A strong sheep population and record demand have combined to create an increased number of hunting licenses in North Dakota this year.
The Game and Fish Department is allocating six bighorn licenses for the upcoming season, up one from last year and double the number issued two years ago, the Bismarck Tribune reported. The number of licenses is based on a summer population survey which showed a 22% increase in rams, which hunters seek for their large curled trophy horns.
This year, a record of nearly 17,000 people applied for licenses, which are distributed through a lottery drawing. Successful applicants have been notified. The bighorn season opens Oct. 30 and runs through the end of the year. For more information, please visit gf.nd.gov.