North Dakota Population and Management Archive - North Dakota

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Annual Deer Hunt

1941: 2,890

[graph of 1975 to 2001]

2000*: 77,000

2001*: 63,000


2003: 92,000

2004: 98,500

2005:

2006: 109,676

2007: 107,421

2008: 100,327

2009: 83,910

2010: 73,000

2011: 49,462

2012: 34,555

2013: 32,725

2014: 32,702

2015: 36,407

2016: 45,385

2017: 45,413

2018: 63,812

2019: 52,072

2020: 39,322


*estimated from graph


Deer gun hunter success rates have been: 66% in 2016, 60% in 2014, 55% in 2013, 63% in 2012, 52 percent in 2011, 64 percent in 2010, 59 percent in 2009.


2010 Deer Management Plan, includes graph of license sales 1933 to 2008 and population analysis by area


2012 Population Status Report


In 2012 32,499 WTD and 2,056 mule deer


N.D. Deer Licenses issued, p. 4 in Managing Deer Hunter Expectations, 2015


2016 Moose and Elk Harvest


2017 Moose and Elk Harvest


A List of Articles in the Archive

..........2021

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

Deer Herds Strong at Midseason February 3, 2021 North Dakota

North Dakota 2020 Deer Season Summarized April 19, 2021

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

.........2020

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

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

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

North Dakota 2019 Deer Season Summarized March 30, 2020

North Dakota Deer Season Outlook September 2, 2020

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

Studying mountain lions in North Dakota January 12, 2021

........2019

Deer Season Set May 2, 2019 North Dakota

Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed November 4, 2019 North Dakota

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

North Dakota 2018 Deer Season Summarized April 22, 2019

North Dakota 2018 Year in Review January 2019

Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete April 29, 2019 North Dakota

.......2018

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

2017 North Dakota Deer Season Summarized, March 26, 2018

Decades of Deer Hunting November 9, 2018 North Dakota

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

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

Expanding GIS Analyses to Monitor and Assess North American Moose Distribution and Density 2018

Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed November 5, 2018 North Dakota

More about moose February 5, 2018 North Dakota

North Dakota 2017 Deer Season Summarized March 26, 2018

North Dakota 2018 Deer Outlook August 31, 2018

Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete May 7, 2018 North Dakota

......2017

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

2016 Deer Season Summarized April 17, 2017 North Dakota

2017 Great Plains Deer Forecast September 19, 2017 North Dakota

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

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

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

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

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

New Legislation May 1, 2017 North Dakota

Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete April 24, 2017 North Dakota

.....2016

2015 Deer Season Summarized April 4, 2016 North Dakota

2015 Deer Season Summarized April 4, 2016 North Dakota,

2015 Moose and Elk Harvests February 29, 2016 North Dakota

2016 North Dakota Non-Resident Any Deer Bow Licenses January 5, 2016 North Dakota

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

Deer Season Set, Online Apps Available May 4 May 3, 2016 Nort Dakota

Deer, pronghorn remain in rebuilding mode in 2016 January 10, 2016 North Dakota

Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed October 31, 2016 North Dakota

Help save the iconic mule deer February 11, 2016 North Dakota

How weather affects hunting January 7, 2016 North Dakota

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

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

ND lawmakers set sights on special hunting licenses February 4, 2016 North Dakota,

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

Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete April 25, 2016 North Dakota

Wildlife Feeding Concerns January 9, 2017 North Dakota

....2015

2014 Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Elk Harvests February 13, 2015 North Dakota

2014 Deer Season Summarized March 16, 2015 North Dakota

2014 Deer Season Summarized March 16, 2015 North Dakota, NDGF

2015: The year in the outdoors December 27, 2015 North Dakota

All deer gun licenses issued in North Dakota for fall hunt September 21, 2015 North Dakota

Deer discussion dominates meeting April 12, 2015 North Dakota

Deer hunting season kicks off Sunday October 30, 2015 North Dakota

Deer Hunting: Fewer tags, better quality? November 1, 2015 North Dakota

Deer Season Set, Online Apps Available May 6, 2015 North Dakota

Deer, Celebrating 125 Years Outdoors 2015 North Dakota

Demand for pronghorn hunting licenses high in North Dakota August 31, 2015 North Dakota

Don't count conservation out in N.D. April 6, 2015 North Dakota

Elk and Moose Seasons Set, No Bighorn Sheep Season March 3, 2015 North Dakota

Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed November 2, 2015 North Dakota

Fewer licenses designed to get deer population headed back in right direction May 20, 2015 North Dakota

Fish, wildlife managers weigh in on mild winter February 19, 2015 North Dakota

GFP Commission Adopts Licenses for Special Buck Season January 16, 2015

Lowest Number of Deer Tags Given in 40 Years November 5, 2015 North Dakota

MDC uses computer and satellite technology for deer study April 7, 2015 North Dakota

More North Dakota land being dedicated to wildlife habitat August 20, 2015

Mule deer does in badlands off limits for 4th straight year May 4, 2015 North Dakota,

Mule deer recovering in Badlands December 10, 2015 North Dakota,

N.D. deer hunting success rises slightly in 2014 March 22, 2015 North Dakota

N.D. Game and Fish hopes to increase number of deer gun licenses to 75,000 November 18, 2015 North Dakota,

N.D. Game and Fish prepares for paperless licensing May 21, 2015 North Dakota

ND to study climate change impacts on wildlife June 14, 2015

NDGF revisits deer license goals April 12, 2015 North Dakota

North Dakota Cuts Deer Tags Again May 7, 2015

Popularity of deer hunting remains king October 14, 2015 North Dakota,

Predicting mule deer recruitment from climate oscillations for harvest management on the northern Great Plains S Ciuti, WF Jensen, SE Nielsen, MS Boyce

Pronghorn Hunters Successful in 2014 February 13, 2015 North Dakota,

Small number of North Dakota deer licenses remain August 7, 2015 North Dakota

Spring Mule Deer Count Complete April 27, 2015 North Dakota

Trying to bring deer numbers back May 22, 2015 North Dakota

Upping North Dakota hunter success rates April 9, 2015

Wildlife citations up sharply in North Dakota oil patch November 2, 2015 North Dakota

Wolf bill, pronghorn hunters, bowhunters, elk, moose and deer February 14, 2015 North Dakota

...2014

2007 Peak Population. Another year of choices for deer hunters, decline of deer population May 29, 2014 North Dakota

2010-2014 Deer Population Information October 29, 2014 North Dakota

2013 Deer Gun Season Summarized March 17, 2014 North Dakota, NDGF

2013 Year in Review, Deer Numbers Licenses Fall January 2014 North Dakota, NDGF

4 Places Where Hunters Are Working to Protect Game Animals October 15, 2014 North Dakota

A 'normal' deer season? October 23, 2014 North Dakota

A tradition continues, deer licenses fall November 16, 2014 North Dakota,

All Deer Gun Licenses Issued October 29, 2014 North Dakota

Current ND Deer License System Will Continue for 2015 December 18, 2014 North Dakota

Deer declining in state October 4, 2014 North Dakota

Deer licenses decline in 2014 May 2, 2014 North Dakota

Deer licensing may draw lively debate December 2, 2014 North Dakota

Deer lottery held; more than 2300 doe tags remain August 4, 2014 North Dakota

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

Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed November 5, 2014 North Dakota

Game and Fish Dept. to put on deer management meetings February 11, 2014 North Dakota

Game and Fish Reduces Deer Licenses September 16, 2014 North Dakota

Game and Fish to Livestream Final Deer Management Meeting February 25, 2014

Game and Fish to Maintain Current Deer License System December 18, 2014 North Dakota

Game and Fish to Recommend One Deer License in 2015 November 6, 2014 North Dakota,

It's not easy keeping up with cavalcade of fall outdoors data, mule deer December 10, 2014 North Dakota

Keeping things in perspective December 25, 2014 North Dakota

Krapp honored for work by Mule Deer Foundation February 27, 2014 North Dakota

Limited Pronghorn Season to Open July 15, 2014 North Dakota

Looking back through the year of 2014 December 31, 2014 North Dakota,

Lowest number of deer tags offered in more than 30 years April 29, 2014 North Dakota

Managing North Dakota's “NEW” Deer Population April 7, 2014

Meetings to focus on deer management February 16, 2014 North Dakota,

Mule deer population rebounds in western ND April 29, 2014 North Dakota

N.D. wildlife faces challenge to reproduce April 26, 2014 North Dakota

ND Game and Fish sets deer management meetings January 19, 2014 North Dakota

ND, SD partner on whitetail study: Crew puts radio-collars on 150 does March 16, 2014 North Dakota

North Dakota Game and Fish collar 106 mule deer in initial year February 6, 2014

North Dakota habitat loss must be stopped May 19, 2014

North Dakota mule deer on the rise June 29, 2013

One-deer proposal is questionable November 12, 2014 North Dakota

Outcry causes Game and Fish to drop deer license proposal December 21, 2014 North Dakota,

Outlook on deer situation remains bleak February 23, 2014 North Dakota

Reviewing 2014 with an outdoors twist December 31, 2014 North Dakota

Search for a deer solution February 14, 2014 North Dakota

Search for a deer solution February 14, 2014 North Dakota

State can celebrate 125 years of wildlife October 23, 2014 North Dakota,

Tracking mulies April 24, 2014 North Dakota

Why does a deer's coat change colors over the year January 19, 2014 North Dakota

Wildlife faces major hurdles May 1, 2014 North Dakota

Wildlife Impacted by Bakken Shale Play December 21, 2014 North Dakota

Wildlife managers in N.D., Minnesota reduce hunting opportunities in effort to rebuild deer herds November 3, 2014 North Dakota

Wildlife questions: Search for a deer solution March 2, 2014 North Dakota

..2013

2012 archery season recap-a record August 12, 2013 North Dakota

2013 deer season will have challenges November 7, 2013 North Dakota

A different type of deer season on tap for ND November 7, 2013 North Dakota

A new reality for deer hunters? Lower Deer Numbers November 21, 2013

Deer success rates improve after all-time low in 2011 March 21, 2013 North Dakota

Fall mule deer survey November 4, 2013 North Dakota

Fewer deer licenses available again this year April 29, 2013 North Dakota

G&F Forecast: Best Bets for Great Plains Deer Hunting in 2013 October, 2013

Habitat a key factor in maintaining wildlife December 17, 2013 North Dakota

Hunters waiting for start of deer season, 2012 deer harvest April 25, 2013 North Dakota

Hunting outlook 2013 September 11, 2013 North Dakota

Managing deer is like a pendulum August 25, 2013 North Dakota

Mountain Lion Study On Track in North Dakota May 22, 2013 North Dakota

Mule deer increase in North Dakota but still below average May 28, 2013

Mule deer up despite harsh weather June 6, 2013 North Dakota

N.D. Game and Fish Department: Statewide deer meetings on tap for February, declining deer population December 15, 2013 North Dakota

N.D. offers lowest number of deer tags in 30 years November 3, 2013 North Dakota

ND to have just 180 nonresident any-deer bow licenses January 17, 2013 North Dakota

NDGF Department proposes another cut in deer licenses May 2, 2013 North Dakota

North Dakota Deer Season 2013: Hunting Forecast October 4, 2013

North Dakota Deer Season Set May 8, 2013

North Dakota oil boom affecting wildlife, public lands September 3, 2013

North Dakota Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete May 24, 2013

Optimism can be found despite reduction in deer licenses, declining deer population May 28, 2013

Researchers fit deer with radio-collars February 3, 2013 North Dakota

Researchers study effects of oil drilling on North Dakota wildlife March 10, 2013 North Dakota

Settling a dispute, deer depredation January 14, 2013 North Dakota

The deer are not here December 29, 2013 North Dakota

Units in SW ND see increase in deer licenses May 9, 2013 North Dakota

Wildlife get another break this winter February 21, 2013 North Dakota

.2012

2012 North Dakota deer season set with 40 percent fewer deer licenses May 7, 2012

2012 North Dakota deer season stats March 18, 2013 North Dakota

Decline in deer tags this year for North Dakota November 11, 2012

Deer and coyotes overshadow oil issues at NDGF meetings, mule deer decline December 2, 2012 North Dakota

Deer numbers are down, applicants also down September 27, 2012 North Dakota

Deer telemetry study gets underway in northeast ND March 18, 2012 North Dakota

Doe with quad fawns had bad heart, teeth August 19, 2012 North Dakota

Has oil affected ND mule deer? Foundation to research and offer answer January 27, 2012 North Dakota

How well can oil development, wildlife co-exist? November 27, 2012 North Dakota

Lack of snow hampers aerial surveys March 21, 2012 North Dakota

Leier: 2012 will be remembered for unusual conditions December 18, 2012 North Dakota

Mule deer production remains low in North Dakota November 12, 2012 North Dakota

Mule Deer Production Remains Low November 9, 2012 North Dakota

Mule deer study planned February 3, 2012 North Dakota

ND deer hunting success improves, but lags below average in 2012 April 28, 2013 North Dakota

ND Deer Rifle Season Wraps Up November 25, 2012

ND responsible for...where the deer and the antelope play January 15, 2012 North Dakota

North Dakota Collaring Study November 29, 2012

North Dakota Deer October 25, 2012

Number of Deer Hunters in North Dakota November 5, 2012

Short a few bucks, does: Area hunters to get fewer licenses after three rough winters shrink state's deer population May 9, 2012 North Dakota

Wildlife managers detail expected losses if Game and Fish Fund withers March 28, 2012 North Dakota

2011

2011 deer season set for North Dakota « North Dakota Outdoors and ... May 10, 2011 North Dakota

2011 spring mule deer survey May 9, 2011 North Dakota Population By dougleier

CRP and wildlife: 'Where has it all gone?' December 10, 2011 North Dakota

Deer are down October 27, 2011 North Dakota

Game and Fish hears about too few deer, too many coyotes December 4, 2011 North Dakota

Harsh winters, habitat loss hurts Plains hunting December 30, 2011 North Dakota

Mule Deer Production Lowest on Record October 31, 2011 North Dakota

ND Game and Fish Department director: 2011 was a 'challenging year December 15, 2011 North Dakota

NDGF to offer fewer deer tags across the state this fall May 15, 2011 North Dakota

Number of deer licenses lowest since 2001 May 10, 2011 North Dakota

Radio-collared deer study helps out Game and Fish February 17, 2011 North Dakota

Recap of 2010 deer season « North Dakota Outdoors and beyond April 5, 2011

So far, so good: Wildlife coping with winter OK to this point January 16, 2011 North Dakota Population

Time is running out! 2011 deer deadline « North Dakota Outdoors... June 7, 2011

White-tailed Deer Study Helps Biologists June 6, 2011 North Dakota

High-fence 'hunting' violates North Dakota outdoor heritage October 18, 2010 North Dakota

Mule deer numbers steady November 1, 2010 North Dakota

NORTH DAKOTA Deer Forecast 2004

Rural Economic Effects Of The Conservation Reserve Program In North Dakota January 2002

State Game and Fish Department reports record deer hunt - Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Vote to Abolish Fenced Hunting Preserves Fails November 4, 2010 North Dakota

Voters Shoot Down Proposed Hunting Ban November 3, 2010 North Dakota