The single most important reminder the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will issue to recreationists this summer is to be alert and safe near water.
Boat and water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt said safety on the water begins with wearing a personal flotation device.
â€śFailure to wear a personal floatation device is the main reason people lose their lives in water recreation accidents,â€ť Boldt said.
North Dakota anglers are reminded they can fish for free June 7-8.
That is the weekend North Dakota residents may fish without a license. All other fishing regulations apply.
Refer to the 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide for season information.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists said despite colder-than-average winter temperatures, not many lakes experienced a fish kill.
Fisheries management section leader Scott Gangl said biologists investigated winterkills at 11 lakes so far this spring, with only a few considered significant enough to affect the quality of fishing this spring.
Lakes that appear to have suffered a significant kill include Leland Dam (McKenzie County), Island Lake (Rolette County) and the State Fair Pond (Ward County).
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds anglers and others taking carp and other nongame fish that a license is required, and hook-and-line, archery equipment and spears are the only legal methods of take. Snagging nongame fish is illegal.
In addition, enforcement chief Robert Timian said anglers must properly dispose of the fish. â€śLeaving dead fish on the shoreline or in the water is considered a littering violation,â€ť Timian said.
North Dakota deer hunters are reminded the deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 gun season is June 4. Hunters are encouraged to apply online at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.
The deadline applies to muzzleloader, regular gun, gratis and nonresident landowner, and youth antlered mule deer applications (specifically for antlered mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, and 4A-4F).
The State Game and Fish Department is lifting the Tuesday-Wednesday camping restriction on many wildlife management areas in the western and central part of the state for the week of Memorial Day, May 26-30.
This same waiver will allow camping on those WMAs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during all state-recognized holiday weeks throughout the year, including 4th of July week (June 30-July 4), and Labor Day (Sept. 1-5).
All other public use regulations for state wildlife management areas still apply.
Boaters are reminded to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives a number of complaints every year about overly aggressive behavior at boat ramps. A few simple reminders will help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat.
Don't pull onto ramp until your boat is ready to launch.
Prepare for launching in the parking area. Remove covers, load equipment, remove tie downs, attach lines and put in drain plug, before backing onto the ramp.
Outdoor water recreationists are once again reminded to help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota.
State Game and Fish Department ANS Coordinator Fred Ryckman said there are more than 400 recreational fishing waters across the state, making it imperative for watercraft owners to obey regulations.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department announced today that the state's 2014 regular paddlefish snagging season will close at 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Sunday, May 18, to protect the population level of the fish. However, snaggers are reminded that Sunday is a snag-and-release only day.
North Dakotaâ€™s moose, elk and bighorn sheep lottery results are available online at the State Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov.
Applicants can find individual results by clicking â€śfind lottery results/preference pointsâ€ť under the online services link.
Successful applicants will receive a letter the week of May 19, stating the license will be mailed after the successful applicant submits the correct license fee.