Alan Howard, North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game warden stationed in Minot, is the stateâ€™s 2014 Wildlife Officer of the Year. Howard was honored recently by the Shikar-Safari Club International, a private conservation organization that annually recognizes outstanding wildlife officers in each state.
In a nomination letter sent to Shikar-Safari, chief warden Robert Timian said Howardâ€™s district has seen a population growth, which has led to increased pressure on wildlife.
Brian Hosek, IT section supervisor and GIS coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, received the agencyâ€™s Directorâ€™s Award for professional excellence during the Departmentâ€™s annual meeting Dec. 11 in Bismarck.
Terry Steinwand, Game and Fish director, said Hosek produces high quality work on a consistent basis. â€śBrianâ€™s expertise and creative thinking has led to many practical, efficient and effective advances with the department,â€ť Steinwand said.
The State Game and Fish Department has decided to not implement its proposal to limit deer hunters to only one license for the 2015 season.
While it is still months before the 2015 season is set, that means deer hunters will again be able to apply for deer gun and muzzleloader lottery licenses, and also purchase an archery license.
Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand said the decision involved several factors, including substantial public input both for and against the proposal, and significant costs needed to put the new system in place.
Tentative 2015 Season Opening Dates
To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2015, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.
Dates become official when approved by governorâ€™s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2015 include:
Deer and Pronghorn Bow, Mountain Lion
Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel
Early Resident Waterfowl
Individuals interested in taking the game warden exam scheduled for Dec. 29 are reminded to register by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website.
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.
Students interested in taking a hunter education class in 2015 should visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov for a statewide list of courses. Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.
The Coyote Catalog, a statewide effort connecting coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who want fewer coyotes in their areas, has been reopened by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
â€śI encourage landowners, especially farmers and ranchers who have problems with coyote depredation, to sign up for the Coyote Catalog,â€ť said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. â€śHunting and trapping are valuable tools in managing these predators.â€ť
have you seen?
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 Gifting Wildlife. Click here to Watch!
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds winter anglers to clean up the ice after fishing. This not only applies to trash, but fish as well.
It is not only unsightly, but it is illegal to leave fish behind on the ice. According to the fishing proclamation, when a fish is caught anglers must either immediately release the fish back into the water unharmed, or reduce them to their daily possession.
It is common practice for some anglers to fillet fish on the ice, but if they donâ€™t clean up after themselves, itâ€™s a problem.
Winter anglers are reminded that any fish house left unoccupied on North Dakota waters must be made out of materials that will allow it to float.
A popular question this time of year is if campers qualify as legal fish houses. The answer is the same for any structure taken on the ice â€“ if itâ€™s left unattended, it must be able to float; if itâ€™s not able to float, it must be removed when the angler leaves the ice.
Other fish house regulations include:
Fish houses do not require a license.