Pronghorn Season Set

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will issue 925 pronghorn gun licenses for the 2002 hunting season, 230 less than last year, reports Randy Kreil, agency wildlife chief. The number of open gun and bow units, however, will remain the same.

Overall, pronghorn reproduction was excellent throughout much of its range. "This was especially true in the northern badlands and Missouri Slope areas of western North Dakota where reproduction reached levels not seen since 1990," Kreil said. "Because of this the number of licenses has increased in many units."

The significant exception to this trend, Kreil noted, was in the far southwestern corner of the state, where the number of pronghorn has declined by nearly 50 percent. As a result, doe/kid licenses will not be issued this year in units 4-A and 4-B. "Much of this decline may be attributed to out-migration of animals into South Dakota and Montana," Kreil added. "We will monitor these areas closely and will adjust licenses to reflect changes in the pronghorn population."

Applications are available from game and fish offices, county auditors and license vendors.

Persons can also apply at the game and fish internet website, or by calling 1-800-406-6409. Access the department's website at discovernd.com/gnf to submit a lottery application online, or to print out an application for mailing. Regular license fees apply and no service charge is added. A service fee is added for license applications made over the phone.

Deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 7. 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. 4 (noon) - Oct. 20. Pronghorn bow season runs Aug. 30 (noon) - Oct. 13.