North Dakota Landowners Looking for Doe Hunters

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As deer season approaches, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is again hoping to match landowners who want a good harvest of deer on their properties with hunters who are looking for a place to hunt.

Game and Fish big game biologist Bill Jensen is already working with a number of landowners across the state who would like to host hunters who have antlerless whitetail and mule deer licenses only. These landowners were located in hunting units: 2C, 2G2, 2J2, 2K2, 3A3, 3B1, 3F1, 4A, 4D, 4E, and 4F. As of Oct. 31, opportunities remain only in units 2K2 (any antlerless), 4D (mule deer doe), and 4E (mule deer doe).

Hunters can sign up online as a possible participant in the antlerless-deer hunt at http://gf.nd.gov/gnfapps/HunterContact or, for those who do not have Internet access, by calling the Bismarck Game and Fish office at 701-328-6300.

Hunters will provide their address, hunting unit(s) were they hold valid antlerless licenses, and firearm type. From this list the department will select the number of hunters landowners have agreed to host. These hunters will be sent the landowners 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 there will likely be more people who put their name on the list than there are landowners.

"These landowners have contacted us and asked for help in reducing the deer population in their areas," Jensen said. "We're glad to direct some hunters to them, but we don't want them to be overrun, either. That's why we're developing and setting up the contact list."

Last year, Game and Fish biologists worked with about a dozen landowners, most of whom reported good success in matching up with doe hunters.