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snow goose update-posted Doug Leier

April 4, 2014

As a former game warden, biologist and sometimes hunter since the 1999 birth of the spring hunt the best snow goose advice I can give you going into the weekend is use the snowline and your gut as a guide. I've put the snow line link in here, but check the date/current conditions as the air temperature will change it daily. While the massive snow/storms caught some birds off guard hunters right now in Dakota are looking for the belly of the migration and it stands to be on the South Dakota side of of the border as I type this.

Ducks Unlimited award

April 3, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. – April 3, 2014 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2013, the Bismarck chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

snow goose update-posted Doug Leier

April 2, 2014

Prior to Monday’s spring blizzard, snow geese were seen moving north through much of the state, with some reaching as far as Devils Lake. However, up to a foot of snow fell throughout the day, and the weather forecast calls for more snow through Thursday. Temperatures call for highs in the 40s the end of the week.

Some Notes on the Spring Migration Route

ND State Archery Tournament-Doug Leier

April 1, 2014

The State Game and Fish Department invites all North Dakota schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program to register for the annual state tournament. The 2014 tournament is April 11-12 at the VFW Sports Center in Bismarck.

walleye tagging study-Doug Leier

April 1, 2014

Year one of a multi-year walleye tagging study on the Missouri River and Lake Oahe is complete, and returns are providing biologists with valuable information.

Scott Gangl, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries management section leader, said more than 9,100 fish were tagged in 2013, the first year of the four-year study, and nearly 1,400 tag numbers were turned in by anglers.

Advisory Board meetings rescheduled

March 31, 2014

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s advisory board meetings scheduled for tonight and tomorrow in Williston, Turtle Lake and Walhalla have been postponed due to inclement weather and travel difficulties. The meeting scheduled for tomorrow in Makoti will take place as planned.

The meeting in Turtle Lake is rescheduled for Monday, April 14. Reschedule dates for the Williston and Walhalla meetings are pending.

The complete list of spring advisory board meetings is available by visiting the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov.

keep an eye out for whooping crane-by Doug Leier

March 27, 2014

Whooping cranes are in the midst of their spring migration and sightings will increase as they make their way through North Dakota over the next several weeks. Anyone seeing these birds as they move through the state is asked to report sightings so the birds can be tracked.

snow goose update-posted Doug Leier

March 26, 2014

While most of the migration appears to remain south, large numbers of snow geese could be on the move into the state this weekend with temperatures to be in the 60s on Saturday. Snow geese have been observed in North Dakota mainly in the southeastern and south central portions of the state.

Some Notes on the Spring Migration Route

last chance!-by Doug Leier

March 26, 2014

The 2014 big three applications close at midnight Dec 26! North Dakota’s 2014 bighorn sheep, elk and moose proclamation is finalized and most season information is the same as last year.

spring ground conditions changing-Doug Leier

March 25, 2014

Anglers and hunters are reminded to be wary of ground conditions when traveling to and from a favorite fishery or hunting location.

Greg Power, fisheries chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said with fishing good statewide, many anglers are taking advantage of late-season ice and early-season shore fishing.

“However, travel can be difficult this time of year with the soft conditions,” Power said. “We urge anglers to use common sense when conditions are likely to cause problems with township roads and access points.”

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