- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Authorities are investigating two poaching cases in southeastern North Dakota in which five deer were killed

The state Game and Fish Department last week said four white-tailed deer were found dead in a field east of Strasburg - two bucks, a doe and a fawn. A dead buck also was found southwest of Streeter on Tuesday night, District Game Warden Jackie Lundstrom told KXMB-TV.

Deer gun season in North Dakota does not open until noon on Nov. 7.

Deer poaching is a big issue, especially with the deer population on the decline, Lundstrom said.

“Extra-nonsense killings do not help the population out and … the hunters that sit and wait for deer tags, (poachers) have actually taken opportunities from them,” she said.

The number of deer gun hunting licenses issued this year was the lowest since 1980, due to declining habitat and several tough winters that have taken a toll on the animals. All 48,000 licenses have been issued, Game and Fish announced Wednesday.

“This is the first time in more than a decade that all licenses were issued before opening day,” Licensing Manager Randy Meissner said.

Bow-hunting licenses can still be purchased through the end of bow season on Jan. 4. The deer gun season runs through Nov. 23.

There are no suspects in either of the poaching cases. Anyone with information is asked to call the Report All Poachers line at 800-472-2121.

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Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com


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