Even though the number of strutting males observed during the spring sage grouse survey was up 15 percent from last year, the population remains well below management objectives. Therefore, the sage grouse hunting season will remain closed in 2012.
Aaron Robinson, North Dakota Game and Fish Department upland game bird biologist, said biologists counted 72 males on 12 active strutting grounds. Last year, 63 males were counted on 12 active leks in the southwest.
â€śThis is great news,â€ť Robinson said. â€śThe population has shown it can possibly come back given the right conditions.â€ť
Tomorrow, Wednesday May 16, is the Park and Rec board meeting to make a decision as to the fate/future of the City Park Band Shell. Erected in 1931 by the Citizens of Valley City dedicated to early resident D.W. Clark, the founder of the first city band, the floods of 09,10 and 11 did a number on the foundation beneath it where the walls of the basement are collapsing in and taking the structure with it.
Paddlefish Snagging Season to Close to Additional Harvest Friday Afternoon
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department announced today that the state's 2012 paddlefish snagging season will close to any additional harvest at 1 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Friday, May 11, to protect the population level of the fish. The additional seven-day snag-and-release season will begin Saturday, May 12 and run through Friday, May 18.
Deer Season Set, Online Apps Available May 9
North Dakotaâ€™s 2012 deer season is set, with 65,300 licenses available to hunters this fall, 44,650 fewer than last year and the lowest since 1988.
Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for the State Game and Fish Department, said the decline in the deer population is a result of increased adult mortality and reduced fawn production following the severe winters of 2008-10. In addition, the extreme winter conditions followed nearly a decade of aggressive deer management featuring large numbers of antlerless licenses in many units.
On Wednesday, April 25th, twelve Maple Valley @ Oriska elementary school students participated in the annual Regional Science Olympiad competition at the Valley City Eagles Club. The team, which consisted of 5 sixth graders and 7 fifth graders, captured third place following an afternoon of competition. First place was awarded to Griggs County and second place went to Barnes County North.
Game Warden Exam is May 18
Individuals interested in taking the game warden exam scheduled for May 18 are reminded to submit a letter of intent to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department before 5 p.m., May 17.
Letters of intent should be addressed to chief game warden Robert Timian, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501â€‘5095. The test will be given at 10 a.m., May 18 at the department's main office in Bismarck.
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a bachelorâ€™s degree. Other requirements are a current North Dakota peace officer license, or eligibility for a license, and a valid driverâ€™s license. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills in communications and writing, and must not have a record of any felony convictions.
Game wardens enforce game and fish laws and related regulations in an assigned district and other locations as determined by the department. Wardens normally work alone under varied conditions, at all hours of the day, night and weekends. In addition to law enforcement duties, wardens assist in the areas of public relations, education programs, and hunter and boat safety education.
Game warden duties also require the ability to perform physically demanding tasks involving lifting and carrying large, heavy objects, walking and running over uneven terrain and tolerating adverse weather and other environmental conditions.
Selection procedures following the test may include an evaluation of the application, a structured oral interview, background and reference checks, and psychological and medical examinations.
The salary for beginning game wardens through training is $3,000 per month. Upon successful completion of training, the salary is $3,550 per month. Wardens also receive the state benefits package, including travel allowance. Uniforms and other equipment are provided.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Justler 1961
A Colorful Symphony
Alec Bings: â€śMany years ago, on this very spot, there was a beautiful city of fine houses and inviting spaces, and no one who lived here was ever in a hurry. The streets were full of wonderful things to see and the people would often stop to look at them.â€ť
â€śDidnâ€™t they have any place to go?â€ť asked Milo?
North Dakotaâ€™s paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through the end of the month. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 36-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department.
The Annual Maple Valley PTO Burger, Bingo and Silent Auction Fun Night will be held at the Oriska Elementary School on Thursday, April 12, 2012. Burgers will be served from 5:30-7:00 p.m.; Silent Auction items will be on display from 5:30-7:15 p.m.; and, Bingo will run from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Soft serve ice cream will also be served.
North Dakotaâ€™s NASP State Archery Tournament Scheduled in Bismarck
The state Game and Fish Department invites all North Dakota schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program to register for the annual state tournament. The 2012 tournament is held April 13-14 at the VFW Sports Center in Bismarck.