Productive Hunting Season | VideoJason Dumas | 3/21/2013
"Deer population has been down since the winter of 2008, 2009, 2010. Those three winters were difficult winters and having them back to back to back, we lost a lot of deer," said Randy Kreil of North Dakota`s Game and Fish Department.
For hunters who did fill their tag, weather was still a factor in the hunt.
"It was wet, threatening snow, freezing rain, and I wanted be out hiking, hunting around. After a while I was like, you know what, I`m wet enough. First one I see that`s legal, I`m shooting it. And that`s how it kind of ended," said hunter Ron Wilson.
Good weather or bad, Wilson will be out in the field again next year. "I wouldn`t miss it. I would have to be darn sick or a massive blizzard for me not to go. This is one of those things I just really look forward to."
This season the success rate was 63 percent percent, up from 2011`s all-time low of 51 percent.