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Low Numbers For Deer Season Opener

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Friday at the noon is the start of one of the biggest 'holiday's' in the state.  Opening Deer Hunting. Jared Piepenburg has an outlook on the season.

"It's tradition. Deer hunting in North Dakota is a strong tradition. Family and friends have done it as a group for years and years and years, and people just get excited about it," said Randy Kreil, North Dakota Game & Fish Department.

This year that tradition may be missing something. Not everyone in the hunting party will be able to partake in the hunt.

"We had over 40k people this year who wanted deer hunting licences, who couldn't even get a doe license," said Kreil.

During this 2013 deer season, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has issued 59,500 licenses -- its lowest number in 30 years.

"That is a result of the bad winters that we've had in 08 09 10 and the deer population is just starting to show evidence of rebounding," said Kreil.

Although the number of hunters out will be lower this year, most have been understanding of the situation.

"Most people understand what we are trying to do and they are starting to see the results of that. There are a few more deer that are starting to show up on the landscape, so hopefully cutting back the doe licenses this year will help in future years," said Kreil.

With future years of continuing tradition like so many will -- Friday at noon.

"All of a sudden you start seeing fluorescent orange everywhere and people are starting to think about their sausage recipes. It is just exciting and people like to get out and enjoy the outdoors," said Kreil.

With KX News -- I'm Jared Piepenburg.

Deer rifle season opens noon this Friday and goes through November 24th.

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