BISMARCK, North Dakota (KXNET) — There will be slightly less deer hunting this year after a viral illness prompted North Dakota Game and Fish to reduce the number of licenses by about 8,000.
2022 will allow 64,200 licenses for the number of deer that have died, many from epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD)
Wildlife Division deputy chief says habitat conservation will help license numbers climb back up.
“Along the Missouri River system and the Southwest, we have some pretty good deer habitat,” Bill Haase said. “So we’re hopeful they’ll come back by downsizing and being more conservative with the number of deer licenses. In the eastern part of the state, we have lost a lot of wildlife habitat. There is not the amount of CRP in the landscape and just a lot of other problems.”
Haase said most of the land in the state is privately owned and there is programs to help landowners improve deer habitat.
You can also contact the Private land divisionfor more help.