- Associated Press - Friday, March 2, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Nearly all of the hunters who got bighorn sheep and moose licenses in North Dakota last year bagged an animal.

The state Game and Fish Department says hunter success during the 2017 season was 100 percent for bighorn sheep, 92 percent for moose and 56 percent for elk. Those rates were down slight from the previous year.

Game and Fish issued four bighorn sheep licenses and auctioned one. All five hunters harvested a bighorn ram.

A total of 245 moose licenses were issued last year, and 240 hunters harvested 221 animals. The previous year’s harvest netted 187 moose.

The department issued 400 elk licenses, and 362 hunters harvested 211 elk, up from 179 in 2016.

Moose, elk and bighorn sheep licenses are issued as once-in-a-lifetime licenses in North Dakota.

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