It has been five years since North Dakota had a huntable population of pronghorn, and it looks like the hunters will have another year without a season.
According to the Jamestown Sun, North Dakota Big Game Supervisor Bruce Stillings in Dickinson told the Bismarck Tribune that the population estimate has dropped to about 3,600 pronghorn. In 2007, the last time there was a North Dakota pronghorn season, there were about 14,000 speed goats in the state. But, thanks to harsh winters, fawns have had a hard time surviving. It’s left the breeding population struggling to produce enough for a comeback.
The last time something like this happened was in the late 1970s, when they shut the season down for four years. Here’s hoping that 2013 brings some better conditions and better news. –Brian McClintock
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