The Wildlife Management Program was established in 2007 to address the increasing deer problems associated with the population of deer along the Red River corridor. The police department was directed by the Fargo City Commission to address the increased complaints from citizens about deer depredation problems. A committee of police, Park District, City Attorney and ND Game & Fish Department representatives was established to address the deer problem. After considerable research the committee advised the best solution would be strictly managed archery deer hunts.
In 2013 archery turkey hunting was added to the Wildlife Management Program.
The next available training classes will be held in mid June. Registration for those classes will open at 8 a.m. on June 1st.
Registration will be allowed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all available training spots are filled. In 2016, 55 applicants will be allowed to register for the training. In the past, training sessions have filled up within two weeks of posting the notification of training.
Once registered, participants must attend one session of training and pass a proficiency test and written test to be eligible to apply for a special archery permit from the North Dakota Game & Fish Department. Training is conducted by the Fargo Police Department, Fargo Park District, North Dakota Game & Fish Department and North Dakota Bow Hunters’ Association.
Registration for this training is required, and will be completed online.