2013 Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Elk Harvests
Harvest statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success during the 2013 season for bighorn sheep was 100 percent, 91 percent for moose and 50 percent for elk.
The department issued three bighorn sheep licenses and auctioned one. All four hunters harvested a bighorn ram.
North Dakota spring light goose hunters can track general locations of geese as birds make their way through the state.
Hunters are able to call (701) 328-3697 to hear recorded information 24 hours a day. Migration reports are also posted on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Updates will be provided periodically during the week as migration events occur, until the season ends or geese have left the state.
The North Dakota Game Wardens Association has a $300 scholarship available for a graduating high school senior entering college in fall 2014 who enrolls in fisheries or wildlife management with an emphasis on law enforcement.
Applicants must be North Dakota residents and have maintained a 3.25 grade point average. The scholarship will be awarded to the student upon proof of enrollment in college.
Applications are available by contacting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at 328-6604; or email email@example.com. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 9, 2014.
Applications for this springâ€™s turkey season must be in the mail and postmarked before midnight Feb. 12. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.
Prospective hunters can submit a lottery application online, or print an application, at the Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can also be submitted by calling (800) 406-6409. Online or phone applications must be logged before midnight Feb. 12.
Application forms are also available at most license vendors, county auditors and Game and Fish offices.
Volunteer instructors for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department were recognized Jan. 4 at the annual banquet in Bismarck.
Skip Balzer, Bismarck, received the volunteer of the year award. Balzer was mentioned for volunteering thousands of hours at rifle ranges and wildlife management areas, Family Fishing Days, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, state fair and fish camps.
Bismarck resident Clair Huwe was named instructor of the year. Huwe was recognized for his work with the Hooked on Fishing program, including Family Fishing Days, fish camps and the state fair.
North Dakotaâ€™s spring light goose season opens Feb. 15 and continues through May 18.
Residents can hunt during the spring season by having last fallâ€™s 2013-14 bird licenses. Otherwise, hunters will need to purchase either a 2014-15 combination license; or a small game, and general game and habitat license.
The state Game and Fish Department is offering 5,880 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, a decrease of 50 from last year. The decrease is a result of poor production and chick recruitment.
Two of the 22 hunting units have slightly more spring licenses than in 2013, while 16 remain the same. Unit 21 (most of Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed in 2014 due to lack of turkeys in the unit.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department hunter education instructors are invited to attend one of four regional workshops scheduled in 2014.
The workshops are Jan. 25 at the Pizza Ranch in Grand Forks; Feb. 15 at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson; March 15 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo; and March 29 at the Riverside Holiday Inn in Minot.
Conference invites, workshop topics and registration information will be mailed out to all certified instructors. Instructors are asked to preregister by returning the registration form.
The State Game and Fish Department has scheduled eight public meetings in February to discuss deer management in North Dakota.
Department officials will present an overview of the current deer population and prospects for the future, and look for input on possible options for changes in the way deer licenses are allocated.
A second deer taken from unit 3F2 during the 2013 deer gun season has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
A hunter shot the adult whitetail buck in western Grant County and submitted the head for testing as part of the hunter-harvested surveillance program. Testing was performed at Michigan State University, and verification of initial tests results are pending from a national lab in Ames, Iowa. In addition, results from the remaining 3F2 samples, as well as all samples from the eastern third of the state, should be known in another month.