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North Dakota Game and Fish Photo North Dakota deer licenses are the lowest since 1983, but North Dakota Game and Fish assistant wildlife chief Jeb Williams said hunters should still have an enjoyable time in the field.

Uncertain success: ND deer hunters set out for season with fewest licenses since 1983


In North Dakota, deer licenses, deer numbers and areas to hunt are all down.

Yet, the optimism for a successful season still remains high.

The number of deer licenses issued by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is at its lowest since 1983, but that might not be a bad idea. The Game and Fish Dept. released 59,500 licenses, which is a 5,800 decrease from last season.

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