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ND deer gun season numbers rise

From North Dakota Game and Fish Department

North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 34,500 deer during the 2012 deer gun hunting season, indicating their success rate improved.  However, Randy Kreil, wildlife chief, said this past season’s rate of 63 percent bounced back from an all time low of 51 percent in 2011.

“The 63 percent clip is fairly good, but still below the long-term average of around 70 percent,” he added. “In addition, the number of days spent hunting is still higher than usual, which is expected with lower deer populations.”

More than 95 percent of the 65,150 deer gun licenses made available in 2012 were issued. Individual hunters spent an average of 4.4 days afield.

Hunter success for antlered white-tailed deer was 76 percent, and antlerless whitetail was 62 percent.

Mule deer buck success was 81 percent. No mule deer doe licenses were issued in 2012.

Hunters with any-antlered or any-antlerless licenses almost exclusively harvest white-tailed deer. Buck and doe hunters each had a success rate of 64 percent.

The department is developing license recommendations for 2013. In addition to winter aerial surveys, populations are monitored, including deer-vehicle collision reports, depredation reports and hunter and landowner observations to determine license numbers.

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