Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department spring 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.
Spring light goose hunters, anglers and trappers are reminded that 2015-16 licenses are required starting April 1.
The 2015-16 small game, fishing and furbearer licenses are effective April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.
Licenses can be purchased online by accessing the online services link at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.
North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 26,300 deer during the 2014 deer gun hunting season.
The State Game and Fish Department made available 48,000 deer gun licenses in 2014, and all licenses were issued. Overall hunter success was 60 percent, with each hunter spending an average of 4.4 days in the field.
Hunter success for antlered white-tailed deer was 60 percent, and antlerless whitetail was 56 percent.
Mule deer buck success was 82 percent. No mule deer doe licenses were issued in 2014.
Jack Fletcherâ€™s catch on Feb. 28 broke a state record for cisco that was established nearly 15 years ago.
The Fargo angler reeled in a 2-pound, 9-ounce cisco from Beaver Bay, Lake Oahe, breaking the old record by 1 ounce.
The previous record was held since 2000 by two family members from Pick City, Tylor and Scott Borup Jr., who each reeled in a 2-pound, 8-ounce cisco from the Garrison Dam Tailrace on the same day.
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 production and development section leader Jerry Weigel talks about fishing information, stocking reports and maps available on the Department website. To view some of the maps and available information click here or http://gf.nd.gov/fishing. When youâ€™re done Click here to Watch!
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.
The maximum grant allowed is $3,000. The program currently helps fund approximately 40 club and organizational events and projects, with an average grant of $1,550.
The February issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine has a review of the 2014 year from the Enforcement Division. Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams explains the latest on the North Dakota bighorn sheep population and the considerations for closing the 2015 season. Plus a look at the Devils Lake walleye population. Check these stories and more for free in the full February issue available right here: or here
Anglers have until mid-March to remove permanent fish houses from North Dakota waters, and from any state wildlife management area or federal refuge land.
State law requires permanent fish houses must be removed from North Dakota waters by midnight March 15. In addition, it is illegal to leave fish houses on any state-owned or managed land, and federal refuge land, after March 15.
Anglers are advised to use caution while accessing area lakes because mild weather conditions can quickly result in unstable ice conditions.
Fish houses may be used after March 15 if they are removed daily.
Elk and Moose Seasons Set, No Bighorn Sheep Season
North Dakotaâ€™s elk and moose hunting seasons are set with more licenses available in 2015 than last year. However, the bighorn sheep hunting season will be closed for the first time since 1983.
Anglers are reminded that North Dakotaâ€™s darkhouse spearfishing season closes March 15.
Individuals who would still like to get out for the first time this year must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Registration is available through the departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish Department office.
March 15 is also the deadline for anglers to remove permanent fish houses from state waters.