Harvest statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success during the 2014 season for bighorn sheep was 100 percent, 88 percent for moose and 67 percent for elk.
The department issued four bighorn sheep licenses and auctioned one. All five hunters harvested a bighorn ram.
The department issued 110 moose licenses last year. Of that total, 106 hunters harvested 93 animals â€“ 82 bulls and 11 cows/calves. One additional license was raffled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the hunter was successful in harvesting a moose.
Hunter success during last fallâ€™s limited pronghorn hunting season was 89 percent, according to statistics provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
The first open season since 2009 was held only in unit 4-A, the far southwestern corner of the state. Game and Fish issued 249 licenses, and 235 hunters took 210 pronghorn, consisting of 199 bucks, five does and six fawns.
Boat owners purchasing watercraft from private individuals this winter are reminded to register it in their name with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Registering a used watercraft purchased from an individual must include proof of transfer of ownership, such as a photocopy of the previous ownerâ€™s registration card, a canceled check or a signed note from the previous owner stating transfer of ownership.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov.NDGF migratory game bird biologist Mike Szymanski talks about the 2015 Spring Light Goose Season. Click here to Watch! Get your your license here
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 5,815 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, 65 fewer than last year.
Two of the 22 hunting units have slightly more spring licenses than in 2014, two have fewer and 17 remain the same. Unit 21 (most of Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed in 2015 due to lack of turkeys in the unit.
North Dakotaâ€™s spring light goose season opens Feb. 21 and continues through May 17.
Residents can hunt during the spring season by having last fallâ€™s 2014-15 bird licenses. Otherwise, hunters will need to purchase either a 2015-16 combination license; or a small game, and general game and habitat license.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF chief game warden Robert Timian talks about 2014 Game and Fish violations. Click here to Watch! For a full story of North Dakota's 2014 year in review read more right here.
Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2015 are reminded to register early as most classes are held the first few months of the calendar year.
To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov. Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.
All individuals who participate in darkhouse spearfishing are reminded to register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department prior to participating.
Fisheries chief Greg Power said perfect conditions have led to record participation this winter. â€śOur pike population is at levels never seen before, and mild weather conditions coupled with very little snow have led to unlimited lake access,â€ť Power said.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF wildlife division assistant chief Casey Anderson talks about the 2015 spring turkey season. Click here to Watch! Learn more about turkey hunting in North Dakota here or here http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/smallupland/turkey