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Youth Deer Hunting Season Opens Sept. 19

Deer numbers are high throughout much of North Dakota, and that's good news for first time hunters participating in the state's youth-only deer hunting season, which starts Friday, Sept. 19.

"Based on current available information, youth hunters who put forth the effort should find plenty of opportunities," according to Bill Jensen, big game biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. "We anticipate a good deer hunting season."

White-tailed deer numbers are particularly high in the northern and eastern parts of the state, Jensen said. "The only area where whitetail numbers are modest is along the Little Missouri River," he said.

The youth deer season opens at noon central daylight time Sept. 19 and continues through Sunday, Sept. 28. The season is statewide, except for restricted licenses and units in western North Dakota. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset except on opening day. Solid daylight fluorescent orange vests or coats, and hats are required for all youth deer season hunters and their adult mentors.

Each youth deer hunter must be accompanied by an adult while in the field. "This one-on-one approach to teaching the skills and tradition of hunting is a well proven method," Jensen said.




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