Severe winters in 2008, 2009, and 2010 continued to have a noticeable effect on the number of whitetail deer living in the Peace Garden State. And while last year's winter wasn't terribly harsh, it lingered well into the spring, putting further stress on the state's deer herd. As a result, North Dakota continued to reduce the number of firearm deer hunting licenses available. The state had more than 100,000 applicants for firearm deer hunting licenses, but had to turn away 44,000 hunters. Those who were lucky enough to draw a tag will again be limited to harvesting one deer during firearm season.