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2014 deer lottery held

August 4, 2014

Deer Lottery Held, Antlerless Licenses Remain

North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held and individual results are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.

More than 2,300 antlerless deer gun licenses remain. Only resident applicants who were unsuccessful in the first lottery can apply for remaining licenses.

The first lottery application process – deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner – had more than 94,000 applicants, and 46,000 were unsuccessful.

2014 North Dakota swan season is set

August 2, 2014

Swan Hunt Application Available Online

The online application for North Dakota’s 2014 tundra swan license lottery is available on the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. The deadline for applying is Aug. 13.

Paper applications will be available from Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors. Hunters can also apply by calling 800-406-6409. A service fee is added for license applications made by phone.

North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply.

2014 early Canada goose season

July 31, 2014

North Dakota’s early Canada goose season is set, and bag limits and licensing requirements are the same as last year.

The season will open Aug. 15 and continue through Sept. 15, except in the Missouri River Zone where the season ends Sept. 7. The early Canada goose season has a limit of 15 daily and 45 in possession.

Limits and shooting hours for the early season are different from the regular season. Shooting hours during the early season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset daily.

pronghorn application deadline

July 30, 2014

Pronghorn applicants are reminded the deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 hunting season is Aug. 6. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.
Hunters are encouraged to apply online at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. People who have accumulated preference points and choose not to apply this year will not lose their points.

9 year old breaks state goldeye record

July 28, 2014

Youth angler Brayden Selzler’s catch on July 25 shattered a state record for goldeye that’s been in the books for 16 years.

The 9-year-old Velva angler reeled in a 4-pound, 12-ounce goldeye from Lake Audubon.

The previous record of 3 pounds, 13 ounces was established in 1998 by Craig Unser, a Mandan angler who was fishing New John’s Lake.

record walleye stocking

July 21, 2014

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently wrapped up stocking walleye in a record 133 lakes across the state.

Jerry Weigel, fisheries production and development supervisor, said thanks to the excellent walleye fingerling production from the Garrison Dam and Valley City national fish hatcheries, these waters received nearly 10 million fingerlings.

have you seen?

July 20, 2014

The July issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is out and has a great piece on the crappie of Jamestown Reservoir & Pipestem Reservoir. It’s an excellent read and you’ll learn more about the work being done by Game and Fish fisheries managers and biologists. Check this story and more for free in the full July issue available right here: or here
http://www.gf.nd.gov/magazines/july-2014

hunting guide and outfitter exam-Doug Leier

July 17, 2014

The next guide and outfitter written examination is Aug. 9 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.

furharvester education classes

July 17, 2014

The North Dakota Cooperative Fur Harvester Education Program is sponsoring fur harvester education classes for anyone interested in trapping or hunting furbearers.
Courses in Bismarck and Jamestown are set for Aug. 12, 14 and 16.
A course in Velva is scheduled for Aug. 19, 21 and 23.
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a course Sept. 16, 18 and 20.
Courses are free and take 16 hours to complete over a three-day period.

curley leaf pondweed

July 16, 2014

The recent discovery of curly leaf pondweed in Raleigh Reservoir in Grant County serves as a reminder for anglers to take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department ANS coordinator Fred Ryckman said a fisheries crew discovered the unwanted plant in late June.
“This does not come as a total surprise since curly leaf is found in the Missouri River,” Ryckman said, noting the close proximity of the Missouri River to Raleigh Reservoir.

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