North Dakota's 2013 deer hunting season is set.
There are 59-thousand-500-licenses available this coming fall. That's
58-hundred fewer than last year and the lowest number available since 1983.
Wildlife Chief Randy Kreil says deer populations are still below management
goals in most North Dakota hunting units. The 2012 hunting success rate was 63
percent. That's nine-points higher than in two-thousand-eleven.
Winter surveys show deer numbers down from two-thousand-eleven levels
in northern and eastern North Dakota hunting units.
This past winter was rough on deer and high-quality deer habitat continues
to be lost statewide. That will also limit deer population recovery.
North Dakota's 2013 deer-gun hunting season will start November eighth at
noon. It ends November 24th.
Online applications will be available May 13th at the North Dakota Game and
Fish website. The application deadline is June fifth.