The 81,500 deer taken last year in North Dakota translated into a hunting success rate of 76 percent, says Roger Johnson, big-game biologist for the Game and Fish Department. For 2003, over 123,000 tags will be available, up from 116,000 in 2002. The increase will consist entirely of antlerless tags. The large, forested tracts in Hunting Unit 1 (along the Canadian border) produce many of the biggest whitetails, with overall numbers up in the Red River Valley’s hunting units 2C and 2B. Contact: Game and Fish Department (701-328-6300; www.state.nd.us/gnf).
Deer Forecast 2003