Bighorn Sheep and Elk Harvest Report

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All four North Dakota bighorn sheep hunters filled their tags this year, and elk hunters in units E3 and E4 had the same success rate - 65 percent in E3 and 29 percent in E4 - as hunters in 2002, according to statistics compiled by the State Game and Fish Department.

One bighorn sheep unit was open in 2003. Four licenses were issued in Unit B4 and all hunters tagged adult rams. Unit B4 is portions of Billings, Dunn, Golden Valley, McKenzie and Stark counties.

Thirteen out of 20 elk hunters in Unit E3 were successful this year, the same as in 2002. Three landowners received tags and one was successful, harvesting a bull. Lottery licenses were issued to 17 hunters, with 11 bulls and one cow harvested. Unit E3 is Billings and Golden Valley counties, except that portion of land known as Unit E4 and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

A total of 65 licenses were issued in Unit E4, and 19 hunters were successful. Five out of 15 landowners, and 14 out of 50 lottery license holders harvested elk. Six bulls and two cows were taken in the early season, and three bulls and three cows during the late season. Landowners took three bulls and two cows. Unit E4 is a small portion of Billings and Golden Valley counties north of Interstate 94 (excluding all of Theodore Roosevelt National Park) that is within Unit E3.

Statistics for 2003 moose, and E1 and E2 elk seasons will be available in January.