North Dakotaâ€™s 2014 deer seasons will look pretty much the same as in previous years.
Through a series of public meetings and an open comment period that ran through March 17, however, deer hunters have provided a lot of input for the State Game and Fish Department to consider for 2015 and beyond.
The bulk of the migration remains south, however reports of huntable numbers of snow geese have been observed moving into parts of south central and south eastern North Dakota. Some geese have even been seen in the central portion of the state.
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in their area.
These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors and agency personnel.
The governor appoints eight Game and Fish Department advisors, each representing a multi-county section of the state, to serve as a liaison between the department and public.
All spring light goose hunters, regardless of age and residency, are reminded that Harvest Information Program registration is required before hunting this spring.
The HIP number can be obtained online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or by calling 888-634-4798. The HIP number is good for the fall season as well, so spring hunters should save it to record on their fall license. Hunters must HIP register in each state for which they are licensed.
North Dakotaâ€™s 2014-16 fishing proclamation is set, with regulations effective April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2016. Anglers are reminded that new fishing licenses are required April 1.
Noteworthy regulation changes include:
Expanded the length of the bowfishing season to include April, October and November.
Expanded the open water spearfishing season to include October and November.
2013 Deer Gun Season Summarized
North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 28,600 deer during the 2013 deer gun hunting season.
The State Game and Fish Department made available 59,500 deer gun licenses in 2013, and more than 98 percent were issued. Overall hunter success was 55 percent, and each hunter spent an average of 4.6 days in the field.
Hunter success for antlered white-tailed deer was 62 percent, and antlerless whitetail was 55 percent.
Mule deer buck success was 82 percent. No mule deer doe licenses were issued in 2013.
As predicted alot changed in the past week. I noted the thin snowcover without much to effort it wouldn't last long once spring arrived. While snow extended to the South Dakota & Nebraska border it wouldn't take much to dissolve it. That's exactly what happened. South Dakota hit 70s and many 60s and 50s across North Dakota. The sun beat the snow in a quick hurry.
Before the birds get to North Dakota they'll be in South Dakota. Pretty basic biology :) here's how SD tracks them.
Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civil organizations are urged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrowâ€™s Hunters program, a State Game and Fish Department grant program developed to assist recruitment of the next generation of hunters and shooters.
Outreach biologist Pat Lothspeich said the intent is to introduce youngsters to a positive shooting or hunting experience. â€śHopefully this will increase the chance that young people will continue to participate in these activities in the future,â€ť Lothspeich said.
North Dakotaâ€™s 2014 bighorn sheep, elk and moose proclamation is finalized and most season information is the same as last year.