The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has initiated a winter creel survey in the south central part of the state to learn who is fishing and what theyâ€™re catching.
â€śOur guys will be hitting various small district lakes scattered throughout south central North Dakota, primarily in Logan and McIntosh counties and northern Kidder County, where you find clusters of lakes,â€ť said Scott Gangl, department fisheries management section leader.
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.
North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded duck hunting in the high plains unit continues through Jan. 4, 2015.
In addition, the season for Canada geese closed Dec. 25, except for the Missouri River Zone, which closes Jan. 2, 2015. Light goose hunting closes statewide Jan. 4, 2015.
Archery deer, fall turkey, sharp-tailed and ruffed grouse, partridge, pheasant and tree squirrel hunting seasons continue through Jan. 4, 2015.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF news editor Greg Freeman talks about the Department's outdoors legislation web page. Click here to Watch!
Mountain lion hunting during the late season in zone 1 is closed immediately. The zoneâ€™s late-season quota of seven was filled after three cats were taken yesterday.
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.
The 6th mountain lion has been taken in the Zone 1 late season. The late season quota for zone 1 is 7 lions. The Zone 1 late season remains open until the 7th mountain lion is taken, or March 31, whichever comes first. In Zone 2, the season is also open through March 31, and there is no harvest quota. More details available here: or http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/ furbearers/mountain-lions
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF director Terry Steinwand talks about the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session. Click here to Watch!
North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand recently honored a number of employees with performance-based awards. Steinwand presented the following awards at the departmentâ€™s annual staff meeting Dec. 11.
Alan Howard, North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game warden stationed in Minot, is the stateâ€™s 2014 Wildlife Officer of the Year. Howard was honored recently by the Shikar-Safari Club International, a private conservation organization that annually recognizes outstanding wildlife officers in each state.
In a nomination letter sent to Shikar-Safari, chief warden Robert Timian said Howardâ€™s district has seen a population growth, which has led to increased pressure on wildlife.
Brian Hosek, IT section supervisor and GIS coordinator 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. 11 in Bismarck.
Terry Steinwand, Game and Fish director, said Hosek produces high quality work on a consistent basis. â€śBrianâ€™s expertise and creative thinking has led to many practical, efficient and effective advances with the department,â€ť Steinwand said.