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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.

take a look

April 27, 2015

It doesn't matter if you hunt, fish, trap, or simply just enjoy catching a passing glimpse of the rainbow bright spring plumage of a drake wood duck. The sights of the North Dakota outdoors are a wonderful array of fish, wildlife, and landscapes with sunrises and sets or storms and clouds as an unequaled backdrop.

While these "gotta be there" moments are etched in our memory forever, we're also familiar with how a lasting image can stamp a date, time and place for future reference.

have you seen?

April 25, 2015

This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. This is the fourth of our annual fishing reports. District fisheries supervisors Randy Hiltner and BJ Kratz give overviews of the fishing prospects in the northeast and southeast fishing districts. Click here to Watch! And the visit the Game and Fish websites fishing portal where you'll find information on stocking, contour maps, fishing access, get your license and more right here!

2015 paddlefish season

April 24, 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.

WMA camping restrictions

April 22, 2015

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will continue to implement camping restrictions on some wildlife management areas in western North Dakota and along Lake Sakakawea.
Overnight camping is prohibited on the following WMAs: Antelope Creek, Lewis and Clark, Big Oxbow, Ochs Point, Neu’s Point, Overlook, Sullivan and Tobacco Garden in McKenzie County; Van Hook in Mountrail County; and Hofflund Bay and Trenton in Williams County.

active bald eagle nests

April 21, 2015

While there are likely 125 more active bald eagle nests in the state than 15 years ago, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department continues to monitor this bird that once flirted with extinction.
Sandra Johnson, Game and Fish conservation biologist, said the department is looking for locations of nests with eagles present, not individual eagle sightings.
Johnson said eagles are actively incubating eggs in March and April, and it’s easy to distinguish an eagle nest because of its enormous size.

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