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Outdoor Issues with Neil Roberts and Greg Gullickson 43

Nicole DesRosier
 June 4, 2022
The Dakotan:
This is Outdoor Issues with Neil Roberts and North Dakota Game and Fish outreach biologist Greg Gullickson.

Neil Roberts:
It's a very coveted tag. I know you got one last year, Greg. The Pronghorn tag and numbers from last fall's hunting season are in. Tell us.

Greg Gullickson:
More. You know, it is one of those tougher tags to draw. And I did get lucky enough last year with eight preference points to draw in the southwestern part of the state. And the results are in. And last year's fall pronghorn hunting season had a success rate of 68%. So they're actually somewhat easy to harvest if you can be in the right place at the right time. Last year we issued just over 1700 licenses and that includes both the regular lottery and the gratis licenses. 991 pronghorn were harvested. The majority of those 807 were Bucs with right around $169 and 25 ponds. In each of us antelope hunters spent an average of three days of field and certainly a unique species to hunt. And I certainly encourage folks to yeah, maybe take up antelope hunting. It's just something different and unique.

Neil Roberts:
Good stuff, Greg. And hey, we'll have more on Pronghorn when we come back.

The Dakotan:
You're listening to Outdoor Issues with Neil Roberts on the Dakotan Network.

Neil Roberts:
Talking Pronghorn today on Outdoor Issues. And Greg, applying for this antelope is a different process than that of deer. Tell us.

Greg Gullickson:
About it. You know, there's a lot of science that goes into deer management, antelope management. And one of the main things generally we fly our white tail surveys in the wintertime and we have heavy snow cover and we can actually those brown deer stick out pretty easy. Amelia's a little bit different. We actually fly that survey in the spring because of that white rump. There are a little bit more visible. And then with antelope sensor critter that really sticks out on the prairie. We don't fly that survey until July, so we can actually even see what kind of a crop that we have a fawns out there as well. And it helps us adjust those numbers so look for those applications in mid-July.

Neil Roberts:
Good stuff, Greg. And that will conclude this edition until next time, I'm Neil Roberts.

The Dakotan:
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