As predicted alot changed in the past week. I noted the thin snowcover without much to effort it wouldn't last long once spring arrived. While snow extended to the South Dakota & Nebraska border it wouldn't take much to dissolve it. That's exactly what happened. South Dakota hit 70s and many 60s and 50s across North Dakota. The sun beat the snow in a quick hurry.
Before the birds get to North Dakota they'll be in South Dakota. Pretty basic biology :) here's how SD tracks them.
Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civil organizations are urged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrowâ€™s Hunters program, a State Game and Fish Department grant program developed to assist recruitment of the next generation of hunters and shooters.
Outreach biologist Pat Lothspeich said the intent is to introduce youngsters to a positive shooting or hunting experience. â€śHopefully this will increase the chance that young people will continue to participate in these activities in the future,â€ť Lothspeich said.
North Dakotaâ€™s 2014 bighorn sheep, elk and moose proclamation is finalized and most season information is the same as last year.
The 2014 spring wild turkey lottery has been held and hopeful hunters can check individual results by accessing the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov.
More than 600 licenses remain in 11 units. The governorâ€™s proclamation allows a maximum of two licenses, and hunters who did not apply in the first drawing are also eligible.
North Dakota's spring snow goose season has been open since Feb 15, but to no surprise the fact it's open doesn't mean there's birds anywhere close..yet..this snow cover map is all you need to really know.
Until the snow is gone a few scattered sightings of scout flocks exploring north of the snow is all you can expect. Here's a link to the NOAA snow cover map.
Undergraduate students with a major in wildlife management and/or fisheries biology are eligible to apply for a scholarship through the Ronald D. Liudahl Endowment.
Students must be a resident of North Dakota, have completed at least 30 semester credits in a fisheries and wildlife management program, indicate career objectives in wildlife resource protection and management in a brief essay or statement, and have a grade point average and extracurricular/volunteer activities commensurate with good academic standing and citizenship. The deadline for applying is April 1.
Anglers are reminded that North Dakotaâ€™s darkhouse spearfishing season closes March 15.
Individuals who would still like to get out for the first time this year must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Registration is available through the departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish Department office.
March 15 is also the deadline for anglers to remove permanent fish houses from state waters.
State law requires permanent fish houses to be removed from North Dakota waters by midnight March 15.
Fish houses may be used after March 15 if they are removed daily.
In addition, it is illegal to leave fish houses on any federal refuge land or on any state-owned or managed land after March 15.
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.