Well, it’s bad enough in North Dakota that the state Game & Fish Department is offering to refund money to hunters who bought a deer license valid in any of 11 management units in the western part of the state. The department estimates up to 13,000 hunters will be eligible for a refund. The state has also cancelled the sale of leftover deer tags–traditionally sold on a first come, first served basis–in three of the affected units effective this week.
North Dakota first noticed evidence of an EHD outbreak in late summer. Wildlife officials said EHD deaths continued into the months of September and October, have impacted many western counties, and resulted in a “moderate to significant” loss of whitetail deer. Despite the refund offer, Game & Fish Department officials urged hunters to research deer numbers in their area, as some places were largely unaffected.