Hunters in North Dakota who were disappointed with missing out on their chance at getting a deer license in this year’s lottery in June will have another crack at it.
Randy Meissner, the licensing manager at North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said there were still a fair amount of licenses available which made it possible for a second lottery to be held at the end of July. The deadline for the second lottery is Wednesday, July 22.
“Our initial lottery was held at the end of June,” Meissner said. “And variably, after running the first lottery, we have a number of deer licenses that remain. Those are first made available only to the North Dakota residents that were in the first lottery but were unsuccessful, those are the only people that can apply for these remaining licenses.”
While some districts have been filled, districts such as Dickinson still have the opportunity to get the deer licenses. However, Meissner stressed the second chance only applies to those that put their name in the first lottery selection.
“Somebody who missed the deadline or wasn’t in the first lottery is not eligible to apply for these (licenses) that we have a deadline on the 22nd,” he said.
Meissner explained 69,050 licenses were declared in the Governor's Proclamation. After the initial drawing was held, there’s approximately 6,200 licenses that remained. Those remaining licenses will be the ones that are used in the second lottery. For Dickinson, which emcompasses 3D1 and 3E1, both units have licenses that remain.
For those that were in the first lottery, the contestants will sign up online and will recognize the participants’ eligibility by their first lottery results. Meissner also stated there will be no fee for those that apply for the second lottery as it will use the fee from the first lottery
“It’s basically just selecting the unit and deer choice that they're going for,” he said.
Meissner also stated there is a strong possibility that some licenses will still be available for the public following the second piece. Thus, the remaining available licenses will then be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
For more information contact General Information with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at 701-328-6300, or Licensing at 701-328-6335.