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2015 tentative opening dates

December 18, 2014

Tentative 2015 Season Opening Dates
To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2015, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.
Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2015 include:

Spring Turkey
April 11
September 1
Deer and Pronghorn Bow, Mountain Lion
September 4
Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel
September 12
Youth Deer
September 18
Youth Waterfowl
September 19
Early Resident Waterfowl
September 26
Pronghorn Gun

2014 game warden exam

December 17, 2014

Individuals interested in taking the game warden exam scheduled for Dec. 29 are reminded to register by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a bachelor’s degree. Other requirements are a current North Dakota peace officer license, or eligibility for a license, and a valid driver’s license. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills in communications and writing, and must not have a record of any felony convictions.

2015 hunter ed classes

December 16, 2014

Students interested in taking a hunter education class in 2015 should visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at for a statewide list of courses. Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.

2014 coyote catalog

December 15, 2014

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.
“I encourage landowners, especially farmers and ranchers who have problems with coyote depredation, to sign up for the Coyote Catalog,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Hunting and trapping are valuable tools in managing these predators.”

have you seen?

December 12, 2014

have you seen?
This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at NDGF chief game warden Robert Timian talks about Gifting Wildlife. Click here to Watch!

clean up the ice

December 9, 2014

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds winter anglers to clean up the ice after fishing. This not only applies to trash, but fish as well.
It is not only unsightly, but it is illegal to leave fish behind on the ice. According to the fishing proclamation, when a fish is caught anglers must either immediately release the fish back into the water unharmed, or reduce them to their daily possession.
It is common practice for some anglers to fillet fish on the ice, but if they don’t clean up after themselves, it’s a problem.

ice house regulations

December 8, 2014

Winter anglers are reminded that any fish house left unoccupied on North Dakota waters must be made out of materials that will allow it to float.
A popular question this time of year is if campers qualify as legal fish houses. The answer is the same for any structure taken on the ice – if it’s left unattended, it must be able to float; if it’s not able to float, it must be removed when the angler leaves the ice.
Other fish house regulations include:
Fish houses do not require a license.

have you seen?

December 5, 2014

have you seen?
This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at Click here to Watch! NDGF fisheries division chief Greg Power talks about this season's Ice Fishing Prospects. Click here to Watch!

late season hunting opportunities

December 3, 2014

North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded the statewide duck and white-fronted goose seasons close Dec. 7. However, duck hunting in the high plains unit reopens Dec. 13 and continues through Jan. 4, 2015.

In addition, the season for Canada geese closes 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.

have you seen?

December 3, 2014

Have you seen?
The November issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine has been out for a couple of weeks and has a comprehensive story on a proposal for deer licensing in 2015. Game and Fish wildlife chief Jeb Williams explains the proposal in depth. It’s an excellent read and you’ll learn more about the history of North Dakota’s deer management and the discussions on the future. Plus a look at North Dakota ice fishing through the years. Check these stories and more in the full November issue available right here: or here

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