Spring Mule Deer Survey Begins April 12
The state Game and Fish Department’s annual spring mule deer survey is set to begin April 12 in western North Dakota. Weather permitting, the survey takes a week to complete.
Bruce Stillings, big game biologist in Dickinson, said biologists have completed aerial surveys of the same 24 badlands study areas since the 1950s.
“The survey allows us to obtain solid mule deer population data for the badlands, such as demographic trends and production ratios (buck-to-doe and fawn-to-doe),” Stillings said.
The mule deer population index for western North Dakota continues to remain higher than the long-term average. In 2009, biologists counted 2,483 mule deer in 291 square miles.