North Dakota Pronghorn Season Set

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North Dakota's pronghorn hunting season has been set and a record 6,095 licenses are available for 2007, an increase of 2,285 from last year. The total consists of 2,445 any-pronghorn licenses and 3,650 doe/fawn licenses.

The state's pronghorn population has fully recovered from the 1997 winter die-off due to a unit-by-unit harvest strategy and a series of extremely mild winters, said Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The result has been good adult survival, excellent fawn recruitment and expanded hunting opportunities.

More than 16,000 square miles, 90 percent of the primary range for pronghorn in the state, were surveyed in late June and early July. Statistics indicate the statewide population increased 20 percent from last year.

"The state's pronghorn population estimate has increased from 12,500 in 2006 to more than 15,000 in 2007," Kreil said. "The population is above the statewide objective."

The 2007 proclamation allows for hunters to purchase additional licenses in specific units if an adequate number of licenses remain unissued after the regular lottery.

Prospective hunters are encouraged to apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the Game and Fish Department website, Applications will also be available from license vendors by July 27.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, Aug. 8. Mailed applications must be postmarked before midnight. Hand-delivered applications are due at the department's Bismarck office by 5 p.m. Applications should be mailed early because some post offices use the following day's postmark if received after office hours.

Only North Dakota residents are eligible for pronghorn gun licenses. Archery season is open to residents and nonresidents. Gun season dates are Oct. 5 (noon) – Oct. 21. Pronghorn bow season runs Aug. 31 (noon) – Oct. 7.