The Deal with Deer Units
In North Dakota, the unit in which a sportsman hunts deer is almost analogous to one’s hometown in the grand sense of things, and particularly in November for the state’s firearms deer season. The response of “4B” or “2F2” to the question of “where’d you draw your tag” conjures up rugged hillsides or rolling prairie farmland respectively, and is almost as easy to identify on a mental map as the blacktop roads that surround the hunting area and the small towns which serve as outposts within it. In a time before the more than three dozen units in the state came to be, however, there weren’t so many options and the landscape was broken down into bigger units – and reserve areas – in relation to the management of the state’s herds decades ago.
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