Pronghorn Season Extended to Oct. 23

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Due to the extreme weather conditions in southwestern North Dakota, the Game and Fish Department is extending the pronghorn season one week in Unit 4A only. The season in Unit 4A will close Sunday, Oct. 23, instead of Sunday, Oct. 16.

The season extension applies only to unit 4A because the season there is split into an early and late season, according to Randy Kreil, wildlife chief. "Hunters in this unit have lost a major portion of their hunting opportunities as a result of the unprecedented early winter snow storm," Kreil said.

Hunters with either an early or late season 4A license can hunt during the extra week, beginning Monday, Oct. 17. Early season license holders cannot hunt from Oct. 10-16, which is during the regularly scheduled late season.

Allowing this extension, Kreil said, gives 4A pronghorn hunters the option to delay their hunt to avoid problems associated with the heavy snow and muddy roads.

The Game and Fish Department implemented a split season in 4A because of the large number of licenses that were issued in an effort to reduce the pronghorn population to management goals. "Pronghorn numbers in this area are well above our management goal," Kreil said, "and we need to ensure a good harvest."