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Game and Fish survey indicates mule deer are recovering in Badlands, though challenges remain


BISMARCK, North Dakota — A recent Game and Fish Department survey indicates that the mule deer population in North Dakota's western Badlands is continuing to recover.

Big Game Management Supervisor Bruce Stillings says the buck-to-doe ratio remains stable, and it was another good year of fawn production.

Stillings says while the numbers look promising, there are still challenges for continued population growth. They include changes in habitat, predators and weather.

Hunting of mule deer does in the Badlands is not being allowed for the fourth straight season. But Game and Fish Wildlife Chief Jeb Williams says with another mild winter, that restriction could be lifted next year.

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