Sunday, April 09, 2006

NORTH DAKOTA NEWS: Record Kill in 2005

(AP) _ The state Game and Fish department says last year's deer hunting season was the best ever for hunters.

The agency issued a record number of licenses last year and that led to a record harvest.

Wildlife chief Randy Kreil says he 145-thousand-600 deer gun licenses were issued last year. And nearly 99-thousand-600 deer were taken by hunters with guns.

He says the total harvest was more than 100-thousand deer when combined with bow, muzzle-loader and youth seasons.

Kreil says the overall hunter success rate last year was 76 percent last year. That's about two percent higher than in 2004.

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