After 20 years of applications, Bismarck man gets moose license

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Today marks the opening of the moose bow hunting season, a once in a lifetime event for hunters in North Dakota.

Randy Hohbein says he's never seen a moose in the wild, but he's been preparing all summer for his chance to shoot one.

The once in a lifetime hunt is on, for the trophy head to add to the wall.

"It's my ultimate dream hunt, so it'll mean, it'll be the biggest hunting event of my life in sure," said Hohbein.

Randy has been applying for a moose license for over 20 years, and when his number was selected, he felt he had hit the jackpot.

"When I got the email from game and fish, that I had been selected, or drawn a moose tag, I was here at work, and I literally screamed, cause I didn’t believe it," said Hohbein.

The preparation for the big hunt began right away.

"Going up and scouting, I've talked to people at game and fish, and I’ve talked to other hunters that have gone through this," said Hohbein.

Only 475 people received a license this season.

"We have literally 10's and thousands of people applying for these license annually," said Bill Jensen, big game biologist for the Department of Game and Fish.

And their odds at getting a moose is just as good as their luck of getting a license.

"For moose the hunter success generally runs between 90 and 95 percent," said Jensen.

Which gets Randy excited for the upcoming months.

"At night when I go to sleep that’s the last thing I'm thinking about," said Jensen.

In hopes of making another dream come true.

As for the moose that was tranquilized and released back into the environment near Grand Forks-hunters in zones M-5 and 6 are warned to be cautious.

The drugs first responders used are not FDA approved and have a 28-day withdrawal period before the meat should be consumed.