North Dakota Game and Fish Department big game biologist Bill Jensen is currently working with a number of landowners across the state who would like to host antlerless deer hunters in 2008.
"We are hoping to match landowners who want a good deer harvest with antlerless whitetail and mule deer hunters looking for a place to hunt," Jensen said."We have worked with several dozen landowners in the past, and most have reported good success in matching up with doe hunters."
This program is not intended as a guide service for buck hunters, Jensen said, but to direct antlerless hunters to specific areas to reduce deer depredation problems in the future.
"These landowners have contacted us and asked for help in reducing the deer population in their areas," Jensen said. "We're happy 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."
Landowners participating in the program are located in hunting units 2C, 2E, 2G2, 2I, 2J1, 2J2, 2G2, 2K1, 2K2, 3A2, 3A3, 3A4, 3B1, 3C, 3D1, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4A, 4B, 4D, 4E and 4F.
Interested hunters can get their name on a list of possible participants by accessing the Game and Fish Department's website. Hunters who do not have Internet access can call the department's main office in Bismarck at 701-328-6300.
Hunters will provide their address, hunting unit(s) where they hold valid antlerless licenses, and if using firearm or bow. 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.
North Dakota's 2008 deer gun season runs from Nov. 7-23. In addition, a September antlerless deer gun season is open from Sept. 26 – Oct. 2 in hunting units 2C and 2D. The archery season extends from Aug. 29 through Jan. 4, 2009; the youth season is from Sept. 12-21; and muzzleloader runs from Nov. 28 – Dec. 14.