North Dakota Pronghorn Applications Available

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is recommending a total of 3,810 pronghorn licenses for the 2006 hunting season, a decrease of 1,905 from the record total in 2005, according to Randy Kreil, wildlife division chief.

The 2005 season offered the most doe/fawn licenses ever in the state, Kreil said, which reduced pronghorn numbers toward management objectives. "The state's pronghorn population estimate increased from 4,000 in 1998 to nearly 15,000 in 2005," Kreil said. "Currently, the statewide population is estimated at 12,565, which is slightly above the objective."

A total of 1,955 any-pronghorn licenses and 1,855 doe/fawn licenses are available in 2006. Applicants should note that the second choice option should only be used for doe/kid licenses as all any-pronghorn licenses will be issued in the first choice drawing.

The number of pronghorn in areas east and north of the Missouri River is still below a point that would sustain a harvest, and these areas will remain closed to pronghorn hunting.

Prospective hunters are encouraged to apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the Game and Fish Department website, Regular license fees apply and no service charge is added.

Applications will also be available from Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors, or by calling 800-406-6409. A service fee is added for license applications made over the phone.

Deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, Aug. 9. 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. 6 (noon) - Oct. 22. Pronghorn bow season runs Sept. 1 (noon) - Oct. 8.