More than 2,000 deer gun licenses for does remain after the second lottery drawing held by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Sept. 19. All of the available buck licenses were issued in the first drawing.
"There's just a modest amount of doe licenses remaining, all in units where you would expect to have leftover licenses," said Randy Kreil, NDG&F Wildlife Division chief.
Remaining licenses include 107 in Unit 2D and 219 in Unit 2L.
"2D is in the woods in that Pembina country where success rates are low and, typically, all licenses are not issued," said Kreil. "2L is near Devils Lake. It is a small unit with some acres flooded by the rising lake. Some people have difficulty finding access to hunt but there's still good deer numbers. I expect 2D and 2L to go for sure."
The majority of remaining licenses are in units in southwestern North Dakota.
"That's where we have our highest deer populations, but it is a long ways for people to travel," explained Kreil. "It also contains very little public land and it is difficult for people to find places to hunt."
However, those who do have areas to hunt in the southwest part of the state will likely take advantage of the remaining licenses. Hunters can apply online starting Wednesday. Residents and non-residents are eligible to apply. Applications can be made at the Game and Fish website at (gf.nd.gov). These licenses are only available to individuals who have not already received a lottery or landowner license and are valid for the deer gun season only.