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Published May 04, 2010, 09:36 AM

Deer Licenses to be Down

The number of deer hunting licenses in North Dakota this fall will be the fewest in almost a decade.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The number of deer hunting licenses in

North Dakota this fall will be the fewest in almost a decade.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife chief Randy Kreil

(kryl) says it's because of reduced deer numbers statewide. He says

that's due to two difficult winters and subsequent low reproductive

success.

Game and Fish says 116,775 licenses will be available to hunters

this fall, a decrease of 19 percent from last year and the fewest

since 2001. Kreil says 35 of the 38 hunting units will have fewer

licenses.

North Dakota's 2010 deer gun season opens Nov. 5 at noon and

continues through Nov. 21.

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