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North Dakota Evaluates 2007 Deer Season

From North Dakota Game and Fish Department

-- North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 100,000 deer during the 2007 hunting season, according to statistics released by the state Game and Fish Department.

Deer gun hunters harvested more than 98,100 deer, muzzleloader hunters took more than 1,000, and youth hunters accounted for more than 1,400. Deer bow statistics are not yet available.

The overall hunter success rate was 74 percent.

Hunter success for antlered white-tailed deer was 79 percent, and antlerless whitetail was 71 percent.

Mule deer buck success was 77 percent, while mule deer doe hunters had a success rate of 81 percent.

The success rate for young hunters during the nine-and-a-half day youth season was 45 percent. However, combined with the success rate by youth license holders during the regular season, overall success jumped to 80 percent.

Muzzleloader season hunters had a success rate of 44 percent.

The Game and Fish Department allocated 148,550 deer gun licenses in 2007, and more than 97 percent were issued to hunters.

Department biologists are in the process of determining recommendations for deer licenses in the 2008 deer proclamation, which will be sent to the governor's office for approval in late April.

Deer license numbers are determined by evaluating hunter harvest and deer survey data, deer-vehicle collision reports, depredation reports, and comments from the public, landowners and department field staff.

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