The State Game and Fish Department has scheduled eight public meetings in February to discuss deer management in North Dakota.
Department officials will present an overview of the current deer population and prospects for the future, and look for input on possible options for changes in the way deer licenses are allocated.
A second deer taken from unit 3F2 during the 2013 deer gun season has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
A hunter shot the adult whitetail buck in western Grant County and submitted the head for testing as part of the hunter-harvested surveillance program. Testing was performed at Michigan State University, and verification of initial tests results are pending from a national lab in Ames, Iowa. In addition, results from the remaining 3F2 samples, as well as all samples from the eastern third of the state, should be known in another month.
Bruce Kreft, conservation biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, received the agencyâ€™s Directorâ€™s Award for professional excellence during the Departmentâ€™s annual meeting Dec. 12 in Bismarck.
Terry Steinwand, Game and Fish director, said Kreft is the consummate professional and always represents the department with honor and dignity. â€śBruce doesnâ€™t require direction or fanfare, and brings a great attitude to work every day,â€ť Steinwand said.
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North Dakota ice anglers are reminded that regulations designed to reduce the spread of aquatic nuisance species also apply in winter, and law enforcement officials will continue their efforts to ensure compliance.
Itâ€™s important to reiterate that only legal live bait can be transported in water in a container up to five gallons. Neither game nor nongame species can be transported in water, although a daily catch can be packed in snow.
Other simple methods to prevent winter ANS introductions are:
Â· Do not use illegally imported baits.
Mountain Lion Season Closes in Zone 1
Mountain lion hunting during the late season in zone 1 is closed immediately. The zoneâ€™s late-season quota of seven was filled after five cats were taken this weekend.
Zone 1 includes land south of ND Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where ND Highway 1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from ND Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea then south along ND Highway 8 to ND Highway 200, then west on ND Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S. Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.
Intensive ANS Efforts Continue
Statewide monitoring efforts for aquatic nuisance species in 2013 resulted in only one new infestation â€“ curly-leaf pondweed in Grass Lake in Richland County.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department ANS coordinator Fred Ryckman said for the second consecutive year, no zebra mussels were detected in the Otter Tail and Red rivers at Wahpeton, where immature zebra mussels were found in both 2010 and 2011.
Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2014 should know that most courses are offered early in the calendar year.
To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up online at the 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.
Late-Season Hunting Opportunities End Soon
North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded the statewide duck and white-fronted goose seasons close Dec. 1. However, duck hunting in the high plains unit reopens Dec. 7 and continues through Dec. 29.
In addition, the season for Canada geese closes Dec. 21, except for the Missouri River Zone, which closes Dec. 27. Light goose hunting closes statewide Dec. 29.
Archery deer, fall turkey, sharp-tailed and ruffed grouse, partridge, pheasant and tree squirrel hunting seasons continue through Jan. 5, 2014.
North Dakotaâ€™s darkhouse spearfishing season opens on most state waters December 1. The season extends through March 15. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species.
Darkhouse spearing is allowed for all residents with a valid fishing license and for residents under age 16. Nonresidents may darkhouse spearfish in North Dakota if they are from states that offer the same privilege for North Dakota residents.