Pronghorn License Increase Proposal
North Dakota's pronghorn population is on the increase and that means more licenses are recommended for hunters this fall, according to Bruce Stillings, big game biologist for the State Game and Fish Department, Dickinson.
The statewide pronghorn estimate increased from slightly under 10,000 in 2003 to nearly 12,000 this year. "The increase was due in large part to more animals in the Slope management region," Stillings said.
Because of the population increase, game and fish is proposing 2,510 pronghorn licenses in 2004, 880 more than last year. A total of 17 gun and bow hunting units are under consideration, one more than last year. In addition, doe/fawn licenses are recommended in nine units this year, up from only two units in 2003.
Boundary changes are suggested for two units. Hunting unit 6A was reduced in size from 2003 to include only the area south of N.D. Highway 21 and the Cannonball River, and east of N.D. highways 8 and 12 to the Missouri River. Unit 11A is a new hunting unit and covers land south of Interstate 94, east of N.D. Highway 8 to the Missouri River, and north of N.D. Highway 21 and the Cannonball River.
Prospective hunters are encouraged to apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the game and fish internet website, discovernd.com/gnf. Regular license fees apply and no service charge is added.
Applications are also available from game and fish offices, county auditors and license vendors, or by calling 1-800-406-6409. A service fee is added for license applications made over the phone.
Deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, Aug. 4. 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. 1 (noon) - Oct. 17. Pronghorn bow season runs Sept. 3 (noon) - Oct. 10.