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OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: N.D. to offer limited pronghorn season

N.D. to offer limited pronghorn season

North Dakota will have a limited pronghorn hunting season this fall for the first time since 2009.

According to Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, the season is open only in Unit 4-A, the far southwestern corner of the state. A total of 250 any-pronghorn licenses are available, and the season is split into an early “bow-only” portion, and a later gun/bow season.

The bow-only portion of the season is from noon Aug. 29 to Sept. 28. Anyone who draws a license can hunt pronghorn with a bow, only in Unit 4-A, during this period. From noon Oct. 3 to Oct.19, hunters who still have a valid license can use legal firearms or bow equipment.

“We are opening the hunting season in Unit 4-A to take advantage of a surplus number of bucks in that area and to provide hunting opportunity while still encouraging population growth,” Kreil said. “While we aren’t issuing any statewide pronghorn archery licenses this year as we did in the past, hunters who do draw a license can use a rifle, bow or both, depending on their preferences.”

Game and Fish biologists surveyed more than 11,000 square miles, 100 percent of the 21 survey units in the state, in early July. Statistics indicate a statewide population estimate of 5,700 pronghorn, with 1,650 in the area open to hunting.

Kreil said pronghorn numbers in 4-A fall within regional population objectives that allow for a limited season; other units remain below.

Unit 4-A has a high buck-to-doe ratio, Kreil said, which is typical of a population that has not been hunted. The fawn-to-doe ratio is also the highest since 2007.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 6. Info:

— Herald staff report

Dragonfly event set at Norris Camp

Anyone interested in learning more about dragonflies is invited to attend an event set for Friday and Saturday at Norris Camp, headquarters of Red Lake Wildlife Management Area south of Roosevelt, Minn.

The event is part of the Minnesota Odonata Survey Project, a Minnesota Dragonfly Society initiative with a focus on dragonfly and damselfly conservation through research and education.

The weekend survey is being held in conjunction with the seventh annual Minnesota Dragonfly Gathering, which this year is at Norris Camp.

The activities kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Norris Camp with a potluck supper and program, which will include an introduction to the Minnesota Odonata Survey Project and instructions for the next day’s surveys.

The survey is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and there’ll be a hot dog and potluck supper at 6 p.m. at Norris Camp, followed by an evening program at 7 p.m.

The public — and especially families — is welcome to attend and come for all or just part of the day.

For more information, contact Gretchen Mehmel, manager of Red Lake WMA, at (218) 783-6861 or check out the Minnesota Dragonfly Society’s website at

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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