A 2021 EHD outbreak will result in fewer hunting licenses for North Dakota this year
North Dakota hunters will see fewer hunting licenses this deer season. This is due to a viral disease outbreak that reduced the white-tail population last year.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will issue 8,000 less.
The national drought caused a perfect storm for North Dakota. The conditions lead to more biting gnats which transmit EHD. “Epizootic hemorrhagic disease dramatically reduced white-tailed deer numbers along the Missouri River and parts of some western hunting units. As a result, license allocations in some units were dramatically reduced,” Wildlife Chief Casey Anderson stated, according to AP.
The overall success of the state’s November gun season fell from 68 percent in 2020 to 57 percent.
A deer lottery for the year will be held and the deadline is June 8.
Story via AP