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boat ramp courtesy

June 14, 2015

Boaters are reminded to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives a number of complaints every year about overly aggressive behavior at boat ramps. A few simple reminders will help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat.


Don't pull onto ramp until your boat is ready to launch.
Prepare for launching in the parking area. Remove covers, load equipment, remove tie downs, attach lines and put in drain plug, before backing onto the ramp.

have you seen?

June 12, 2015

This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at North Dakota Game and Fish conservation biologist Patrick Isakson talks about Baby Wildlife.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department emphasizes a simple message to well-intentioned humans who want to pick up and rescue what appear to be orphaned baby animals – don’t touch them. Whether it is a young fawn, duckling, cottontail rabbit or a songbird, it is better to just leave them alone.

put garbage where it belongs

June 9, 2015

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor recreationists, including those who will celebrate the Fourth of July along any heavily-used recreational area, to keep it clean this summer by packing out all trash.
All garbage, including used fireworks, should be placed in the proper trash receptacle. If trash cans aren’t available, or are full, take the trash and dispose of it at home.

record walleye stocking!

June 8, 2015

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel will stock a record number of walleye lakes in the coming weeks.
Fisheries production and development supervisor Jerry Weigel said 130 waters are scheduled to receive a share of 9 million fingerlings.
“We need every available pond at Garrison Dam and Valley City fish hatcheries to meet a 9 million walleye fingerling request,” Weigel said.
The growth of walleye lakes, according to Weigel, is directly correlated to the rapid increase in the number of public fishing waters in the state.

It's FREE fishing weekend in North Dakota!

June 5, 2015

North Dakota anglers are reminded they can fish for free June 6-7.

That is the weekend North Dakota residents may fish without a license. All other fishing regulations apply.

Refer to the 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide for season information.

have you seen?

June 4, 2015

Summer visits to wildlife management areas increase as we start summer vacations and close in on the July 4th holiday. If you are visiting and using a WMA, there's specific rules and regulations to be aware of. This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at and North Dakota Game and Fish wildlife division assistant chief Casey Anderson talks about wildlife management area rules and regulations. Click here to Watch!

2015 deer application deadline

June 3, 2015

North Dakota deer hunters are reminded the deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 gun season is June 3. Hunters are encouraged to apply online at the State Game and Fish Department website,

The deadline applies to muzzleloader, regular gun, gratis and nonresident landowner, and youth antlered mule deer applications (specifically for antlered mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, and 4A-4F).

North Dakota Outdoors magazine FREE

May 29, 2015

have you read?
The May issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is available FREE online right now. It’s highlighted by an in depth story from fisheries biologisst Todd Caspers and Randy Hiltner examining the health of Devils Lake fisheries and a biological assessment of possible special fishing regulations. Also a full review of the outdoors bills from the 2015 North Dakota legislative session and a guide to catching catfish on the Red River. Check these stories and more for free in the full May issue available right here: or here

message from ND Game and Fish Director. go fish!

May 28, 2015

Free fishing weekend is coming!

summer water safety

May 27, 2015

Failure to wear a personal floatation device is the main reason people lose their lives in water recreation accidents.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department boat and water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt said safety begins with wearing a personal flotation device, and knowing what’s below the surface of the water.
“Water recreationists need to be alert and safe,” Boldt said. “Swimmers need to know the water’s depth, as serious injuries can occur from diving into water. Large objects hidden below the water’s surface can lead to significant injury.”

Valley City took two from LaMoure, Wednesday night, 10-0 and 7-6.
The Valley City Saints lost to Lamoure tonight 10-0.
Tony Bundy and Ken Didier took place in the 26th Annual Barnes County Wildlife Walleye Tournament....


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