Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civil organizations are urged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrowâ€™s Hunters program, a State Game and Fish Department grant program developed to assist recruitment of the next generation of hunters and shooters.
The maximum grant allowed is $3,000. The program currently helps fund approximately 40 club and organizational events and projects, with an average grant of $1,550.
The February issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine has a review of the 2014 year from the Enforcement Division. Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams explains the latest on the North Dakota bighorn sheep population and the considerations for closing the 2015 season. Plus a look at the Devils Lake walleye population. Check these stories and more for free in the full February issue available right here: or here
Anglers have until mid-March to remove permanent fish houses from North Dakota waters, and from any state wildlife management area or federal refuge land.
State law requires permanent fish houses must be removed from North Dakota waters by midnight March 15. In addition, it is illegal to leave fish houses on any state-owned or managed land, and federal refuge land, after March 15.
Anglers are advised to use caution while accessing area lakes because mild weather conditions can quickly result in unstable ice conditions.
Fish houses may be used after March 15 if they are removed daily.
Elk and Moose Seasons Set, No Bighorn Sheep Season
North Dakotaâ€™s elk and moose hunting seasons are set with more licenses available in 2015 than last year. However, the bighorn sheep hunting season will be closed for the first time since 1983.
Anglers are reminded that North Dakotaâ€™s darkhouse spearfishing season closes March 15.
Individuals who would still like to get out for the first time this year must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Registration is available through the departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish Department office.
March 15 is also the deadline for anglers to remove permanent fish houses from state waters.
The 2015 spring wild turkey lottery has been held and hopeful hunters can check individual results by accessing the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov.
A total of 700 licenses remain in nine units. The governorâ€™s proclamation allows a maximum of two licenses, and hunters who did not apply in the first drawing are also eligible.
Boat owners purchasing watercraft from private individuals this winter are reminded to register it in their name with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Registering a used watercraft purchased from an individual must include proof of transfer of ownership, such as a photocopy of the previous ownerâ€™s registration card, a canceled check or a signed note from the previous owner stating transfer of ownership.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish fisheries division chief Greg Power talks about this year's Dissolved Oxygen Testing. Click here to Watch!
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 202 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2015.
The deadline for applying is March 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.
The nonresident any-deer bow application is available at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. The application must be printed and sent in to the department.
The North Dakota Game Wardens Association has a $300 scholarship available for a graduating high school senior entering college in fall 2015 who enrolls in fisheries or wildlife management with an emphasis on law enforcement.
Applicants must be North Dakota residents and have maintained a 3.25 grade point average. The scholarship will be awarded to the student upon proof of enrollment in college.
Applications are available by contacting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at 328-6604; or email email@example.com. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 9, 2015.