The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says it will have 1,305 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2010.
The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation. Game and Fish issued 8,700 mule deer licenses in the 2009 deer gun lottery.
The department will begin issuing any-deer bow licenses March 1.
The state Game and Fish Department has proposed 7,135 wild turkey licenses for North Dakota’s spring hunting season, down 165 from 2008.
The 2 percent decrease from last year’s record high is a result of poor turkey production in 2008 – mostly in the badlands units – because of wet weather during the peak of the hatch.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for 2009 industrial hemp production licenses.
“The applications are due Jan. 1,” said Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson. “Although the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration continues to prevent holders of state licenses from growing industrial hemp, NDDA remains committed to fully implementing state laws authorizing the production, processing and sale of this crop in North Dakota.”
Deer hunters in North Dakota have an option for multiple deer permits again this year as the North Dakota Game and Fish Department continues to distribute an estimated 18,000 licenses still on hand. The licenses can be used during any open season with the proper weapon for that season. Hunters also must stay within the unit they have been assigned.
“We set our license numbers in order to reach our population goals,” said Jason Smith, game management technician for Game and Fish in Jamestown. “It is important to get them sold.”
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