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Wildlife Management Program

What is the Wildlife Management Program?

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. Read more about the history of the Wildlife Management Program (PDF).

In 2013 archery turkey hunting was added to the Wildlife Management Program.

Who can participate in the Wildlife Management Program?

Only adults 18 and older who have successfully completed the Wildlife Management Training Program are eligible to participate.  The Wildlife Management Training Program is conducted in Fargo during mid-July and consists of the training, followed by a written test and a proficiency shooting test with the participant’s archery equipment. 

How do I sign up for a Wildlife Management Training Session?

The notification to the public of the upcoming year’s training session is posted during the first week of June on the Fargo Police website (  This notification will provide instructions on registering for the training.  Registration will be allowed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all available training spots are filled.  (In 2014, 60 applicants were allowed to register for the training.  The training sessions were full within two weeks of posting the notification of training.)

How many licenses are available?

45 hunters are allowed to participate.  Those hunters are selected by lottery from the pool of applicants who have successfully completed the Wildlife Management Training Program.  In the 2014-2015 season there were 90 antlerless deer tags and 45 any-turkey tags available.  A hunter could initially purchase two deer tags and one turkey tag.  After October 31st any remaining tags could be purchased on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Who do I contact with questions about the program?

Contact Lieutenant Mat Sanders at (701) 476-4090 with any questions. 

*The next training announcement for the 2016-2017 season will be posted during the first week of June 2016.