The March-April issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is the special fishing issue. Itâ€™s highlighted by a statewide overview by Fisheries Division Chief Greg Power. A detailed look at last years stocking and this years fishing and boating access are also featured. Check these stories and more for free in the full March-April issue available right here: or here
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is once again celebrating Earth Day by sponsoring clean-up days on public-owned or managed lands.
With Earth Day recognized April 22, each member of a school, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, 4-H club or youth organization who participates in cleaning up public lands through May will receive a specifically designed conservation patch.
More than 600 waterfowl carcasses discovered at Nelson Lake in Oliver County in March are a result of avian cholera, a bacteria that is readily spread in areas where waterfowl congregate in large numbers.
Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the initial inspection on March 10 revealed the presence of primarily mallards and Canada geese, already in varying states of decay. â€śBased on carcass decomposition, it looked like the onset was likely weeks earlier,â€ť Grove said.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish Missouri River System fisheries supervisor Dave Fryda talks about the fishing outlook on the Missouri River system, and district fisheries supervisor Paul Bailey gives an overview of the South Central District prospects. Find more fishing information right here and then Click here to Watch!
The next guide and outfitter written examination is May 16 at 1 p.m. at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department office in Bismarck. The test is given periodically to anyone interested in becoming a hunting guide or outfitter in the state.
In addition to passing a written exam, qualifications for becoming a guide include a background check for criminal and game and fish violations; certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and standard first aid; and employment by or contract with a licensed hunting outfitter.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists are asking anglers for help in documenting lakes that may have experienced winter fish mortality.
Fisheries management section leader Scott Gangl said some winterkill is expected every year, with the severity depending on winter weather. With this yearâ€™s conditions, he doesnâ€™t anticipate major widespread fish kills.
Nearly 550 archers registered to compete in the North Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament March 21-22 in Minot.
Winning back-to-back titles in the high school (grades 9-12) and middle school (grades 7-8) divisions were Hankinson and Wahpeton. Taking top honors in the elementary school (grades 4-6) division was Hankinson.
Overall male and female winners were Spencer Brockman of North Sargent and defending champion Lisa Buckhaus of Hankinson.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish fisheries development supervisor Bob Frohlich talks about boat ramp access. Click here to Watch! and click here to see full details on North Dakota boating access and information http://gf.nd.gov/boating
Applications for this fallâ€™s moose and elk hunting seasons must be in the mail and postmarked before midnight March 25.
To apply online, or to print out an application to mail, access the North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov. Applications are also available at Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors.
Residents age 18 or older are reminded to prove residency on the application by submitting a valid North Dakota driverâ€™s license number or a North Dakota nondriver photo identification number.
As snow geese continue to make their way through the state, hunters are advised to properly identify their target as whooping cranes could potentially be in the same areas.
Whooping cranes are also 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.