Refunds offered to 9,000 North Dakota deer hunters due to disease outbreak

North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is offering license refunds to more than 9,000 deer hunters due to an outbreak of disease in western North Dakota.

State wildlife officials in August began documenting deer deaths due to epizootic hemorrhagic disease — commonly called EHD.

“Loss of deer to this disease appears to have extended into October and covers a large area of western North Dakota,” said Bruce Stillings, big game supervisor for the department.