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Published November 27, 2012, 08:50 AM

No accidents reported during North Dakota deer gun season

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — No one was reported injured in North Dakota during this year's deer gun hunting season, the state Game and Fish Department says.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — No one was reported injured in North Dakota during this year's deer gun hunting season, the state Game and Fish Department says.

Last year there were five hunting-related incidents reported, with two deaths.

More advertisements about safety and fewer hunters were big reasons for the drop in the number of accidents, Game and Fish hunter education coordinator Zach Peterson told KXMB-TV. Only about 65,000 licenses were made available, 40 percent fewer than last year, because of a decline in the deer population due to three straight harsh winters beginning in 2008.

The season lasted about two weeks. It opened Nov. 9 and closed on Sunday.

"It is always good to get out of the deer season accident free, but we have a while to go here," Peterson said. "Pheasant season goes into January and we also have (deer) archery and muzzleloader seasons going on yet, too. There is still a ways to go, and safety has to be on the foremost of your memory when you are going out there."

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