There’ll be less orange on the landscape this afternoon when North Dakota’s deer gun season gets under way.
The 16½-day deer season officially begins at noon and continues through Nov. 25.
This year, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department drastically reduced the number of deer licenses it issued across the state — from about 110,000 last year to 65,300 this year. Deer numbers are down substantially, and department personnel decided to reduce the number of tags in an effort to rebuild the population and ultimately improve hunter success.
Every year after deer season, the Game and Fish Department schedules its fall slate of advisory board meetings. Held every spring and fall in each of the state’s eight advisory board districts, the meetings offer an opportunity for hunters and anglers to ask questions and get information from Game and Fish officials.
Hunters weren’t happy with the lack of deer they encountered last fall, and the department heard about it during last year’s fall advisory board meetings.
This fall’s round of meetings gets underway Nov. 26, with the District 3 meeting for sportsmen in Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner counties. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Wild Things Taxidermy Shop in Sheyenne, N.D.
The next night, the meeting for District 4 is set for 7 p.m. at the Canad Inns in Grand Forks. The Grand Forks County Wildlife Federation is hosting the meeting, which is for hunters and anglers in Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties.
To see a full schedule of advisory board meetings, check out the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov.