North Dakota Landowners Looking for Doe Hunters

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North Dakota's 2007 deer gun season opens Nov. 9 at noon, and the state Game and Fish Department is once again hoping to match landowners who want a good harvest with antlerless-deer hunters looking for a place to hunt.

Game and Fish big game biologist Bill Jensen is currently working with a number of landowners across the state who would like to host hunters who have antlerless whitetail and mule deer licenses only. These landowners are located in hunting units 2C, 2G2, 2I, 2J2, 2K2, 3A3, 3B1, 3C, 3E2, 3F1, 4A, 4B, 4D, 4E and 4F.

Interested hunters can get their name on a list of possible participants by logging on to the Game and Fish Department's website at gf.nd.gov and clicking on the appropriate link; or hunters can access the URL directly at http://gf.nd.gov/gnfapps/HunterContact/index.asp. Hunters who do not have Internet access can call the Bismarck Game and Fish office at 701-328-6300.

Hunters will provide their address, hunting unit(s) where they hold valid antlerless licenses, and firearms type. From this list the department will select the number of hunters landowners have agreed to host. These hunters will be sent the landowner's name, phone number, and any information relating to the landowner's specific situation.

Not everyone who signs up will end up with a new place to hunt, Jensen said, because not everyone's schedule will match up with a landowner's, and more people will likely put their name on the list than there are landowners.

"These landowners have contacted us and asked for help in reducing the deer population in their areas," Jensen said. "We're glad to direct some hunters to them, but we don't want them to be overrun, either. This is the reason we have developed and set up the contact list. This is not intended as a guiding service for buck hunters. The intent of this program is to direct antlerless hunters to specific areas to reduce deer depredation problems in the future."

Last year, Game and Fish biologists worked with about two dozen landowners, most of whom reported good success in matching up with doe hunters.