The next guide and outfitter written examination is Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department office in Bismarck. The test is given periodically to anyone interested in becoming a hunting guide or outfitter in the state.
In addition to passing a written exam, qualifications for becoming a guide include a background check for criminal and game and fish violations; certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and standard first aid; and employment by or contract with a licensed hunting outfitter.
The July issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is available FREE online right now. Itâ€™s highlighted by an in depth story on Lake Sakakawea Bounces Back by fisheries biologist Dave Fryda. Five years ago North Dakota Outdoors featured an article that outlined the reasons for great optimism for the future of Lake Sakakawea. The optimism of 2010 is a reality in 2015. Itâ€™s important to look back to discuss how critical water levels and water management are to the fishery.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish upland game management supervisor Stan Kohn talks about Pheasant Crowing Counts. Click here to Watch! More information on pheasants in North Dakota at this click: http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/smallupland/pheasants
Individuals interested in taking the district game warden or warden pilot exams scheduled for July 17 are reminded to register no later than July 13, by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website.
The tests are scheduled for 10 a.m. at the department's main office in Bismarck.
Statistics from the 2015 spring sharp-tailed grouse census indicate a 22 percent increase in the number of male grouse counted compared to last year.
Statewide, 4,346 sharptails were observed on spring dancing grounds this year compared to 3,551 in 2014. Male grouse recorded per square mile increased from 3.4 to 4.2. More than 1,000 square miles were covered.
North Dakotaâ€™s spring pheasant population index is up 10 percent from last year, according to the State Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s 2015 spring crowing count survey.
Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor, said the number of roosters heard crowing this spring was up statewide, with increases ranging from about 2 to 12 percent in the primary regions holding pheasants.
â€śA much improved production year for pheasants in spring 2014, coupled with the mild winter, produced a healthy breeding population this spring,â€ť Kohn said.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish fisheries production and development section leader Jerry Weigel talks about fish stocking. Click here to Watch! and then visit the fishing portal of the Game and Fish Department website right here or here http://gf.nd.gov/fishing/other-fishing-information for detailed information on stocking in North Dakota.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently paid more than $533,500 in taxes to counties in which the department owns or leases land. The 2014 in-lieu-of-tax payments are the same as property taxes paid by private landowners.
The Game and Fish Department manages more than 200,000 acres for wildlife habitat and public hunting in 51 counties. The department does not own or manage any land in Traill or Renville counties.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds citizens that possession or use of fireworks on state wildlife management areas is prohibited.
The primary objective of a wildlife management area is to enhance wildlife production, provide hunting and fishing opportunities, and offer other outdoor recreational and educational uses. Only activities that would not disrupt the intentions of how these areas are managed are encouraged, and a fireworks display is not compatible.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish waterfowl biologist Mike Szymanski discusses the 2015 breeding duck survey. Click here to watch! For more detailed information on waterfowl in North Dakota including hunting seasons, rules and regulations click here or here: