North Dakota has 60,000 Anterless Deer Permits Remaining

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North Dakota's 2007 deer gun lottery has been held and successful applicants will receive their license in the mail within a couple of weeks, according to Carrie Whitney, licensing supervisor for the state Game and Fish Department.

More than 60,000 antlerless deer gun licenses are still available. Applications for hunters who want to apply for a first, second, third or fourth license are now available online at the Game and Fish Department's Online Services page. Paper applications will be available from Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors by mid-July.

The first lottery application process – deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner – had 94,000 applicants, 3,000 more than in 2006. The number of hunters applying for regular deer gun licenses increased by about 2,000, while muzzleloader applicants increased by 1,000. Fifty-one percent of the applications came in online, the first time more than half the applications were filed through the Internet.

"We had a record number of people apply, and coincidently, a record number of unsuccessful applicants," Whitney said.

Unsuccessful applicants in the first drawing will be mailed a blue application form with a July 25 deadline. Hunters who have not yet applied, or who want additional licenses, have to submit a third lottery ivory-colored application by Aug. 1. The lottery drawing for those who have not yet received a 2007 deer gun license will take place prior to the lottery for hunters seeking additional licenses.

After the third lottery application procedure, any remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, including hunters who want more than four deer gun licenses.

Hunters can use additional doe licenses during the archery season with a bow; the deer gun season with a bow, rifle, or muzzleloader; or during the muzzleloader season with a muzzleloader. These licenses must be used for antlerless deer only, and hunters must stay in the unit to which the license is assigned.

Mailed applications must be postmarked by midnight of the respective deadline. Residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply in the third lottery. The regular deer gun season starts at noon Nov. 9 and runs through Nov. 25.

For a list of permits available by unit please visit: http://gf.nd.gov/multimedia/news/2007/07/070701.html.