Pronghorn hunters during the 2000 rifle season harvested 1,029 pronghorns, an increase of 386 from 1999, according to data compiled by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
A total of 1,194 hunters harvested 806 bucks and 223 does. Hunters spent an average of 2.1 days in the field and had a success rate of 86 percent. In 1999, 85 percent of 756 hunters were successful, harvesting 643 pronghorns.
Fourteen gun hunting units were open, up from seven open units in 1999. "The majority of our prime pronghorn range was open for gun hunting," said Mike Oehler, big game biologist, "and this was reflected by the increased number of licenses issued and pronghorns harvested."