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Published September 08, 2011, 10:15 PM

Fort Ransom seeks to control deer population

Fort Ransom, ND (WDAY TV) - The deer population in Fort Ransom well exceeds the people population in town, and that's causing major tree destruction, especially in the state park.

The deer population in Fort Ransom well exceeds the people population in town, and that's causing major tree destruction, especially in the state park. So a hunting season with some new regulations is taking aim at any deer that crosses paths with the hunters.

The difference is pretty obvious. inside the fence natural tree growth. Outside, still natural tree growth but open to be eaten by the deer. Park rangers even tried putting pepper on the trees to stop the deer, but that didin't work so the only solution was to put these cages around every single tree in the park.

Forty year hunter and park worker Terry Anderson says the deer population is staggering. The young trees a favorite food of the deer are gone as quickly as they're planted..

Terry Anderson – Hunter/Park Worker: "Really don't pay that much attention to it but over the course of 10 years, it’s pretty crazy."

So come later this Fall 650 of the 950 Acre state park will become a hunting grounds for bow, muzzle loaders and rifle...

John Kwapinski – Fort Ransom Park Manager: "Our hopes too is having the hunters moving around in the hills, and chase the deer out of the park and over the fence so maybe a neighboring landowner can get one on his land."

80 hunting permits were issued in the park last year. And this year a bow season was added on November 20th.

Terry Anderson: "When you see 2,300 deer and they move in to an area they feel safe and this is going to happen."

It's a hunters dream, too many deer with the open invite to come in and harvest...

Fort Ransom is one of three state parks in the state to allow the hunt in which you'll need a special permit. If you want more information call the park at 701-973-4331

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