Year one of a multi-year walleye tagging study on the Missouri River and Lake Oahe is complete, and returns are providing biologists with valuable information.
Scott Gangl, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries management section leader, said more than 9,100 fish were tagged in 2013, the first year of the four-year study, and nearly 1,400 tag numbers were turned in by anglers.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s advisory board meetings scheduled for tonight and tomorrow in Williston, Turtle Lake and Walhalla have been postponed due to inclement weather and travel difficulties. The meeting scheduled for tomorrow in Makoti will take place as planned.
The meeting in Turtle Lake is rescheduled for Monday, April 14. Reschedule dates for the Williston and Walhalla meetings are pending.
The complete list of spring advisory board meetings is available by visiting the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov.
Whooping cranes are 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.
While most of the migration appears to remain south, large numbers of snow geese could be on the move into the state this weekend with temperatures to be in the 60s on Saturday. Snow geese have been observed in North Dakota mainly in the southeastern and south central portions of the state.
Some Notes on the Spring Migration Route
The 2014 big three applications close at midnight Dec 26! North Dakotaâ€™s 2014 bighorn sheep, elk and moose proclamation is finalized and most season information is the same as last year.
Anglers and hunters are reminded to be wary of ground conditions when traveling to and from a favorite fishery or hunting location.
Greg Power, fisheries chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said with fishing good statewide, many anglers are taking advantage of late-season ice and early-season shore fishing.
â€śHowever, travel can be difficult this time of year with the soft conditions,â€ť Power said. â€śWe urge anglers to use common sense when conditions are likely to cause problems with township roads and access points.â€ť
North Dakotaâ€™s 2014 deer seasons will look pretty much the same as in previous years.
Through a series of public meetings and an open comment period that ran through March 17, however, deer hunters have provided a lot of input for the State Game and Fish Department to consider for 2015 and beyond.
The bulk of the migration remains south, however reports of huntable numbers of snow geese have been observed moving into parts of south central and south eastern North Dakota. Some geese have even been seen in the central portion of the state.
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department 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.
All spring light goose hunters, regardless of age and residency, are reminded that Harvest Information Program registration is required before hunting this spring.
The HIP number can be obtained online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or by calling 888-634-4798. The HIP number is good for the fall season as well, so spring hunters should save it to record on their fall license. Hunters must HIP register in each state for which they are licensed.