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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is currently working with 18 landowners in 16 hunting units across the state who would like to host hunters with antlerless deer licenses in 2013.
Participating landowners are located in hunting units 2C, 2G2, 2I, 2J2, 2K2, 3A4, 3B3, 3C, 3D1, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4B and 4E.
The program is not intended for buck hunters, but designed to direct hunters with antlerless licenses to specific areas to reduce deer populations.
Interested hunters can get their name on a list of possible participants by accessing the Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website at gf.nd.gov. Hunters who do not have Internet access can call the departmentâ€™s main office in Bismarck at (701) 328-6300.
Hunters will provide their address, hunting unit(s) where they hold valid antlerless licenses, and if using rifle, muzzleloader or bow. From this list the department will select the number of hunters landowners have agreed to host. These hunters will be sent the landownerâ€™s name, phone number and any information relating to the landownerâ€™s specific situation.
Hunters must have a valid 2013 deer gun license â€“ the Game and Fish Department does not provide a hunting license with this program.
Not everyone who signs up will end up with a new place to hunt, because not everyoneâ€™s schedule will match up with a landownerâ€™s, and more people will likely put their name on the list than there are openings. Currently, participating landowners have openings for about 170 doe hunters.
North Dakotaâ€™s 2013 regular deer gun season runs from Nov. 9-25. In addition, the archery season extends through Jan. 5, 2014; the youth season is Sept. 20-29; and muzzleloader runs from Nov. 29 â€“ Dec. 15.