NDGF Allocated 5 Bighorn Licenses

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NDGF Allocated 5 Bighorn Licenses
Tue, 08/29/2017

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is allocating five bighorn sheep licenses for the 2017 hunting season, three fewer than 2016.

Two licenses are available in Unit B3 and two in B4. Also, one license, as authorized under North Dakota Century Code, was auctioned in spring by the Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, from which all proceeds are used to enhance bighorn sheep management in North Dakota.

The number of once-in-a-lifetime licenses allotted to hunters is based on data collected from the Department’s recently completed summer population survey. Results of the survey showed a total of 83 rams, or 21 fewer than 2016.

Brett Wiedmann, Department big game management biologist in Dickinson, said the 20 percent decline in ram numbers is the result of an ongoing bacterial pneumonia outbreak that was first detected in 2014.

“In addition, 2016 had the lowest lamb recruitment on record so very few yearling rams were observed,” Wiedmann said. “Encouragingly, no adult animals within the herds that were exposed to disease in 2014 showed clinical signs of pneumonia, and the summer lamb count in those herds improved.”

Similar to last year, Game and Fish announced in February that the status of the bighorn sheep hunting season would be determined after completion of the summer population survey. Now that the survey is complete, the bighorn lottery was held and successful applicants were notified.

Prospective hunters were required to apply for a bighorn license earlier this year on the bighorn sheep, moose and elk application.

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I guess I'd better start checking my mailbox more frequently.  Wouldn't want someone to steal my sheep tag like they have for the past 25 years or so!     They already stole my moose tag for this year.  LOL   Oh well, I didnt win the powerball either.

When I checked my deer lottery results on line earlier I swear I read "any antlered" but when I got the tag it was "any antlerless."   Rechecked on line and sure enough it said "any antlerless."    Either a brain fart or it's just an example of the brain interpreting what it wants, rather than what the eyeballs see!   Oh well, to me deer gun season is more of a social event than anything!  Looking forward to deer bow to fill the freezer and spend a lot of time watching "stuff" in the outdoors.  

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I have a problem with mailbox raiders too, haven't had a rifle tag in 4 years.  Thankfully they never manage to get my archery tag.

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When do they expect to do the drawing for bighorn

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Da Blaster wrote:

When do they expect to do the drawing for bighorn

It's done already. They contacted the successful applicants, apparently.  I think they forgot to call me.

Don't practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong.

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I'm guessing I was on the do not call list as well ha ha

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Still waiting for my call to come down to pick up my sheep tag.   Oh well, good luck to the guy or gal that got my phone call by mistake.  Hope you get a good one and have a lot of challenging fun!   LOL 

Heck, I doubt I can hike and climb around the badlands any more anyway.  Spirit is willing, but the body fights back.  Probably still will apply for moose (lots of help available for hunting and packing these big guys) but will let someone else have my chance in a million for sheep.  Now if I could just transfer my sheep chances to the powerball..........on the other hand what would I do with a half billion dollars anyhow?!? LOL