Hunters waiting for their second and third deer lottery results shouldn’t have to wait much longer.
State Game and Fish Department staff worked well into the night on Friday to hold the second lottery drawing and print those licenses, according to Kim Molesworth, administrative services division chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
The third lottery for concurrent season antlerless deer licenses is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Aug. 30, with licenses likely mailed on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
“We apologize for the delay,” Molesworth stated. “We know that some bowhunters are anxious to get their concurrent season licenses to use when archery season opens Sept. 2. We’re trying to get those out as soon as possible.”
Bowhunters who are travelling through Bismarck prior to the opener, and don’t want to risk not receiving their license before they leave, can call or email the department’s Bismarck office by noon on Wednesday, Aug. 31 to request us to hold their license, Molesworth said. Game and Fish would then hold the license at its Bismarck office until the hunter picked it up.
Contact the Bismarck Game and Fish licensing section office at (701) 328-6335, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Hold concurrent season license” in the subject line.
Game and Fish will mail gratis licenses after the third lottery drawing is held.
The second and subsequent lottery drawings were later than usual this year because of the one-week extension of the deer application deadline, and an initial shipment of special license paper that didn’t meet specifications, Molesworth said. The second shipment of paper arrived in early August, Molesworth added, and the first lottery licenses were printed and mailed first.
After the third lottery drawing is held, Game and Fish will issue any remaining licenses on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hunters can use additional concurrent season doe licenses during the archery season with a bow; the deer gun season with a bow, rifle, or muzzleloader; or during the muzzleloader season with a muzzleloader. These licenses are for antlerless deer only, and hunters must stay in the unit to which the license is assigned.
In addition, youth deer license hunters ages 14 and 15 may purchase additional concurrent season doe licenses to use during the youth season.