Bighorn sheep hunters in North Dakota had 100% success, moose hunters had 87% success, and elk hunters had 62% success last fall, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department said Monday in reporting results from the state’s “big three” hunting seasons.
Game and Fish issued four bighorn sheep licenses and a fifth by auction, and all five hunters shot a bighorn ram. Game and Fish issued 475 moose licenses, and 449 hunters shot 389 moose — 154 bulls and 235 cows or calves.
The department issued 487 elk tags, and 449 hunters shot 279 elk — 155 bulls and 124 cows or calves.
Here’s a breakdown of hunter success for moose and elk.
Unit M5: Five hunters, four bulls and no cows or calves, 80% success.
Unit M6: 15 hunters, 10 bulls and one cow/calf, 73% success.
Unit M8: 15 hunters, 13 bulls and one cow/calf, 93% success.
Unit M9: 114 hunters, 29 bulls and 61 cow/calf, 79% success.
Unit M10: 180 hunters, 58 bulls and 107 cow/calf, 92% success.
Unit M11: 120 hunters, 40 bulls and 65 cow/calf, 88% success.
Unit E1E: 85 hunters, 22 bulls and 27 cow/calf, 58% success.
Unit E1W: 52 hunters, 15 bulls and 16 cow/calf, 60% success.
Unit E2: 128 hunters, 34 bulls and 30 cow/calf, 50% success.
Unit E3: 150 hunters, 66 bulls and 46 cow/calf, 75% success.
Unit E4: 22 hunters, 14 bulls and no cow/calf, 64% success.
Unit E6: 12 hunters, four bulls and five cow/calf, 75% success.
The 2020 moose season tentatively is set to open Friday, Oct. 9, and the tentative application deadline is Wednesday March 25, according to the Game and Fish Department website; the tentative elk opener is Friday, Sept. 4, and the tentative application deadline is Wednesday, March 25; and the tentative bighorn sheep opener is Sunday, Nov. 1, with a tentative application deadline of Wednesday, March 25. License numbers haven’t been set.
Bighorn sheep, moose and elk are once-in-a-lifetime hunting opportunities in North Dakota.
More info: gf.nd.gov.