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winter fish kill

March 31, 2015

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 year’s conditions, he doesn’t anticipate major widespread fish kills.

2015 ND National Archery in Schools State Tournament results

March 30, 2015

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.

have you seen?

March 27, 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 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

moose & elk application deadline

March 25, 2015

Applications for this fall’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 Department’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 driver’s license number or a North Dakota nondriver photo identification number.

whooping crane migration

March 24, 2015

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.

CWD positive test

March 23, 2015

Two mule deer taken during the 2014 deer gun season from unit 3F2 in southwestern North Dakota have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian for the State Game and Fish Department.
The total now stands at seven deer to test positive for CWD since 2009, and all were from the same general area within unit 3F2.
“This isn’t surprising, and the number of positives coming out of the area remains low,” Grove said, while mentioning both hunters were notified of the positive results.

have you seen?

March 20, 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 aquatic nuisance species coordinator Fred Ryckman talks about ANS in North Dakota waters. Click here to Watch! the video and click here to review a series of FAQs (frequently asked questions) about ANS in North Dakota http://gf.nd.gov/ans/faqs

2015 spring advisory board meetings

March 19, 2015

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.

April 1 new fishing license needed

March 18, 2015

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.

2014 deer season statistics

March 17, 2015

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.

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