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

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The 2014 deer gun season opens Friday, November 7 at 12 noon central time. This week NDGF chief game warden Bob Timian answers some deer seasonquestions.   Click here to Watch!  This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov.

where is your deer tag?

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urges deer hunters to find their license and check it for accuracy.

Every year the Game and Fish Department’s licensing section receives last-minute inquiries from hunters who can’t find their license. When that happens, it’s difficult to try to get a replacement license in time for the season opener.

Another reason to check the license now is to make sure the unit and species is what was intended.

Deer hunters in need of a replacement license can print out a duplicate (replacement) license application from the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, or can call 701-328-6300to have an application mailed or faxed.

The form must be completely filled out and notarized, and sent back in to the department with a fee.

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deer tags sold out

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The 48,000 deer gun licenses that were allocated by proclamation for the 2014 hunting season have all been issued, according to Randy Meissner, licensing manager for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

 

Meissner said according to state law, the number of deer gun licenses issued, including those licenses issued as gratis, cannot exceed the number of licenses authorized by the governor’s proclamation.

 

“This is the first time in more than a decade that all licenses were issued before opening day,” Meissner said.

 

The deer gun season opens Friday, Nov. 7 at noon central time.

 

Archery licenses can still be purchased through the end of the bow season on Jan. 4.

the next game warden

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled an examination to select candidates for the position of district game warden. The test is at 10 a.m., Dec. 29, at the department’s main office in Bismarck.

Applicants must register to take the exam by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a bachelor’s degree. Other requirements are a current North Dakota peace officer license, or eligibility for a license, and a valid driver’s license. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills in communications and writing, and must not have a record of any felony convictions.

Game wardens enforce game and fish laws and related regulations in an assigned district and other locations as determined by the department. Wardens normally work alone under varied conditions, at all hours of the day, night and weekends. In addition to law enforcement duties, wardens assist in the areas of public relations, education programs, and hunter and boat safety education.

Selection procedures following the test may include an evaluation of the application, a structured oral interview, background and reference checks, and psychological and medical examinations.

The salary for beginning game wardens through training is $3,500 per month. Upon successful completion of training, the salary is $4,016 – $6,693 per month. Wardens also receive the state benefits package, including travel allowance. Uniforms and other equipment are provided.

Sportsmen Against Hunger

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding deer hunters to keep in mind the Sportsmen Against Hunger program this fall.

While this year’s deer proclamation allows only one deer gun license per hunter, families with more than one license might want to consider donating a deer to this worthy cause. In addition, hunters with an archery and muzzleloader license can help as well.

The list of participating processors is available on the Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov, and at the North Dakota Community Action Partnership website, www.capnd.org.

Sportsmen Against Hunger is a charitable program that raises money for processing of donated goose and deer meat, and coordinates distribution of donated meat to food pantries in North Dakota. It is administered by NDCAP, a nonprofit agency that serves low-income families across the state.

For more information, visit the NDCAP website, or contact program coordinator Sarah Hasbargen at 701-232-2452.

CWD surveillance

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CWD Surveillance Continues

The state Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2014 hunting season, by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis from 10 units in North Dakota. In addition, all moose and elk harvested in the state are eligible for testing.

Samples from hunter-harvested deer taken in the central portion of the state will be tested from units 2H, 2I, 2J1, 2J2, 2K1, 2K2, 3A4, 3B3 and 3C. In addition, deer will be tested from unit 3F2 in the southwest.

Every head sampled must have either the deer tag attached, or a new tag can be filled out with the license number, deer hunting unit and date harvested.

Hunters are encouraged to drop off deer heads at the following locations:

  • ·         Ashley – Ashley Super Valu Store
  • ·         Bismarck – Game and Fish Department headquarters, Call of the Wild Taxidermy, M&M Sausage and Meats, West Dakota Meats
  • ·         Bottineau – Mattern Family Meats
  • ·         Carrington – Barton Meats
  • ·         Devils Lake – Devils Lake Game and Fish district office, Goldade Processing
  • ·         Ellendale – Oxenrider Motel
  • ·         Granville – S&E Meats
  • ·         Harvey – Lonetree Game and Fish district office
  • ·         Heaton – Miller Game Processing
  • ·         Jamestown – Jamestown Game and Fish district office
  • ·         LaMoure – LaMoure Lockers
  • ·         Linton – Bosch’s Meat Market, Schmaltz Meats
  • ·         Mandan – Butcher Block Meats
  • ·         McClusky – Bentz Supply Store
  • ·         Minot – Johnson Taxidermy
  • ·         Moffit – Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge office
  • ·         Parshall – Myers Custom Meats
  • ·         Riverdale – Riverdale Game and Fish district office
  • ·         Rolette – Meat Shack
  • ·         Rugby – Cenex C Store
  • ·         Sheyenne – Brenno Meats, Wild Things Taxidermy
  • ·         Streeter – Reister Meats
  • ·         Towner – B&L Electric
  • ·         Turtle Lake – Main Street Market
  • ·         Upham – J. Clark Salyer NWR office
  • ·         Washburn – Enerbase
  • ·         Wilton – Cenex
  • ·         Wing – Terry’s Sales and Service
  • ·         Woodworth – Chase Lake NWR office.

Drop off locations for deer taken from unit 3F2:

  • ·         Elgin – Gunny’s Bait and Tackle, Melvin’s Taxidermy
  • ·         Glen Ullin – Kuntz’s Butcher Shop
  • ·         Hettinger – Dakota Packing
  • ·         New Leipzig – Hertz Hardware

Moose and elk heads should be taken to a Game and Fish office.

CWD affects the nervous system of members of the deer family and is always fatal. Scientists have found no evidence that CWD can be transmitted naturally to humans or livestock.

 

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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 wildlife veterinarian Dan Grove talks about big gamediseases and chronic wasting disease surveillance. Click here to Watch! More details on CWD here: http://www.gf.nd.gov/wildlife/fish-wildlife/wildlife-diseases/chronic-wasting-disease

Twins Lakes boat ramp

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The Twin Lakes boat ramp located 4 miles north of LaMoure is now open for public use after it was closed for several weeks due to reconstruction.

remaining turkey tags

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Fall turkey licenses remain in Unit 25 for hunters who do not have a license, or for those who want additional licenses. Hunters are allowed a maximum of 15 licenses for the fall season.

Unit 25 covers McHenry County and portions of Pierce and Ward counties.

Resident and nonresident hunters can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.

The fall turkey season is open through Jan. 4, 2015.

 

posting & trespass law

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Posting and Trespass

  • Only the owner or tenant, or an individual authorized by the owner, may post land by placing signs giving notice that no hunting is permitted on the land. The name of the person posting the land must appear on each sign in legible characters. The signs must be readable from the outside of the land and must be placed conspicuously not more than 880 yards (one-half mile) apart. As to land entirely enclosed by a fence or other enclosure, posting of signs at or on all gates through the fence or enclosure constitutes a posting of all the enclosed land.
  • Hunting on posted lands without permission from the owner or tenant is illegal and punishable by suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for a period of at least one year.
  • Hunting on posted lands without permission can be prosecuted even if the land is not posted to the letter of the law.
  • Any person may enter upon legally posted land (without a firearm or bow) to recover game shot or killed on land where he/she had a lawful right to hunt.
  • It is illegal to hunt in unharvested cereal and oilseed crops, including sprouted winter wheat, alfalfa, clover and other grasses grown for seed, without the owner’s consent.
  • It is illegal to deface, take down or destroy posting signs.
  • Failure to close gates upon exit or entry is a criminal violation punishable by forfeiture of hunting licenses.
  • It is illegal to hunt upon the premises of another within 440 yards (onequarter mile) of any occupied building without the consent of the person occupying the building. This does not prohibit hunting on land owned by neighbors (private or public) even if the land is less than 440 yards (onequarter mile) from the occupied building.