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2015 North Dakota deer season is set

May 6, 2015

North Dakota’s 2015 deer season is set, with 43,275 licenses available to hunters this fall, 4,725 fewer than last year, and the lowest number since 1978.

Jeb Williams, wildlife chief for the State Game and Fish Department, said deer populations remain well below management objectives in most units, and continuing a conservative management approach is needed to help with recovery efforts.

2015 North Dakota Outdoors Legislation

May 6, 2015

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 23 outdoors-related bills during the 2015 legislative session, 12 of which were passed by both chambers and signed into law. The following bills take effect this year, unless otherwise noted.

2015 North Dakota Game Warden Exam

May 5, 2015

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled an examination to select candidates for the position of district game warden. The test is at 10 a.m., July 17, at the department's main office in Bismarck.
Applicants must register to take the exam no later than July 13, by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website.

2015 moose & elk lotteries

May 4, 2015

North Dakota’s moose and elk lottery results are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.

Applicants can find individual results by clicking “find lottery results/preference points” under the online services link.

Successful applicants will receive a letter the week of May 11, stating the license will be mailed after the successful applicant submits the correct license fee.

2015 North Dakota legislation

May 4, 2015

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 23 outdoors-related bills during the 2015 legislative session, 12 of which were passed by both chambers and signed into law. The following bills take effect this year, unless otherwise noted.

North Dakota Fisheries Management

May 2, 2015

This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish fisheries division chief Greg Power talks about fisheries management in the state. Click here to Watch!

Don't forget to visit the Game and Fish Departments "fishing" portal on the website. It's packed full with everything you might need from contour maps and stocking reports, to boating access and fishing cleaning stations. Click here to visit. or here http://gf.nd.gov/fishing

2015 paddlefish snagging season opener

May 1, 2015

North Dakota’s paddlefish snagging season opens May 1, and the season is scheduled to continue through the end of May. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 24-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department.

Paddlefish tags are available over-the-counter-only in Bismarck at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s main office; in Williston at the Williams County auditor’s office, Scenic Sports and Wal-Mart; and in Dickinson at Runnings Farm and Fleet.

sage grouse count remains low

April 30, 2015

Results from North Dakota’s spring sage grouse survey indicate the number of strutting males observed remains well below management objectives. Therefore, the sage grouse hunting season will remain closed in 2015.

Aaron Robinson, North Dakota Game and Fish Department upland game bird biologist, said biologists counted a record low 30 males on six active strutting grounds. Last year, 31 males were counted on the same leks in the southwest.

boating basics course

April 30, 2015

Boat owners are reminded that children ages 12-15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft this summer must first take the state’s boating basics course.
State law requires youngsters ages 12-15 to pass the course before they operate a boat or personal watercraft with at least a 10 horsepower motor. In addition, major insurance companies give adult boat owners who pass the course a premium discount on boat insurance.

2015 spring mule deer survey

April 28, 2015

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April, and results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population has increased 24 percent from last year.
Bruce Stillings, big game supervisor, said the increase is a result of less severe winters the past couple of years, no harvest of antlerless mule deer during the past three deer hunting seasons, and improved fawn production. The 2015 index is 16 percent higher than the long-term average.

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