The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual spring aerial mule deer survey is set to begin Thursday, April 1, in the western part of the state, the department said Monday. Weather permitting, the survey takes about two weeks to complete.

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As in previous years, people could notice low-flying small airplanes over some parts of the Badlands during the survey period.

Game and Fish biologists have completed aerial surveys of the same 24 Badlands study areas since the 1950s. The purpose of the survey is to determine a population index to assess mule deer abundance in the Badlands.

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