Hunters across the state headed out today for the start of deer gun season.
About 67,500 tags have been issued for today's opener.
This is an increase of about 10,000 from last year.
State Game and Fish Wildlife division chief Jeb Williams says the deer population is trending up in western North Dakota, while the eastern part of the state has been slower, still recovering from the rough winters of 2009 through 2011.
In 2018, 64 percent of tag holders shot a deer, a little below the department's benchmark of 70 percent.