North Dakota Hunting News

Mule Deer in North Dakota 3F2 Unit Tests Positive for CWD

A mule deer taken in November during the deer gun season from unit 3F2 is the second deer in North Dakota to test positive for chronic wasting disease. The first was a mule deer taken during the hunting season in 2009, also from unit 3F2.

Dr. Dan Grove, North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian, said a hunter shot a doe in western Grant County and submitted the head for testing as part of the hunter-harvested surveillance program.

North Dakota Elk Hunters in E3 and E4 Have Second Chance

Elk hunters with unfilled any-elk licenses in units E3 and E4 are reminded that their license is restricted to antlerless elk only from Jan. 1-21.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department amended the 2010 bighorn sheep, elk and moose proclamation by extending the elk season to Jan. 21 for units immediately adjacent to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The closing date coincides with the National Park Service's management action for reducing the park's elk population.

North Dakota's 2011 Tentative Season Opening Dates

To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2011, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.

North Dakota's Deer Muzzleloader Season Opens Nov. 26th

North Dakota's muzzleloader deer season opens at noon Friday, Nov. 26 and continues through Dec. 12. Hunters with a lottery muzzleloader license can hunt white-tailed deer statewide.

In addition, unfilled second, third or other concurrent season any-antlerless, antlerless whitetail or antlerless mule deer licenses are still valid, but only in the unit to which the license is assigned. Hunters with these licenses must use a muzzleloader and hunt only the species printed on the license.

North Dakota Landowners Still Seeking Hunters

There are still some landowners looking for doe hunters in hunting units 2I, 3D1, 3E1, 3F1, 4A and 4E.

North Dakota's Bighorn Sheep Population Resilient

While two consecutive severe winters played a significant role in reducing the state's bighorn sheep population, overall numbers are still 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 289 bighorn sheep, down 20 from last year and 27 below 2008’s record summer survey. "Let's keep in mind we are comparing this year's count to record totals, so all things considered I am pleased with our current numbers," Wiedmann said.

North Dakota Private Land Tags Available

North Dakota Game and Fish Department big game biologist Bill Jensen is currently working with 33 landowners in 20 hunting units across the state who would like to host antlerless deer hunters in 2010.

"The current list of landowners has more than 400 openings for doe hunters," Jensen said. "We will continue to add landowners and doe hunters over the next several months, and by time the season is over with we could match more than 500 antlerless deer hunters with perhaps 40 landowners."

Wisconsin Offers New Web Based Alerts on Wolf Activity

Administrators from the natural resource agencies in 13 Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces have signed a joint resolution urging the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list.

North Dakota Leftover Turkey Tags on Sale August 4th

The 2010 fall wild turkey lottery has been held and more than 1,800 licenses remain in 14 units. Unsuccessful applicants who applied online will have a refund issued directly to their credit card.

North Dakota's Deer Lottery - Results Now Available
North Dakota's deer gun lottery has been held and individual results are available at the state Game and Fish Department's web site.