Hunters are reminded that several North Dakota national wildlife refuges open to late-season upland game bird hunting the day after the deer gun season closes.
Arrowwood, Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, Lake Alice, Lake Zahl, Long Lake, Lostwood, Tewaukon (pheasants only), and Upper Souris NWRs open Nov. 24.
Organizers planning fishing tournaments, including ice fishing contests this winter, are reminded to submit an application along with fishing tournament regulations to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.
The 30-day advance notice allows for review by agency staff to ensure the proposed tournament will not have negative consequences or conflicts with other proposed tournaments for the same location and/or time.
Tournaments may not occur without first obtaining a valid permit from the department.
Fisheries crews have completed their annual salmon spawning operation on the Missouri River System after collecting roughly 1.3 million eggs.
Dave Fryda, North Dakota Game and Fish Department Missouri River System supervisor, said about two thirds of the eggs came from Lake Sakakawea and the remainder from the Missouri River below Garrison Dam.
The next round of Game and Fish Department Advisory Board meetings are set and NDGF deputy director Scott Peterson talks about the 2014 fall advisory boardmeetings on this weekâ€™s exclusive webcast. Click here to watch! This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online athttp://gf.nd.gov.
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in their area.
These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors and agency personnel.
The governor appoints eight Game and Fish Department advisors, each representing a multi-county section of the state, to serve as a liaison between the department and public.
Trappers using cable devices must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department prior to trapping this year.
Registration is available through the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish office. Upon completion, a registration number will be provided. The number must be written on the back of the furbearer or combination license.
Information collected during registration will be used to conduct voluntary education efforts, in addition to create a mailing list for post-season surveys.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel have wrapped up surveys and sampling efforts for the open water season, and results point toward good conditions on the stateâ€™s big waters.
â€śFishing in North Dakota continues to be record-setting on most all levels,â€ť said Greg Power, fisheries chief. â€śA record number of fishing lakes has contributed considerably to the record number of fishing licenses sold in recent years.â€ť
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This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF wildlife division chief Jeb Williams talks about the 2015 Deer Licensing Preferred Option, which would limit North Dakota deer hunters to only one license per year. Click here to Watch!
A new plan under consideration by the State Game and Fish Department would allow North Dakota deer hunters only one license per year, starting with the 2015 season.
The preferred license distribution plan is the result of a declining deer population and continuing high license demand. â€śThis year we had about 30,000 people who applied for a deer gun license and didnâ€™t get one in the lottery,â€ť said Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams. â€śThis new system will give more people an opportunity to hunt deer each year, compared to our current system.â€ť
The North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s fall mule deer survey indicated production in 2014 bodes well for the future.
Biologists counted 1,969 (1,761 in 2013) mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The buck-to-doe ratio of 0.50 (0.46 in 2013) was slightly above the long-term average of 0.43 bucks per doe, while the fawn-to-doe ratio of 0.95 (0.74 in 2013) was the highest since 1999, and above the long-term average of 0.90 fawns per doe.