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Looking for some input on which unit to apply for 4b,4c,4d looking for lots of public land and wondering if their are any camp grounds or if a hotel is a better option. Any info will help thanks.

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Are you a ND resident?I assume you are talking about rifle tags.4C is the toughest draw in the state.Usually it takes 3-5 years to get a tag for a buck in one of those units unless you are really lucky.

If you are a NR it takes longer.

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If you are a resident of ND, I believe the chances are a bit better in 4D or 4E. I used to hunt both areas very extensively with bow and gun. A lot of good national grasslands to hunt in, thousands of acres to walk and stalk. If you are lucky enough to draw a muley buck or doe, I would take the time early fall to do some preseason scouting, maybe a little sharptail grouse hunting mixed in, just to get the lay of the land. The Burning coal Vein Campground is a favorite of mine. It is located just west of Amidon a bit and is close to both 4D and 4E. I live in MN now so getting a gun tag in ND Badlands is just about impossible for non-resident. I hunted in that area for over 10 years and loved every minute of it, a lot of good memories.

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Take a look at an article in this month's North Dakota Outdoors Magazine, which details the number of Lottery Applications and success rate for a given unit - that'll give you an idea of what areas have the most lottery apps.

Feb 2009 ND Outdoors

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I grew up in edinburg nd and now live in thief river falls mn. Im in no hurry to get a tag because everyone has said it will take 7 years for a nonres. I can hunt by ray nd on my wifes grandmas land but you dont see very many mules over their. Thanks for you help

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