North Dakota Hunting News

North Dakota Game and Fish Encourages Hunters to Donate Deer

With the special antlerless deer season in southwestern North Dakota opening Sept. 23, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is encouraging deer hunters to consider donating a deer to the Sportsman Against Hunger program.

SAH is a charitable program that raises money for processing of donated deer, and coordinates distribution of ground venison to food pantries in North Dakota. It is administered by the North Dakota Community Action Partnership, a nonprofit agency that serves low-income families across the state.

North Dakota Pheasant Numbers Down, Similar to a Decade Ago

North Dakota’s roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August suggests poor production this spring, meaning a lower fall population in all areas of the state.

Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the survey shows statewide total pheasants are down 36 percent from last year. In addition, brood observations were down 38 percent, but the average brood size was up 4 percent. The final summary is the result of 222 runs made along 104 brood routes across North Dakota.

North Dakota Bighorn Sheep Numbers Remain Strong

While three consecutive severe winters played a significant role in reducing many of the state’s western big game populations, overall bighorn sheep numbers are strong, according to Brett Wiedmann, big game biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Dickinson.

A July-August survey in western North Dakota showed 290 bighorn sheep, unchanged from last year and just 26 below 2008’s record summer survey. “After recording dramatic declines in mule deer and pronghorn numbers, we were pleasantly surprised to see that our bighorns have remained stable,” Wiedmann said.

North Dakota Deer Season for Youth Ages 12-15 Opens Sept. 16th

Friday, Sept. 16 at noon signals the start of a nine-and-a-half day deer hunting season for youth ages 12-15.

Licensed youth ages 12 and 13 are allowed to hunt statewide, but only for antlerless white-tailed deer. Deer hunters age 14 or 15 with a “youth season” license can hunt statewide for any deer, except for restricted licenses and units in western North Dakota.

North Dakota Deer Deaths Possible Indicator of EHD

Wildlife biologists believe recent reports of white-tailed deer deaths in western North Dakota could indicate the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

North Dakota Landowners Seeking Doe Hunters

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is currently working with 30 landowners in 19 hunting units across the state who would like to host antlerless deer hunters in 2011. The current list of landowners has nearly 350 openings for doe hunters.

North Dakota Youth Events Promote Hunting

The State Game and Fish Department’s Encouraging Tomorrow's Hunters program is a primary sponsor for two outdoor learning events this weekend in the Bismarck area.

Ducks Unlimited is the lead organization for a youth waterfowl hunting clinic Aug. 19 and 20, while the Mule Deer Foundation is hosting its 4th annual MULEY Day Camp on Aug. 20.

Bismarck, North Dakota City Archery Hunt Cancelled

The Bismarck Police Department will not issue trespass permits for this fall's special herd reduction deer and turkey bow seasons within the city limits, due to water still covering a large portion of the hunting zone and associated recovery efforts from this year's flood.

A special herd reduction season on antlerless deer was scheduled to run in Bismarck from Sept. 2 – Jan. 31, 2012. In addition, up to 25 hunters licensed to bow hunt deer within the city could have received a turkey license to help control a growing population of birds in residential areas.

North Dakota's Deer Lottery Apps Due August 10th

Deer hunters interested in applying for a first, second, third or fourth license have to submit a third lottery application no later than Aug. 10.

Successful applicants in the first lottery will receive their license in mid-August.

North Dakota Deer Lottery Results Available

North Dakota's deer gun lottery has been held and individual results are available at the state Game and Fish Department's Online Services/Licensing - Lottery Results web site.