Dakota, KFGO

... “So far this winter they’re (wildlife) doing fairly well. In that southeast portion of the state where we’ve had most of the snow, it’s a little tougher. But so far, reports are that we’re not seeing levels of die offs or high levels of stresses, where there’s been problems with wildlife.” ...


Keeping an Eye on the Big Cats:Mountain Lion Population Trend Stable in the Dakotas January 31, 2020 North Dakota, Tri-State Livestock News

... NDGFD data shows mountain lion numbers peaking in 2004-05 through 2011-12 with confirmed sightings peaking at fifty-seven in 2008. More recently, annual confirmed sightings of mountain lions in North Dakota range between twenty and forty per year...The mountain lion population trends also mirror the deer population ...


North Dakota sees big uptick in chronic wasting disease cases in deer January 21, 2020 The Bismarck Tribune

... Eight deer killed by hunters last fall tested positive ... That boosts the total number of confirmed cases in hunter-killed deer since 2009 to 24 ... A white-tailed deer found dead and emaciated by a landowner near Williston last February also died from the disease. It was the first natural CWD death documented in the state...

Deer Test Positive for CWD January 17, 2020 North Dakota, NDGF News

... Eight deer taken during the 2019 North Dakota deer gun season tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... All were antlered deer taken from areas previously known to have CWD – six from unit 3F2 and two from 3A1 ..,


A deer continues to visit neighbors who rescued her in North Dakota town January 4, 2020 North Dakota, Local 24 News

... A North Dakota neighborhood has adopted an unusual community pet. Meet Jonnie the deer... A resident and her son rescued the doe from the side of the road three years ago. She was found next to her dead mother with a broken leg. The family nursed the fawn back to health...


Conservation Reserve Program, Excitement Grows for CRP Sign Up December 13, 2019 North Dakota, Williston Herlad

... ... With the 2018 Farm Bill phasing in a raised cap to 27 million acres and a couple million still available under the previous 24 million acre cap, the possibility of seeing more grass in the ground, more birds and deer in the field, and more money in farmers’ pockets over the next few years is quite real ...


ND Game and Fish Advisory Board meets with southwestern residents November 27, 2019 North Dakota, The Dickinson Press

... CWD was first discovered in North Dakota in 2009 in the south-central part of the state. Since then, mule deer bucks harvested as close as McKenzie County have tested positive for the sickness...


How hunters ended up saving a stranded deer from certain death in North Dakota November 18, 2019 North Dakota, INFORUM

... "When they reached the doe, (they) slipped on the rope to the bleating deer and started their return trip across the ice, pushing the boat with one leg in the boat and one leg on the ice," ...


North Dakota deer season preview: Deer numbers, gun season licenses trending in right direction November 5, 2019 INFORUM

... Game and Fish this year offered 65,500 deer gun tags, up from 55,150 in 2018 and the highest number since 2012 ... Deer gun licenses bottomed out at 43,275 in 2015, largely the result of consecutive severe winters from 2009 through 2011, and have been on a gradual climb ever since.. there’s still an issue or problem with supply and demand out there when it comes to deer hunting ..,


Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed November 4, 2019 North Dakota, NDFG News

... Biologists counted 2,218 mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The ratios of 41 bucks per 100 does, and 84 fawns per 100 does, were similar to last year... covers 24 study areas and 306.3 square miles in western North Dakota...


More deer tags in hunters' hands for 2019 November 1, 2019 North Dakota, Bismark Tribune

... The deer population is trending up in the western part of the state, which allowed officials to issue more tags, but the eastern part of the state has been slower to recover from the “devastating winters” of 2009, 2010 and 2011, Williams said. And there are far fewer acres idled under the federal Conservation Reserve Program ..,


CWD Surveillance Continues October 28, 2019 North Dakota, NDGF News

... sampling deer for chronic wasting disease ... “CWD has not been found in the eastern third of the state and our surveillance goal in that area is to confidently say that it is still not present in the area,” ... in previous years only a small portion of hunters have submitted heads for testing,” he added. “Most infected deer will look perfectly healthy and the only way to tell is by having them tested.” ..,


Chronic Wasting Disease detected in McKenzie County October 21, 2019 North Dakota, NDGF

... Two mule deer taken in September have tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... where CWD had not previously been found ... the first detection of CWD in the badlands...


Baiting restrictions aim to minimize chronic wasting disease in areas with documented cases September 3, 2019 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... This past year ... the detection of CWD in a new part of the state. A deer harvested in unit 3A1 in the northwestern corner tested positive, followed by another positive test from a deer that was found dead near Williston in February. In response to these events, hunting over bait was prohibited for this fall in deer units 3A1, 3A2, 3B1 and 3A3 north of U.S. Highway 2..,


Land-use program fosters white-tailed deer populations in USA August 27, 2019 North Dakota, Science Daily

... The study examined the benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in North Dakota. Initiated in 1985 ... "White-tailed deer tend to occur more, and in higher numbers, in areas with higher percentage of CRP," ...


Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a key element for managing white-tailed deer populations at multiple spatial scales July 31, 2019 North Dakota, Journal of Environmental Management

... we evaluated how landscape characteristics and winter severity measured at three spatial scales (1 km2, 9 km2, and hunting unit) influenced white-tailed deer occurrence and abundance across North Dakota by using 10 years of winter aerial survey data ... CRP is a land conservation program based on cost-share and rental payment... will be fundamental to sustaining populations of white-tailed deer... Habitat selection by white-tailed deer is highly scale dependent...


Deer Lottery Held, Licenses Remain June 25, 2019 North Dakota, NDGF News

... More than 6,000 deer gun licenses remain. Only resident applicants who were unsuccessful in the lottery can apply for remaining licenses. More than 78,000 individuals applied for a deer gun lottery license, in addition to about 13,500 gratis applicants. The 2019 deer gun proclamation allows for 64,500 deer gun season licenses...


Hunting, fishing remain economic powerhouses in ND June 7, 2019 North Dakota, Jamestown Sun

... There were 49,000 fewer resident and nonresident firearm deer in the state in 2017-18 compared to 2011-12, for example. So hunter expenditures adjusted for inflation decreased by $52.7 million (22 percent)...


Abandoned Fencing Is Detrimental to Mule Deer and Other Wildlife May 11, 2019 North Dakota, John In The Wild

... Up here in North Dakota, our mule deer groups do a lot of dilapidated-fence removal, which benefits the mule deer by our removing barriers that prevent mule deer from having more access to more land. Some of the barbed wire we’re removing has been on the land for 75 years and is bent-down and wound-up. Unfortunately, sometimes mule deer get tangled in that wire...


Deer Season Set May 2, 2019 North Dakota, NDGF News

... North Dakota’s 2019 deer season is set, with 65,500 licenses available to hunters this fall, 10,350 more than last year. In total, antlered mule deer licenses increased by 450 from last year, antlerless mule deer by 700, antlered whitetail by 700, antlerless whitetail by 1,250, "any antlered" by 3,150 and "any antlerless" by 4,100...


Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete April 29, 2019 North Dakota, NDFG

... Mule deer numbers in western North Dakota are down from last year but remain 14 percent above the long-term average ... Overall mule deer density in the Badlands was 8.2 deer per square mile, compared with 10.3 in 2018.. mule deer have recovered nicely following winters of 2009-11 ..,


North Dakota 2018 Deer Season Summarized April 22, 2019 NDGF News

... A total of 48,717 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 31,350 deer during the 2018 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish made available 55,150 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 64 percent ..,


CWD, posting are top concerns April 11, 2019 North Dakota, Minot Daily News

... In response to the positive test for CWD on the deer found in Williston, Game and Fish harvested 52 deer from northwest North Dakota for the purpose of CWD testing. None of the deer tested positive for the disease...


Targeted deer near Williston test negative for chronic wasting disease April 4, 2019 North Dakota, inforum

... kill 52 deer ... With CWD now confirmed in 3B1 and neighboring Unit 3A1, where a mule deer buck tested positive for the disease last fall, Game and Fish now will sample the infected areas every year ...


Video below from North Dakota Game and Fish Department: Aerial white-tailed deer surveys are only conducted when the ground has lots of snow. - April 1, 2019

Deer Found Near Williston Tests Positive for CWD March 19, 2019 North Dakota, NDGF News

... A white-tailed deer found dead just south of Williston in late February has been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease ... The deer found near Williston is the first documented case of a mortality due to CWD in North Dakota. “All 14 previous detections were perfectly healthy-looking deer that were hunter-harvested before they got sick,” ..,


Hunting and Fishing Expenditure Report Finalized March 4, 2019 North Dakota, NSGF Report

... According to the report, resident hunters and anglers accounted for $846.8 million of total expenditures, while nonresidents contributed $127.6 million. Anglers spent $787.8 million and hunters $186.6 million. Residents spent a total of $486.4 million in rural areas, while nonresidents spent $89.6 million, for a grand total of $576 million ...


Study sheds light on ND deer hunter attitudes February 24, 2019 North Dakota, inforum

... A majority of archery deer hunters in North Dakota say they’d still prefer to hunt with a gun if they could draw a tag, and women make up 19 percent of the state’s gun hunters...


CWD poses most serious threat to future of deer herds and deer hunting in N.D. and elsewhere January 29, 2019 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... Since 2009, 14 CWD-positive deer have been found in North Dakota ... "There is no treatment or vaccine for CWD and once it's in an area, it's there indefinitely," ..,


Chronic wasting disease a growing threat to deer herds January 27, 2019 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... last spring a deer had tested positive for chronic wasting disease just a few miles into Canada north of Portal, N.D... As the University of Utah Learn Genetics Science Center says on its website, "you can't kill what isn't alive." So it is with the prions that cause CWD...


North Dakota issuing 607 nonresident deer bow licenses January 21, 2018 KSTP-TV

... The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year's mule deer gun license allocation...


North Dakota 2018 Year in Review January 2019, North Dakota Outdoors Magazine

... 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..,


Motivations and Satisfaction of North Dakota Deer Hunters During a Temporal Decline in Deer Populations KE Black, WF Jensen, R Newman, JR Boulanger - Human–Wildlife Interactions, 2018

... A majority (58%) of archery hunter applicants preferred to hunt deer with a gun; 42% preferred a bow. Respondents who preferred hunting with archery equipment were slightly more motivated by nature aspects of the hunt whereas those who preferred hunting with a gun placed slightly more value on social aspects. Among motivation ratings, social was rated similarly by females and males, and females rated meat as significantly more important for hunting deer...


Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in New Area of North Dakota December 21, 2018 NDGF News

... two of the positive deer were taken in unit 3F2, an area of North Dakota known to have CWD, the third was taken from Divide County in deer unit 3A1, previously considered free of CWD..,


Landowner hopes state program will get coyotes off her land December 11, 2018 North Dakota, myndnow.com

... "We have seen the deer carcasses out on the prairie here, when we have gone out to check the cows. . . so we know the coyotes are moving through," ...


No surprise, CWD found In northwest North Dakota December 8, 2018 North Dakota, Jamestown Sun

... North Dakota’s first CWD case was confirmed in 2009, when a mule deer shot by a hunter in 3F2 tested positive. Including this year’s two initial positives, that makes 11 cases of CWD in 3F2 and one likely case in 3A1..,


North Dakota border areas to be added to deer baiting ban December 5, 2018 WRAL

... aimed at limiting the potential spread of chronic wasting disease. The fatal disease is slowly growing among the state's population of white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose ...


CWD threatens state’s deer herd December 5, 2018 North Dakota, Minot Daily News

... “It effects big bucks the most,” said Casey Anderson, NDG&F Wildlife Division assistant chief. “It’s almost like a slow growing cancer in the population. We’re hoping to hold it back until there’s a reasonable solution.” Doing so seems like a long shot...


Deer population in better shape November 14, 2018 North Dakota, Jamestown Sun

... "While we hope to see changes in habitat and conservation programs to help influence and increase deer and other wildlife populations, it's very unlikely we'll see deer numbers like we did in the early to mid-2000s," ..,


Decades of Deer Hunting November 9, 2018 North Dakota, NDGF News

... In 1931 some two thousand big game licenses were sold to deer hunters [the first official deer season] ... [In 1945] The entire deer herd of North Dakota probably does not exceed 10,000 animals... the statewide deer population remained relatively stable through the 1960s and early 1970s ..,


Deer hunting tradition resumes Friday, but many don't get tags November 8, 2018 North Dakota, The Dickinson Press

... According to Game and Fish statistics, more than 113,000 prospective hunters applied for tags in the June lottery, and nearly 55,000 were unsuccessful..,


Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed November 5, 2018 North Dakota, NDGF News

... 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..,


North Dakota Deer Preview November 4, 2018 Grand Forks Herald

... After peaking in the mid-2000s, deer numbers plummeted during a series of three severe winters in the later part of the decade. Coupled with declining habitat, especially in the eastern part of the state, deer numbers in many areas have been slow to recover..,


Deer Hunting Season Outlook & Rules October 23, 2018 North Dakota, myndnow.com

... ccording to Greg Gullickson with Game and Fish - the outlook this year looks better than last years... mule deer - mostly found in the southwest part of the state are increasing. White tail deer across the state are also steadily increasing..,


Variety of South Dakota groups putting emphasis on recruiting new people to hunting October 20, 2018 inforum ·

... U.S. hunter numbers peaked at 17 million in 1982... decline to 14.1 million in 1991 and 11.5 million in 2016... The worry with fewer hunters is there will be less money to go toward conservation of wildlife. License fees and excise taxes on hunting goods are the main drivers to fund conservation ...


Video below from North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Chronic wasting disease affects deer, moose and elk. It is 100 percent fatal and has no treatment or vaccine. This disease spreads when sick animals shed prions through urine, feces, and saliva. These prions stay on the landscape and are infectious indefinitely. CWD in known to exist in hunting unit 3F2, and last year, an animal in Canada near the northwest North Dakota border tested positive for CWD. Learn what is being done to help control the spread of CWD in the state and what you can do to help these efforts in this week’s webcast.


Expanding GIS Analyses to Monitor and Assess North American Moose Distribution and Density [PDF] WF Jensen, JR Smith, M Carstensen, CE Penne … Biology and Management …, 2018 North Dakota

... we summarize 3 decades of North American moose (Alces alces) population and harvest densities collected at the management unit scale for the years 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010... Distributions in 2010 indicate that moose now occupy an area > 9,492,000 km in North America. We also identified that a core range of boreal habitat, only 30% of the occupied range across the continent, supports 89% of the estimated 1 million

moose in North America..,


North Dakota 2018 Deer Outlook August 31, 2018 NDGFD News

... White-tailed deer: Population and harvest data indicate that the state’s deer population is stable to increasing, but still well below management goals. Deer numbers remain below objectives in most hunting units due to prolonged effects of severe winters in 2008-09 and 2010-11, which not only increased adult mortality, but also reduced fawn production... Mule Deer: Mule deer in North Dakota’s badlands continue to show signs of recovery following the severe winters of 2008-10, which resulted in deer numbers declining by nearly 50 percent ...


More wildlife crossings proposed for Highway 85 expansion in western ND July 8, 2018 North Dakota, The Dickinson Press

... the North Dakota Department of Transportation is recommending two more underpasses on Highway 85 in the Badlands to accommodate bighorn sheep, mule deer and other animals... wildlife crossing near Williston ... Cameras that monitor the crossing have shown moose enter the underpass but they have not gone through it ...


Dog brings home rare two-headed deer in North Dakota July 6, 2018 North Dakota, KARE

... a whitetail doe was hit and killed by a vehicle on North Dakota Highway 1806, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department posted on its Facebook page on July 5. The dog apparently found the unborn fawn nearby and decided to bring it back home...


Deer Lottery Held, Antlerless Licenses Remain June 28, 2018 North Dakota, NDGF News,

... The first lottery application process – deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner – had more than 113,000 applicants, and just under 55,000 were unsuccessful..,


Habitat loss coincides with drop in pheasant, deer numbers June 14, 2018 North Dakota, The Bismarck Tribune

... 2007 ... a significant number of CRP contracts involving hundreds of thousands of acres established in the early to mid-1990s started to expire... At the same time ... Game and Fish Department biologists and state legislators were feeling pressure from farmers, ranchers ... to reduce the deer herd, so license numbers were set with the intent to reduce deer numbers in many units...

More deer licenses available this year in North Dakota May 15, 2018 Valley News Live

... 55,150 licenses available to hunters this fall, 650 more than last year. In total, antlered mule deer licenses increased by 150 from last year, antlerless mule deer by 550, antlered whitetail by 150 and antlerless whitetail by 150..,


Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete May 7, 2018 North Dakota, NDGF News

... western North Dakota’s mule deer population is similar to last year, and 45 percent above the long-term average. Biologists counted 2,540 mule deer in 245.8 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in the badlands was 10.3 deer per square mile, compared to 10.9 in 2017..,


More pollinator projects find roots in Fargo-Moorhead May 5, 2018 North Dakota,

Bismarck Tribune

... to ensure that native pollinators have access to certain plants.... these projects will aim to restore native grasses and wildflowers that can be pollinated by a variety of species including bees, butterflies, bats, deer, turkeys and hummingbirds...


A refresher course on North Dakota's deer lottery system May 1, 2018 Grand Forks Herald

... uses a system called a "weighted lottery" to distribute deer licenses. Basically, the system gives hunters who have not drawn their first choice of license for a year or more a better chance at drawing a license than someone who got their first choice last year... If you fail to draw your first license choice in any given year, you receive a bonus point...


Subpar 2017 Hunter Success Could Impact 2018 Deer Licenses April 30, 2018 North Dakota, U.S. News & World Report

... About 49,400 hunters bagged about 30,100 deer during last fall's season, making the overall success rate 61 percent. It was the second straight year of a decrease, from the recent high of 68 percent in 2015...


Deer issues dominate Game and Fish meeting April 15, 2018 North Dakota, The Dickinson Press

... Game and Fish is mandated to hold the meetings twice a year in each of the state's eight Advisory Board districts... 13,402 landowners applied for gratis deer tags last year ... Some hunters who don't own land may not like the gratis system, but all of the gratis laws are set by the Legislature... less than 5 percent of land in North Dakota is public ...


ND farmer pleads guilty to shooting deer eating grain April 13, 2018 North Dakota, AGDAILY

... will not be allowed to hunt for two years after pleading guilty to illegally killing deer in his fields. In addition to losing his hunting privileges, Daryl Klein, 62, of Balta, was fined $2,825 and must forfeit a rifle with scope ...


Balta Man Sentenced for Illegally Killing Multiple Deer April 11, 2018 North Dakota, U.S. News & World Report

... about 20 dead deer ... ordered to pay more than $2,800 in restitution and fees and had his hunting privileges suspended for two years...


North Dakota 2017 Deer Season Summarized March 26, 2018 NDGF News

A total of 49,407 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 30,100 deer during the 2017 deer gun hunting season ... Hunter success for antlered white-tailed deer was 66 percent, and antlerless whitetail was 61 percent. Mule deer buck success was 83 percent, and antlerless mule deer was 86 percent..,


Dry Winter is helping deer population March 13, 2018 North Dakota, MYNDNOW

... "Last year . . . some parts of the state saw 60 -plus inches of snow. This year we are no where near that," ... easier time finding food... main concern is that the streams and creeks that dried up during the drought over the Summer, won't be able to replenish themselves with the lack of snowfall..,


2017 Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Elk Harvests February 26, 2018 North Dakota, NDGF News

... The department issued 245 moose licenses last year. Of that total, 240 hunters harvested 221 animals – 138 bulls and 83 cows/calves... The department issued 400 elk licenses last year. Of that total, 362 hunters harvested 211 elk – 112 bulls and 99 cows/calves ..,


First of DAPL deer poaching cases resolved February 23, 2018 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... deer poaching at the Dakota Access protest camps ... social media from December 2016 showed LeClaire and co-defendant Sean Carney butchering an untagged deer...



Deer pictured with rival's severed head on its antlers February 17, 2018 North Dakota, Metro

... ‘My guess he ripped it (head) off,’ Mr Brown said. ‘I can’t imagine the coyotes got him and not the one that was alive ...


CWD Not Spreading in North Dakota February 13, 2018 Elk Network

... 11 cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer since 2009 ... Ten of those 11 cases turned up in a five-square-mile area in Unit 3F2 in the southern part of the state along the border of South Dakota..,


2 bucks have been found in North Dakota this winter with severed deer heads caught in antlers February 10, 2018 gomn.com

... a trail cam captured footage dating back to late December of a buck dragging around the decapitated head of another deer in its antlers near Walhalla...The cause of both deer deaths is subject to speculation...


More about moose February 5, 2018 North Dakota, KFGO

... In the last 12 years, moose numbers have declined in the Pembina Hills area... “The primary reason for the decline in moose populations on the eastern side of the state is brain worm,” [Jason Smith, Game and Fish big game management biologist] ..,


Winter Spares ND Wildlife Thus Far February 4, 2018 North Dakota, Wahpeton Daily News

... this winter has been a vast improvement over the previous one ... things are going well for the state’s deer herds and healthy animals have a good chance of making it through the year. ...


Two Deer Test Positive for CWD January 29, 2018 North Dakota, NDGF News

A whitetail buck and a mule deer doe, taken during the 2017 deer gun season from unit 3F2 in southwestern North Dakota, have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian for the state Game and Fish Department. Since 2009, the total now stands at 11 deer to test positive for CWD in North Dakota, and all were from within unit 3F2...

Entangled bucks show nature's cruelty January 28, 2018 North Dakota, West Central Tribune

... The antlers and severed head hang from the rack of the living buck...The buck stayed in the area, dragging the severed head of its sparring foe, for a couple of weeks.the clean cut that severed the buck's head from its body. "This was not likely done by predators,...


Great Plains Deer Herd Update 2017 December 6, 2017 Kansas, Game & Fish

... North Dakota is coming off a series of devastating deer die-offs from several hard winters... part of central western North Dakota still has depressed deer numbers...


Deer hunters vent their frustrations at Game and Fish Department meeting in Grand Forks December 3, 2017 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... We're not going to get back to levels people would like," Williams said of deer and license numbers. "Is this what we're going to have to get used to? At this point in time, yes. I get it, we're not meeting the public's expectations."...

Calendar for deer gun season can vary slightly November 23, 2017 North Dakota, Bismarck Tribune

... For a six-season stretch beginning in 2004, when Game and Fish made available more than 145,000 deer licenses, habitat conditions on the landscape were outstanding, at the same time that the state benefited from more than a decade of moderate to mild winters, which is unusual for North Dakota..,


Restrictions imposed for North Dakotans hunting in Montana November 21, 2017 North Dakota, Billings Gazette

... The discovery of chronic wasting disease in deer in Montana means restrictions for North Dakota residents who hunt deer and elk there... found in a deer in North Dakota for the first time in 2009...


North Dakota deer hunting season getting underway November 10, 2017 North Dakota, Minneapolis Star Tribune

... a record 149,400 licenses were issued just nine years ago. But the days when deer hunting licenses in North Dakota exceeded 100,000 are gone due to a steady loss of habitat, and even reaching a 2015-set goal of 75,000 annual licenses is "probably a little bit on the lofty side ...


Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed November 6, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF News

... Biologists counted 2,548 (3,003 in 2016) mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The buck-to-doe ratio of 0.32 (0.48 in 2016) was lower than the long-term average of 0.43 bucks per doe, while the fawn-to-doe ratio of 0.76 (0.90 in 2016) was down from the long-term average of 0.91 fawns per doe...


Habitat Loss, Season has potential for tag holders November 5, 2017 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... For the second time in as many years, Game and Fish this year increased the number of deer gun licenses available around the state... The early 2000s likely will go down as "the good old days," ... acreage enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program declines and less habitat is available for deer and other wildlife..,


Video Below: What do you do when you have a major highway for vehicles and a major corridor for wildlife that intersect? One option is to build a wildlife crossing. Learn more in this week’s segment of North Dakota Outdoors. - October 16, 2017 North Dakota Fish and Game

ND Deer Herd Fared Well, Habitat Concerns Loom October 13, 2017 North Dakota, Sidney Herald Leader

... The north central portion of the state, which received the brunt of last winter’s snow, stayed about even in terms of its deer population and management goals coming into spring ... were slight population increases in the southeastern and southwestern corners ... drought doesn’t appear to be a major factor affecting mule deer ... fawn survival decreases with loss of CRP and habitat in general ..,


2017 North Dakota Hunting Outlook October 5, 2017 Outdoor Forum

... 2017 as a time when drought returned to North Dakota... winter 2016-17 was going to wind up as the worst on record, it stopped snowing... rain didn’t come [in spring] ..,



2017 Great Plains Deer Forecast September 19, 2017 North Dakota

Game & Fish

... Deer numbers in the western two-thirds of North Dakota are increasing, while being down somewhat or stable in the eastern third ... wetlands are being drained and habitat destroyed for crop fields..,


There are rules and regulations to deal with chronic wasting disease September 19, 2017 North Dakota, INFORUM

... The first North Dakota deer with CWD was detected in 2009 in unit 3F2. Since then eight more deer have tested positive, all of them also within unit 3F2..,


A little Game and Fish Department history August 1, 2017 North Dakota, INFORUM

... The deer harvest for 1941 was estimated at 2,890 ... deer population was estimated at 7,000-8,000 animals... first elk transplant took place in late winter 1942... from Wyoming ...


Fargo's 11th annual urban deer hunt sets new record May 12, 2017 North Dakota, KFGO

... 49 deer were harvested in Fargo's 11th annual 2016-2017 urban deer hunt. That's a new record...


Deer Season Set, Online Apps Available May 10, 2017 North Dakota, NDGFD News

North Dakota’s 2017 deer season is set with 54,500 licenses available to hunters this fall, 5,500 more than last year. The number of licenses available for 2017 includes 2,750 for antlered mule deer, an increase of 200 from last year; 1,022 for muzzleloader, an increase of 94 from last year; and 245 restricted youth antlered mule deer, an increase of 20 from last year ...


New Legislation May 1, 2017 North Dakota, NDGFD News

... HB 1025 – Provides a guideline for the Director to allocate big game hunting licenses to eligible organization ... HB 1150 – Allows a resident of North Dakota, who does not want to receive a hunting license issued by lottery, to purchase a bonus point for a fee ... HB 1204 – Reduces the age from 16 to 12 to qualify for an apprentice hunter validation license ...


Nearly all mule deer hunting restrictions being lifted April 28, 2017 North Dakota

Kansas City Star

... Hunting of mule deer females was banned in North Dakota for four straight seasons beginning in 2012, to help the population recover following a string of harsh winters in the late-2000s. Last year, it was allowed in five of eight western hunting units. This year, doe hunting will be allowed in all but one of the eight units ...


Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete April 24, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF News

... western North Dakota’s mule deer population has increased 16 percent from last year. Biologists counted 3,349 mule deer in 306.3 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in the badlands was 10.9 deer per square mile, which is up from 9.4 deer per square mile in 2016...


2016 Deer Season Summarized April 17, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF News

A total of 44,140 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 29,300 deer during the 2016 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish made available 49,000 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 66 percent ...


DAPL deer poachers identified March 10, 2017 North Dakota, Minot Daily News

... Warrants for arrest have been issued for four men for poaching deer in or near the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp near the mouth of the Cannonball River...

Deer poaching charges filed in Dakota Access protest camp incidents March 9, 2016 North Dakota, Bemidji Pioneer

... Charges have been filed in connection with two deer poaching incidents that occurred in November and December in or near the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp in Morton County ... the men likely have left the state ... [video]


2016 Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Elk Harvests March 6, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF News

... overall hunter success during the 2016 season for bighorn sheep was 100 percent, 97 percent for moose and 56 percent for elk... A total of 200 moose licenses were issued last year. Of that total, 192 hunters harvested 187 animals – 121 bulls and 66 cows/calves... The department issued 348 elk licenses last year. Of that total, 324 hunters harvested 179 elk – 102 bulls and 77 cows/calves..,


Winter may not have been so harsh for wildlife March 5, 2017 North Dakota, INFORUM

... December, with its triple-whammy of cold, snow and wind ... No doubt there were losses to high-profile species such as deer and pheasants. "Not very often can you say thank goodness for January and February, but that was kind of the case this year," ... feared a repeat of severe winters such as 1996-97 and 2009-10 ...



Bill would allow 11-year-olds to get a license, others focus on aging hunters January 28, 2017 North Dakota, Jamestown Sun

... House Bill 1204 ...would reduce the minimum age from 16 to 12 for someone who doesn’t possess a hunter safety course certification of completion ... youth who turn 11 ... deer permit valid for only youth hunting season ...


Two Deer Test Positive for CWD January 23, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF News

A mule deer doe and a mule deer buck taken during the 2016 deer gun season from unit 3F2 in southwestern North Dakota have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian for the State Game and Fish Department. Since 2009, the total now stands at nine deer to test positive for CWD and all were from within unit 3F2...


2016 in Review, Mule Deer Continue Rebound January 2017 North Dakota, NDGF News

... The mule deer population continues to recover following the devastating winters of 2008-11, with its third consecutive year of fawn production near or above the long-term average. From 2012-15, Game and Fish did not issue any antlerless mule deer licenses in eight badlands hunting units....


Wildlife Feeding Concerns January 9, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF

... Providing feed such as corn, which is high in sugar and starch, can lead to acidosis, rumentis and ultimately death. ... “One alternative to feeding wildlife is for individuals, landowners or wildlife clubs to plow open areas of harvested grain or row crop fields to allow animals to gain access to waste grains ...These areas are also the first areas to melt off when we get a break in the weather.” ...


Wildlife species face harsh winter January 8, 2017 North Dakota, Aberdeen News

... deer are already in survival mode which is much earlier than in most winters. Deer are already showing signs of stress, a cause of concern for wildlife biologists at a time when the state's deer herd was beginning to rebound ...


Video Below: ND Game and Fish Looking for Info on Apparent Deer Poaching Incident January 4, 2017 North Dakota

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently obtained the accompanying video (CAUTION: This video contains some graphic images and language) and is releasing it to the public and media in an effort to get more information on this event, and to identify the individuals involved in an apparent illegal killing of a whitetail buck. Based on current information, the incident took place during the fall of 2016 on the north side of the Cannonball River west of the ND Highway 1806 bridge over the Cannonball, in the vicinity of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps.

This raw, unedited video is approximately 7 minutes long and shows several individuals pulling a whitetail buck that was struggling in the river, to the shore and apparently killing it by stabbing it, and then holding its nose in the mud to suffocate it.

Anyone with information on the possible identity of any individual in this video, or any other information, is urged to contact the Game and Fish enforcement division at 701-328-6604, or call the Report All Poachers hotline at 800-472 2121, or email swinkelman@nd.gov. RAP calls are anonymous, and can lead to rewards for information that leads to convictions.

Winter's impact on wildlife concerns ND Game and Fish officials January 4, 2017 North Dakota, INFORUM

... a lot of snow spread across a wide swath of North Dakota... We're close to being on pace with the winters of 1996-97 and 2008-09, and when you mention those two years, I just cringe because they were bad for wildlife ...


Wildlife Stressed, Snowmobile Riders Stay Clear December 30, 2016 North Dakota, Game and Fish News

With significant snow storms dropping record to near-record snowfall on much of the state the past several weeks, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds snowmobile enthusiasts to stay clear of wildlife and its habitat so animals do not suffer additional stress... Reports of dying or dead deer are not uncommon in tough winters, and this holds true this winter as well... Observers witnessing harassment or chasing of wildlife are encouraged to call the Report All Poachers hotline at 800-472-2121.


Utility worker stops to help deer blinded by snow and ice after North Dakota blizzard December 10, 2016 North Dakota, Duluth News Tribune

... “I found this doe stumbling around and falling down,” Harr said. “I noticed her face was completely covered in ice.” ...


Coyotes are 'here to stay' in North Dakota November 29, 2016 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... "Coyotes and fox don't get along any more than wolves and coyotes. They're very territorial and almost wiped the fox out... deer ... are feeling the impact of declines in CRP habitat that sheltered fawns from coyotes and other predators...


Deer hunting success will require walking November 23, 2016 North Dakota, Bismarck Tribune

... The department issued 49,000 licenses for this season. While that’s 5,725 more than last year, it’s a far cry from the more than 100,000 that were issued annually from 2001 to 2011...


Wildlife refuges opening to upland game hunting November 15, 2016 North Dakodta, INFORUM

... For many years, these refuges did not allow any hunting or fishing, but eventually they have incorporated some hunting, as well as fishing access, as long as those activities don't conflict with each refuge's primary purpose of providing a protected resting area for migrating waterfowl...


Hillsboro deer to be euthanized in face of regulations, costs November 12, 2016 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... a fenced-in quarter acre of land that housed about eight whitetail deer... at the park since the late 1970s ... would either have to update the fence or euthanize the deer... Someone needs to look after the deer... "You'll never find anyone who will take better care of those deer than Ed did," ...


Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed October 31, 2016 North Dakota, NDGF

Biologists counted 3,003 (2,157 in 2015) mule deer in the annual aerial survey in October. The buck-to-doe ratio of 0.48 (0.42 in 2015) is higher than the long-term average of 0.43 bucks per doe, while the fawn-to-doe ratio of 0.90 (0.84 in 2015) is the same as the long-term average. Big game management supervisor Bruce Stillings said the mule deer population continues to recover nicely following the devastating winters of 2008-10, with its third consecutive year of fawn production near or above the long-term average...


More deer hunters in ND fields this year, but demand continues to outpace supply October 30, 2016 North Dakota, INFORUM

... "If you look at long-term trends for each unit and what that unit historically has been able to produce, we're losing habitat ... 49,000 deer gun tags, a slight increase from last year ... More than 102,000 people applied for deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner tags, and more than 51,000 were unsuccessful ...


Mixed bag for deer hunters in North Dakota October 30, 2016 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... white-tailed deer numbers south and west of the Missouri River are "pretty good," and mule deer numbers in the west continue to rebound. Farther east, the whitetail outlook is less favorable... Last year, a total of 39,470 North Dakota deer hunters took about 26,700 deer during the gun season for a success rate of nearly 68 percent...


Survey sheds light on ND deer management October 28, 2016 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... Historically, North Dakota hunting regulations and policy have been guided, in part, by a series of statewide public meetings Game and Fish conducts twice a year. While beneficial, the meetings sometimes are poorly attended or dominated by people with a specific agenda ...


Some answers for the upcoming deer hunting season October 25, 2016 North Dakota, INFORUM

... Hunters cannot transport a carcass containing the head and spinal column outside of Unit 3F2 unit unless it's taken to a state-inspected meat processor within five days of the harvest date... Unit 3F2 is where all seven deer that have been confirmed with CWD in North Dakota since 2009 were taken by hunters...


CWD Surveillance Continues October 24, 2016 North Dakota NDGF News

The State Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2016 hunting season, by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis from 13 units in North Dakota. In addition, all moose and elk harvested in the state are eligible for testing.

Samples from hunter-harvested deer taken in the eastern portion of the state will be tested from units 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F1, 2F2, 2G, 2G1, 2G2 and 2L. In addition, deer will be tested from unit 3F2 in the southwest. Every head sampled must have either the deer tag attached, or a new tag can be filled out with the license number, deer hunting unit and date harvested....



Deer licenses pose dilemma for North Dakota's young hunters October 2, 2016 INFORUM

... only 49,000 deer gun licenses available statewide ... deer license numbers in North Dakota are down drastically from the early to mid 2000s, when Game and Fish was under the gun from state lawmakers to reduce deer populations...


All 49,000 deer gun hunting licenses issued in North Dakota September 28, 2016 North Dakota, Washington Times

...the 49,000 deer gun licenses allocated for this year’s hunting season have all been issued...


Mountain lion predation and livestock September 25, 2016 North Dakota, CattleNetwork.com

... Of the 14 animals evaluated ... Half of the cougars had either mule deer or white-tailed deer in their system. Other native species found in the intestines included jackrabbits, porcupines, beavers, badgers, minks and other rodents. Porcupine remains were found in two of the animals and 87 percent of the cougars had porcupine quills in their skin or flesh...


North Dakota Petroleum Council Donates $10,000 to Mule Deer Foundation September 23, 2016 Private Land Conservation Efforts

... MDF worked closely with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGF), conservation partners, and rancher Byron Richards to enroll 22,000 contiguous acres in North Dakota’s Private Lands Open to Sportsmen (PLOTS) program ...