North Dakotaâ€™s spring light goose season opens Feb. 21 and continues through May 17.
Residents can hunt during the spring season by having last fallâ€™s 2014-15 bird licenses. Otherwise, hunters will need to purchase either a 2015-16 combination license; or a small game, and general game and habitat license.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF chief game warden Robert Timian talks about 2014 Game and Fish violations. Click here to Watch! For a full story of North Dakota's 2014 year in review read more right here.
Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2015 are reminded to register early as most classes are held the first few months of the calendar year.
To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov. Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.
All individuals who participate in darkhouse spearfishing are reminded to register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department prior to participating.
Fisheries chief Greg Power said perfect conditions have led to record participation this winter. â€śOur pike population is at levels never seen before, and mild weather conditions coupled with very little snow have led to unlimited lake access,â€ť Power said.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF wildlife division assistant chief Casey Anderson talks about the 2015 spring turkey season. Click here to Watch! Learn more about turkey hunting in North Dakota here or here http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/smallupland/turkey
North Dakotaâ€™s National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament is moving to a new venue to accommodate a growing number of participants.
NASP state coordinator Jeff Long said he expects more than 500 students to participate in this yearâ€™s state tournament, scheduled for March 21-22 at the All Seasons Arena in Minot.
â€śThis event continues to grow each year,â€ť Long said. â€śThe All Seasons Arena in Minot is an ideal location to host the tourney.â€ť
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 5,815 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, 65 fewer than last year.
Two of the 22 hunting units have slightly more spring licenses than in 2014, two have fewer and 17 remain the same. Unit 21 (most of Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed in 2015 due to lack of turkeys in the unit.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF migratory game bird management supervisor Mike Johnson talks about the winter waterfowl survey. Click here to Watch! More information on waterfowl in North Dakota is available here http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/waterfowl and
The January issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is out and has a review of the 2014 year in outdoors. Game and Fish Deputy Director Scott Peterson walks through the highs and lows and a look at some of the 2015 issues and opportunities as well. Plus a look at North Dakota watchable wildlife photo contest winners. Check these stories and more for free in the full January issue available right here: or here
The Coyote Catalog, a statewide effort connecting coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who want fewer coyotes in their areas, has been reopened by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
â€śI encourage landowners, especially farmers and ranchers who have problems with coyote depredation, to sign up for the Coyote Catalog,â€ť said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. â€śHunting and trapping are valuable tools in managing these predators.â€ť