CWD Surveillance Continues
The state Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2014 hunting season, by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis from 10 units in North Dakota. In addition, all moose and elk harvested in the state are eligible for testing.
Samples from hunter-harvested deer taken in the central portion of the state will be tested from units 2H, 2I, 2J1, 2J2, 2K1, 2K2, 3A4, 3B3 and 3C. In addition, deer will be tested from unit 3F2 in the southwest.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF wildlife veterinarian Dan Grove talks about big gamediseases and chronic wasting disease surveillance. Click here to Watch! More details on CWD here: http://www.gf.nd.gov/wildlife/fish-wildlife/wildlife-diseases/chronic-wa...
Fall turkey licenses remain in Unit 25 for hunters who do not have a license, or for those who want additional licenses. Hunters are allowed a maximum of 15 licenses for the fall season.
Unit 25 covers McHenry County and portions of Pierce and Ward counties.
Resident and nonresident hunters can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.
The fall turkey season is open through Jan. 4, 2015.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. Friday, Nov. 7 at noon marks the opening of the 2014 regular deer gun season. Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams talks about the upcoming deer firearms season. Click here to Watch!
Waterfowlers hunting from boats are encouraged to wear properly-fitted life jackets while on the water.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department boat and water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt said there are hunting jackets available with life jackets already built in.
â€śThere are no excuses, they are light and comfortable to wear,â€ť Boldt said.
Eight people have drowned in state waters since 1998 while hunting from a boat, and none were wearing life jackets. Boldt wants to make sure a duck hunter doesnâ€™t become another statistic.
Whooping cranes are in the midst of their fall 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.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urges deer hunters to find their license and check it for accuracy.
Every year the Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s licensing section receives last-minute inquiries from hunters who canâ€™t find their license. When that happens, itâ€™s difficult to try to get a replacement license in time for the season opener.
Another reason to check the license now is to make sure the unit and species is what was intended.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists are assessing how the cooler-than-normal summer may have impacted fish spawning and stocking success across the state.
Fisheries management section leader Scott Gangl said it looks like catches varied this year, depending on the lake or fish species. â€śOn a lot of our smaller lakes, we had extremely high catch rates of young-of-the-year fish in some, but disappointing catches in others,â€ť Gangl said. â€śOverall, though, Iâ€™d say we experienced average reproduction and stocking success.â€ť
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department website is packed full of information and tools. With the expansion of mobile use, this information is available for many different formats and uses, from your desktop at home to your handheld device in the field. Game and Fish GIS coordinator Brian Hosek talks about the Department's mapping applications. Click here to Watch! This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov.
North Dakotaâ€™s roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August indicates total birds and number of broods are up statewide from 2013.
Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the survey shows total pheasants are up 30 percent from last year. In addition, brood observations were up 37 percent, while the average brood size was down 4 percent. The final summary is based on 253 survey runs made along 106 brood routes across North Dakota.