Moose, elk lotteries held
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has completed moose and elk, and individual results are available by visiting "my account" at the state Game and Fish Department’s website: gf.nd.gov.
A total of 15,516 applications were received for bighorn sheep, 19,290 for elk and 22,456 for moose.
While in "my account," successful applicants must pay for a moose and/or elk license. In addition, a 2019-20 general game and habitat license or combination license is required. Moose or elk license will be mailed after the required hunting licenses are purchased.
Hunters in moose unit M10 and elk unit E6 are reminded of restrictions that prohibit transporting the whole carcass, including the head and spinal column, outside of the unit. For more information, visit the chronic wasting disease page on the Game and Fish Department's website.
The bighorn sheep lottery is scheduled in September after summer population surveys are completed and total licenses are determined. Once the lottery is held, successful applicants will be contacted to select a hunting unit.
2018 deer season summary
A total of 48,717 North Dakota deer hunters took about 31,350 deer during the 2018 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department.
Overall hunter success was 64 percent, with each hunter spending an average of 4.4 days in the field.
Hunter success for both antlered and antlerless white-tailed deer was 64 percent. Mule deer buck success was 81 percent, and antlerless mule deer was 83 percent.
Hunters with any-antlered or any-antlerless licenses generally harvest white-tailed deer, as these licenses are predominantly in units with mostly whitetails. Buck hunters had a success rate of 69 percent, while doe hunters had a success rate of 65 percent.
Game and Fish issued 13,098 gratis licenses in 2018, and 10,785 hunters harvested 5,832 deer, for a success rate of 54 percent.
A total of 1,022 muzzleloader licenses were issued in 2018, and 900 hunters harvested 349 white-tailed deer.
A record 28,824 archery licenses were issued in 2018. In total, 22,666 bow hunters harvested 8,914 deer, for a success rate of 39 percent.
The Game and Fish Department is in the process of determining recommendations for licenses in 2019.