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zebra mussels

September 30, 2014

Aquatic nuisance species surveillance efforts along the Red River in eastern North Dakota have again detected the presence of zebra mussel young at Wahpeton.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department ANS coordinator Fred Ryckman said zebra mussel larvae were also present in the same area in both 2010 and 2011, but were not found in the past two years.
“Since we have found zebra mussel young in this area before, and because there are established adult populations upstream in the Otter Tail River in Minnesota, finding a few young this year really didn’t come as a surprise,” Ryckman said.

Jeb Williams new Wildlife Division Chief

September 29, 2014

North Dakota Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand has appointed 15-year department employee Jeb Williams as chief of wildlife. Williams succeeds Randy Kreil, who announced his retirement in August.
“Jeb has a proven track record in all of his capacities with the department,” Steinwand said. “This, along with his communication skills, was a large part in his selection.”
Williams has been the assistant wildlife chief since 2011. He has also held biologist and wildlife resource management supervisor positions.

2014 youth pheasant hunt

September 29, 2014

North Dakota’s two-day youth pheasant season is Oct. 4-5. Legally licensed residents and nonresidents ages 15 and younger may hunt roosters statewide.

Resident youth hunters, regardless of age, must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and general game and habitat license. Nonresident youth hunters from states that provide a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents qualify for North Dakota resident licenses. Otherwise, nonresident youth hunters must purchase a nonresident small game license.

2014 waterfowl season opener

September 27, 2014

North Dakota’s 2014 waterfowl season has been set, with noteworthy changes including a daily bag of one canvasback during the season, and an additional two blue-winged teal during the first 16 days of the season.

Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 27 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Oct. 4. The season for swans opens Oct. 4 for both residents and nonresidents.

have you seen?

September 26, 2014

Have you seen?
As hunting seasons continue to open and more and more activity is taking place in the field, safe hunting must always remain a priority.This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF hunter education coordinator John Mazur gives some hunting safety tips. Click here to Watch! or http://gf.nd.gov/publications/television/outdoors-online-webcast

MacLean Bottoms shooting range open

September 23, 2014

The MacLean Bottoms public shooting range located 15 miles south of Bismarck is open following a major upgrade effort.
The renovated shooting range includes seven benches at the 200-yard rifle range, 15 benches at 100 yards, nine benches at 25 yards and a shotgun range. Each range includes handicap accessible parking and benches.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife resource management supervisor Bill Haase said while minor delays due to wet conditions prolonged completion of the project, the major improvements were worth the wait.

2014 youth pheasant season

September 23, 2014

North Dakota’s two-day youth pheasant season is Oct. 4-5. Legally licensed residents and nonresidents ages 15 and younger may hunt roosters statewide.
Resident youth hunters, regardless of age, must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and general game and habitat license. Nonresident youth hunters from states that provide a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents qualify for North Dakota resident licenses. Otherwise, nonresident youth hunters must purchase a nonresident small game license.

waterfowl hunting and ANS regulations

September 22, 2014

Waterfowl hunters are reminded to do their part in preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species into or within North Dakota.
Waterfowl hunters must remove plants and plant fragments from decoys, strings and anchors; remove plants seeds and plant fragments from waders and other equipment before leaving hunting areas; remove all water from decoys, boats, motors, trailers and other watercraft; and remove all aquatic plants from boats and trailers before leaving a marsh or lake. In addition, hunters are encouraged to brush their hunting dogs free of mud and seeds.

last day of 2014 youth waterfowl weekend

September 21, 2014

North Dakota’s two-day youth waterfowl season is Sept. 20-21. Legally licensed resident and nonresident youth waterfowl hunters age 15 and younger may hunt ducks, geese, coots and mergansers statewide.

The daily bag limit and species restrictions for the youth season are the same as for regular duck and goose seasons. Exception: the additional two blue-winged teal allowed during the first 16 days of the regular season are not allowed during the youth season.

have you seen?

September 19, 2014

North Dakota’s resident waterfowl season opens September 27. Game and Fish biologist Mike Szymanski talks about the upcoming Waterfowl Season. Click here to Watch!
More info on waterfowl hunting
http://gf.nd.gov/publications/television/outdoors-online-webcast

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