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2014 North Dakota fishing regulations-by Doug Leier

March 18, 2014

North Dakota’s 2014-16 fishing proclamation is set, with regulations effective April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2016. Anglers are reminded that new fishing licenses are required April 1.

Noteworthy regulation changes include:

Expanded the length of the bowfishing season to include April, October and November.

Expanded the open water spearfishing season to include October and November.

2014 North Dakota deer hunting success-by Doug Leier

March 17, 2014

2013 Deer Gun Season Summarized
North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 28,600 deer during the 2013 deer gun hunting season.

The State Game and Fish Department made available 59,500 deer gun licenses in 2013, and more than 98 percent were issued. Overall hunter success was 55 percent, and each hunter spent an average of 4.6 days in the field.
Hunter success for antlered white-tailed deer was 62 percent, and antlerless whitetail was 55 percent.

Mule deer buck success was 82 percent. No mule deer doe licenses were issued in 2013.

Friday snow goose update-Doug Leier

March 14, 2014

As predicted alot changed in the past week. I noted the thin snowcover without much to effort it wouldn't last long once spring arrived. While snow extended to the South Dakota & Nebraska border it wouldn't take much to dissolve it. That's exactly what happened. South Dakota hit 70s and many 60s and 50s across North Dakota. The sun beat the snow in a quick hurry.

snow goose migration

March 13, 2014

Before the birds get to North Dakota they'll be in South Dakota. Pretty basic biology :) here's how SD tracks them.

http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/waterfowl/migration/

youth outdoor grants-Doug leier

March 11, 2014

Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civil organizations are urged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters program, a State Game and Fish Department grant program developed to assist recruitment of the next generation of hunters and shooters.

Outreach biologist Pat Lothspeich said the intent is to introduce youngsters to a positive shooting or hunting experience. “Hopefully this will increase the chance that young people will continue to participate in these activities in the future,” Lothspeich said.

moose-elk-bighorn sheep applications are out

March 11, 2014

North Dakota’s 2014 bighorn sheep, elk and moose proclamation is finalized and most season information is the same as last year.

spring turkey drawing

March 10, 2014

The 2014 spring wild turkey lottery has been held and hopeful hunters can check individual results by accessing the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov.
More than 600 licenses remain in 11 units. The governor’s proclamation allows a maximum of two licenses, and hunters who did not apply in the first drawing are also eligible.

snow geese & snow cover

March 7, 2014

North Dakota's spring snow goose season has been open since Feb 15, but to no surprise the fact it's open doesn't mean there's birds anywhere close..yet..this snow cover map is all you need to really know.

Until the snow is gone a few scattered sightings of scout flocks exploring north of the snow is all you can expect. Here's a link to the NOAA snow cover map.

Scholarship for Fish & Wildlife college student

March 5, 2014

Undergraduate students with a major in wildlife management and/or fisheries biology are eligible to apply for a scholarship through the Ronald D. Liudahl Endowment.

Students must be a resident of North Dakota, have completed at least 30 semester credits in a fisheries and wildlife management program, indicate career objectives in wildlife resource protection and management in a brief essay or statement, and have a grade point average and extracurricular/volunteer activities commensurate with good academic standing and citizenship. The deadline for applying is April 1.

spearfishing winding down

March 4, 2014

Anglers are reminded that North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season closes March 15.

Individuals who would still like to get out for the first time this year must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Registration is available through the department’s website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish Department office.

March 15 is also the deadline for anglers to remove permanent fish houses from state waters.

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