North Dakotaâ€™s 2013 pheasant crowing count survey indicates that rooster numbers were down about 11 percent statewide compared to last year, heading into the spring breeding season.
All four pheasant districts had lower counts than last year. The number of crows heard in the northeast declined by 18 percent, southeast and southwest by 11 percent, and the northwest by nearly 2 percent.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor recreationists who celebrate the Fourth of July along any heavily-used recreational area to keep it clean by packing out all trash, including fireworks.
All garbage, including used fireworks, should be placed in the proper trash receptacle. If trash cans arenâ€™t available, or are full, take the trash and dispose of it at home.
North Dakota game wardens issued a record number of citations during the recent paddlefish snagging season.
From opening day May 1until the season closed May 19, wardens cited more than 170 individuals as part of an annual saturation effort in Williams and McKenzie counties. Last year the citation total for a similar timeframe was 82.
One thing I've learned with close to two decades of work as a game warden and biologist is the outdoors is relative. No matter the deer population if you draw a tag and fill it, odds are you'll consider it pretty successful. And in similar fashion if the duck index is strong (which it is) but the weather pushes the birds through or you just don't have good "luck" hunting, it's hard to acknowledge a strong waterfowl population.
Lab results confirm Dan Faimanâ€™s state record fish is a saugeye.
The Fairview, Mont. angler caught the 12 pound record fish on Jan. 16 from the Yellowstone River. Because the fish had identifying characteristics of both species, genetic material was sent to a lab to determine whether the fish was a walleye, sauger or saugeye, which is a cross between the two.
Faimanâ€™s catch broke the previous record, set in 1984, by 4 ounces.
First let me say that fishing is the most reasonable and economical hobby/activity/past-time you could find in terms of the license to fish. $11 for the entire year! Seriously. Not just one trip...it's good until March 31 of 2014.
I asked myself the question this morning. If I was fishing by myself and caught the state record walleye (or bullhead?) would I feel a little empty compared to if my wife, and/or kids were with me? I would. I know I would. If you don't fish, compare it to getting a hole in one if nobody else is along to witness? Does it count even?
The point in all of this is fishing is not about just catching a limit or a lunker. And getting kids fishing is no easy task. So in that vain we celebrate the FIRST FISH!
North Dakota Lakes Suffer Winterkill
Although this past winter stretched beyond the norm, snowfall throughout most of the state was far from record-setting. Therefore, the number of lakes suffering a fish kill was not extreme.
Scott Gangl, fisheries management section leader for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said approximately 30 winterkills have been confirmed so far this spring. â€śFortunately, the majority of these were considered minor/partial kills, meaning there are still desirable fish to catch in those lakes,â€ť he said.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently stocked six lakes with 2-to-5 pound trout from Wyoming.
Jerry Weigel, fisheries production and development section leader, said each year Wyoming Game and Fish provides trout as part of a trade for walleye fingerlings. This year, Wyoming provided surplus brood stock.
A total of 800 rainbows with a combined weight of 2,100 pounds were stocked in Camels Hump Lake (Golden Valley County), Dickinson Dike (Stark County), North Woodhaven Pond (Cass County) and Mooreton Pond (Richland County).
Producers interested in submitting bids to enroll land in Conservation Reserve Program acres have from May 20 through June 14. Applications received during the CRP signup period will be ranked against others according to the Environmental Benefit Index.