Mountain lion hunting during the late season in zone 1 is closed immediately. The zoneâ€™s late-season quota of seven was filled after three cats were taken yesterday.
Zone 1 includes land south of ND Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where ND Highway 1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from ND Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea then south along ND Highway 8 to ND Highway 200, then west on ND Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S. Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.
The 6th mountain lion has been taken in the Zone 1 late season. The late season quota for zone 1 is 7 lions. The Zone 1 late season remains open until the 7th mountain lion is taken, or March 31, whichever comes first. In Zone 2, the season is also open through March 31, and there is no harvest quota. More details available here: or http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/ furbearers/mountain-lions
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF director Terry Steinwand talks about the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session. Click here to Watch!
North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand recently honored a number of employees with performance-based awards. Steinwand presented the following awards at the departmentâ€™s annual staff meeting Dec. 11.
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.