This won’t come as any surprise to most North Dakota deer hunters, but the Game and Fish Department today said the deer kill last fall was down from previous years.
In a news release, the department said 95,000 deer hunters shot more than 49,000 deer for a 51 percent success rate. That’s down from 64 percent success in 2010, and well below the annual 10-year average of 70 percent.
Game and Fish offered 109,000 deer licenses last fall, but given the downtrend, it’s a safe bet that fewer than 100,000 licenses will be available this fall. The department now is developing deer season recommendations, which it will discuss with sportsmen during the upcoming spring round of advisory board meetings around the state.