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this is not an official ND Game & Fish blog. This is from Doug Leier not the NDGF

dissolved oxygen testing

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This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish fisheries division chief Greg Power talks about this year’s Dissolved Oxygen Testing.   Click here to Watch! 

non-resident any deer bow licenses

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 202 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2015.

The deadline for applying is March 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.

The nonresident any-deer bow application is available at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. The application must be printed and sent in to the department.

The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation. The Game and Fish Department issued 1,350 antlered mule deer licenses in the 2014 deer gun license lotteryb

game warden scholarship

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The North Dakota Game Wardens Association has a $300 scholarship available for a graduating high school senior entering college in fall 2015 who enrolls in fisheries or wildlife management with an emphasis on law enforcement.

Applicants must be North Dakota residents and have maintained a 3.25 grade point average. The scholarship will be awarded to the student upon proof of enrollment in college.

Applications are available by contacting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at 328-6604; or email ndgf@nd.gov. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 9, 2015.

spring light goose migration updates

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North Dakota spring light goose
hunters can track general locations of geese as birds make their way through the state.

Hunters are able to call 701-328-3697 to hear recorded information 24 hours a day. Migration reports are also posted on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Updates will be provided periodically during the week as migration events occur, until the season ends or geese have left the state.

North Dakota’s spring light goose season opened Feb. 21 and continues through May 17.

Residents can hunt during the spring season through March 31 with either a 2014-15 or 2015-16 license. However, the 2014-15 hunting license expires March 31. Residents will need a 2015-16 license beginning April 1.

Nonresidents need a 2015 spring light goose season license. The cost is $50 and the license is good statewide. Nonresident youth under age 16 can purchase a license at the resident fee if they reside in a state that has a reciprocity licensing agreement with North Dakota.

Other season information, including regulations, is available by accessing the Game and Fish website.

winter creel surveys

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This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF fisheries supervisor Paul Bailey talks about the ongoing winter creel surveys.  Click here to Watch! 

2014 moose elk and bighorn sheep harvest stats

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Harvest statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success during the 2014 season for bighorn sheep was 100 percent, 88 percent for moose and 67 percent for elk.

The department issued four bighorn sheep licenses and auctioned one. All five hunters harvested a bighorn ram.

The department issued 110 moose licenses last year. Of that total, 106 hunters harvested 93 animals – 82 bulls and 11 cows/calves. One additional license was raffled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the hunter was successful in harvesting a moose. Harvest for each unit follows:

Unit Hunters Bulls Cow/Calf Success Rate
M5 5 3 0 60
M6 14 1 7 57
M8 14 12 1 93
M9 24 21 3 100
M10 49 45 0 92

 

The department issued 274 elk licenses last year. Of that total, 249 hunters harvested 166 elk – 97 bulls and 69 cows/calves. One additional license was raffled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the hunter was successful in harvesting an elk.  Harvest for each unit follows:

Unit Hunters Bulls Cow/Calf Success Rate
E1 61 12 17 48
E2 117 37 49 74
E3 48 32 3 73
E4 23 16 0 70

 

2014 pronghorn hunting success

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Hunter success during last fall’s limited pronghorn hunting season was 89 percent, according to statistics provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

The first open season since 2009 was held only in unit 4-A, the far southwestern corner of the state. Game and Fish issued 249 licenses, and 235 hunters took 210 pronghorn, consisting of 199 bucks, five does and six fawns.

Hunters who received a lottery or gratis pronghorn license could participate in an early bow-only portion of the season, and in a later part of the season when legal firearms were allowed. Ten percent of the harvest occurred during the early bow-only part of the season, and 90 percent occurred during the 16.5 days when hunters could use firearms.

2015 boat registration

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Boat owners purchasing watercraft from private individuals this winter are reminded to register it in their name with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Registering a used watercraft purchased from an individual must include proof of transfer of ownership, such as a photocopy of the previous owner’s registration card, a canceled check or a signed note from the previous owner stating transfer of ownership.

The prorated price to register motorboats under 16 feet in length, and all canoes, is $12, motorboats from 16 feet to less than 20 feet in length, $24, and motorboats at least 20 feet in length, $30.

The current three-year boat registration cycle runs through Dec. 31, 2016.

In addition, boat owners who need to renew their registration can renew online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, by clicking the online services link, and “watercraft registration and renewals” under the watercraft heading.

Also, anyone buying a new or used watercraft can register online and generate a 10-day temporary permit that is valid until the registration is processed

Regulations require the boat number to be in contrasting color to the hull in plain vertical block letters at least 3 inches in height, excluding any border, trim, outlining or shading, and must be maintained in a legible condition so the number is clearly visible in daylight hours. The number must read from left to right, and groups of numbers and letters must be separated by a space or hyphen equivalent in width to the letter “M.”

In addition, a validation sticker issued by the Game and Fish Department must be displayed on the boat within 6 inches of the number toward the rear of the boat. No other numbers should be displayed in this area.

 

have you seen?

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This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov.NDGF migratory game bird biologist Mike Szymanski talks about the 2015 Spring Light Goose Season.   Click here to Watch!   Get your your license here

turkey application deadline

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 5,815 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, 65 fewer than last year.

Two of the 22 hunting units have slightly more spring licenses than in 2014, two have fewer and 17 remain the same. Unit 21 (most of Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed in 2015 due to lack of turkeys in the unit.

Successful spring turkey applicants must purchase a 2015-16 hunting license, as last year’s 2014-15 licenses expire March 31. In addition to the spring turkey license, hunters must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate, and a general game and habitat license. Also, hunters ages 16 and older must possess a small game license, or combination license.

First-time spring turkey hunters ages 15 or younger are eligible to receive one spring license valid for the regular hunting season in a specific unit. To be eligible, the youth hunter must be 15 or younger on opening day of spring turkey season, and have never received a spring turkey license in North Dakota.

Spring turkey applicants can apply online at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can also be submitted by calling 800-406-6409.

Application forms will also be available by Feb. 1 at most license vendors, county auditors and Game and Fish offices. The deadline for applying is Feb. 11. Online or phone applications must be logged before midnight that day.

Spring turkey licenses are available only to North Dakota residents. The spring turkey season opens April 11 and continues through May 17.