Deer Season - Gun

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Thousands of hunters will take to the fields this weekend for the start of the North Dakota and Minnesota deer gun seasons.

In North Dakota a total of 65-thousand-500 tags were made available this year. That’s ten-thousand-350 more than last year.

Chief Game Warden Bob Timian reminds hunters to be safe and follow all hunting guidelines. Timian says one of the most common mistakes is failure to tag the animal. Timian says the best advice is tag before you move.

North Dakota Tourism data shows that deer hunting contributes tens of millions of dollars to the state economy.

The North Dakota deer-gun season opens at noon today. Minnesota hunters get going on Saturday.

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A fall survey indicates the mule deer population continues to recover in the western North Dakota Badlands thanks to another good year of fawn production.

Mule deer in the region endured three straight harsh winters ending in 2011 that led to record-low fawn production.

The Bismarck Tribune reported Thursday that biologists counted 2,218 mule deer during the October survey, close to last year's 2,446. The ratios of 41 bucks per 100 does and 84 fawns per 100 does also held steady.

State Wildlife Chief Jeb Williams says the stable numbers are encouraging even though they don't represent an increase.

Hunting mule deer does was banned for four straight seasons beginning in 2012 to help the population recover.

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Gov. Tim Walz heads to Fergus Falls for the 17th annual Governor's Deer Hunting Opener.

Walz will speak at the Big Buck Brunch on Friday to kick off the event. He will meet later with local fourth and fifth graders to talk about the importance of outdoor education.

The governor will head into the woods on Saturday morning for the opening of Minnesota's firearms deer season.

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