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Hunters ready for North Dakota’s deer gun season opening

November 8, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota licensed deer hunters are readying for the opening of the state’s deer gun season on Friday.

North Dakota allocated 55,150 deer gun licenses for the roughly 16-day season, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Jeb Williams, chief of the state Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Division, said the number of licenses allocated is a modest increase, but it’s conservative enough that hunters will likely have a successful season. The department has slightly increased the number of licenses it gives out for the past three years.

Deer hunters’ average success in last year’s season was about 62 percent, according to Williams. He said the goal is to reach a 70 percent success rate, though the state’s western and eastern sides vary.

The western region of North Dakota has seen harvests of white-tailed and mule deer, while the east has experienced more challenges, Williams said.

“We’re still seeing pretty healthy, positive growth, population growth with our mule deer numbers in the western part of the state, and that’s a good, positive thing,” Williams said. “We know the interest level is really high for people wanting to recreate out in the Badlands.”

Overall, hunting units around Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, Dickinson and Willison tend to be popular, he said.

Heather Faris, who works at Butcher Block Meats in Mandan, said she’s hunted deer for about 15 years and enjoys the outdoors. Faris turns her deer meat into sausage, bringing it to her workplace to be processed.

This year, Faris plans to walk ravines near Carson in search of white-tailed doe.

“I like getting out there and walking and taking in the nature and then harvesting, getting meat,” she said.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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