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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

winter spearfishing class

December 2, 2014

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program has scheduled a one-day darkhouse spearfishing class Jan. 10 at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Minot.
Women interested in attending the class must register online at the Game and Fish website, The cost is $50, and preregistration with payment is required. Equipment and snacks will be provided. In addition, each participant must register to darkhouse spearfish.
More information is available by contacting Nancy Boldt, program coordinator at 701-328-6312, or email

winter fishing regulations

December 1, 2014

North Dakota anglers are encouraged to refer to the 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide or the State Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations.
In addition, anglers can visit the Game and Fish website,, for an extensive list of fishing questions and answers.
Some winter fishing regulations include:
• A maximum of four poles is legal for ice fishing. However, when fishing a water body where both open water and ice occur at the same time, an angler is allowed a maximum of four poles, of which no more than two poles can be used in open water.

Dec 1 spearfishing opens

November 28, 2014

North Dakota’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.

have you seen?

November 26, 2014

This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at

While the ice is now on the lakes, Game and Fish Department fisheries crews were busy this fall assessing lakes and reservoirs. NDGF fisheries management section leader Scott Gangl talks about the fall fish reproduction surveys. Click here to watch!

have you seen?

November 21, 2014

Ice has been forming for several days now across North Dakota and anglers are eager to get out for this winter time hobby. But there's plenty of safety considerations to take into account.
NDGF water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt talks about Safety on the Ice. Click here to Watch! . This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at

early season ice safety

November 20, 2014

Winter anglers and late-season hunters are reminded to consider ice conditions before traveling onto and across North Dakota lakes, as most small and mid-sized waters currently give the appearance of safe foot travel.

late season refuge hunting

November 19, 2014

Hunters are reminded that several North Dakota national wildlife refuges open to late-season upland game bird hunting the day after the deer gun season closes.
Arrowwood, Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, Lake Alice, Lake Zahl, Long Lake, Lostwood, Tewaukon (pheasants only), and Upper Souris NWRs open Nov. 24.

fishing tournament notice

November 18, 2014

Organizers planning fishing tournaments, including ice fishing contests this winter, are reminded to submit an application along with fishing tournament regulations to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.
The 30-day advance notice allows for review by agency staff to ensure the proposed tournament will not have negative consequences or conflicts with other proposed tournaments for the same location and/or time.
Tournaments may not occur without first obtaining a valid permit from the department.

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