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North Dakota Game and Fish Department Photo In an effort to protect does and help reverse the drop in mule deer numbers, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department limited the season to bucks only during last year’s hunting season and likely will do the same this year.

Study: Mule deer fawn production in western ND

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GRAND FORKS — Weather remains the biggest influence on mule deer production in western North Dakota, but results from a two-year study commissioned by the state Game and Fish Department show coyotes and oil development also play roles in areas where both factors are present.

Absent one or the other, the influence of coyotes or oil on “recruitment” — the addition of new mule deer to the population — is much less pronounced.

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Brad Dokken
Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 
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