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summer water safety

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Failure to wear a personal floatation device is the main reason people lose their lives in water recreation accidents.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department boat and water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt said safety begins with wearing a personal flotation device, and knowing what’s below the surface of the water.

“Water recreationists need to be alert and safe,” Boldt said. “Swimmers need to know the water’s depth, as serious injuries can occur from diving into water. Large objects hidden below the water’s surface can lead to significant injury.”Safety on the water-wearing life jacket

North Dakota law requires all children ages 10 and younger to wear a personal flotation device while in boats of less than 27 feet in length. The law also requires all personal watercraft users to wear a life jacket, as well as anyone towed on skis, tubes, boards or other similar devices.

Water users should make sure to wear life jackets that are the appropriate size, and in good condition. It is also important that children wear a PFD while swimming.

Water skiers and tubers should wear a life jacket with four nylon straps rather than one with a zipper, because straps are stronger than zippers upon impact with water. Anglers or persons paddling a canoe should opt for a PFD that is comfortable enough to wear for an entire outing.

Water skiers and tubers are reminded it takes three to ski and tube. When a person is towed on water skis or a similar device, an observer other than the operator is required on the vessel.

North Dakota boaters also are reminded that marine VHF radios are an important part of boat safety that should not be improperly used by operators. These radios are intended for boat operators who are in distress and facing an emergency situation.

Regulations to help ensure safe boating this summer are found in the 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide. A more comprehensive listing is available in theNorth Dakota Boat and Water Safety Guide or the Boat North Dakota education book. These guides are available online at the Game and Fish website,gf.nd.gov, by email at ndgf@nd.gov, or at a local Game and Fish Department office.

free fishing weekend!

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North Dakota anglers are reminded they can fish for free June 6-7.

That is the weekend North Dakota residents may fish without a license. All other fishing regulations apply.

Refer to the 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide for season information.

2015 North Dakota deer season details

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The 2015 North Dakota deer season is set and Jeb Williams the ND Game and Fish Departments wildlife division chief shares some insight and his breakdown with this weeks video.

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. North Dakota Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams talks about the 2015 deer lottery. Click here to Watch! and find full details about the 2015 deer season by clicking here or here http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/big-game/deer2

boat ramp courtesy

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Boaters are reminded to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives a number of complaints every year about overly aggressive behavior at boat ramps. A few simple reminders will help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat.

Launching

  • Don’t pull onto ramp until your boat is ready to launch.
  • Prepare for launching in the parking area. Remove covers, load equipment, remove tie downs, attach lines and put in drain plug, before backing onto the ramp.
  • When ready, pull into line to launch. Wait your turn. Be courteous.
  • It takes at least two people to efficiently and courteously launch a boat: one to handle the boat and one to take care of the tow vehicle.

Loading

  • Don’t block the loading area with your boat until your tow vehicle is ready to load. Wait until you are clear of the launch area to unload gear.
  • As soon as your trailer is in the water, load and secure your boat to the trailer.
  • Remove boat and trailer from the water as quickly as possible.
  • Get clear of the ramp. Pull into the parking area to finish securing your boat and unload gear.

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leave baby wildlife alone

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department emphasizes a simple message to well-intentioned humans who want to pick up and rescue what appear to be orphaned baby animals – don’t touch them. Whether it is a young fawn, duckling, cottontail rabbit or a songbird, it is better to just leave them alone.

More often than not young animals are not abandoned or deserted, and the mother is probably watching nearby. Young wildlife are purposely placed into seclusion by their mothers to protect them from predators.

Anytime a young wild animal has human contact its chance for survival decreases significantly. It’s illegal to take wild animals home, and captive animals later returned to the wild will struggle to survive because they do not possess learned survival skills.

The only time a baby animal should be picked up is if a young songbird is found on a doorstep. If that is the case, the young bird should be moved nearby to suitable habitat.

Citizens should also steer clear of adult wildlife, such as deer or moose that might wander into urban areas. Crowding stresses animals, and this could lead to a potentially dangerous situation.

In addition, motorists are reminded to watch for deer along roadways. June is one of the peak months for deer‑vehicle accidents because young animals are dispersing from their home ranges. With deer more active during these months, the potential for car‑deer collisions increases.

exotic species update

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Outdoor water recreationists are once again reminded to help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota.

State Game and Fish Department ANS coordinator Fred Ryckman applauds the efforts of those who keep North Dakota waters free of unwanted species.

“I commend the commitment shown by the vast majority of our boaters and anglers who understand how important it is to keep our lakes and rivers free of ANS, by doing their part to ensure our waters do not become infested,” Ryckman said. “But at the same time, there are others who do not follow the regulations. It is critically important for everyone to comply, so that the vast majority of our state’s waters remain ANS free.”

Current law states:

· water must be drained from watercraft prior to leaving a water body, including livewells;

· bait buckets and/or any container of 5 gallons or less in volume can be used to transport legal live baitfish or other bait in water;

· all other fish species may not be held in water and/or transported in bait buckets/containers when away from a water body;

· transportation of fish in or on ice is allowed;

· no aquatic vegetation, or parts thereof, shall be in or on watercraft, motors, trailers and recreational equipment when out of water;

· time out of the water needed to remove aquatic vegetation at the immediate water access area is allowed;

· all built-in structures in boats, including livewells and bait compartments, and containers (bait buckets) used to transport legal live bait, must also be free of aquatic vegetation;

· all legal live aquatic organisms used by anglers, including legal baitfish (fathead minnows), amphibians (salamanders and frogs), invertebrates (crayfish and leeches) and insects must be purchased and/or trapped in North Dakota.

paddlefish test clean

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Muscle tissue and eggs from 30 paddlefish snagged this spring have come back clear of any lingering effects from an oil spill in the Yellowstone River in Montana last January.

State Game and Fish Department fisheries chief Greg Power said Game and Fish and North Star Caviar, a nonprofit group that processes paddlefish eggs into caviar for sale, sent the samples to a lab for analysis to find out whether there was any contamination from 30,000 gallons of crude oil that entered the Yellowstone River near Glendive following a pipeline break in mid-January.

“Since fish below the spill could have been exposed, and the Yellowstone River extends into North Dakota where our paddlefish season is open, it was imperative we sampled the edible muscle tissue and eggs to make sure these fish were clear of contamination.” Power said.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks found similar results earlier this spring upon analysis of 213 fish representing species known to live in the Yellowstone River between the spill site and the North Dakota border. All of those fish were found clear of any oil-related contamination.

The North Dakota State Wildlife Action Plan

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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. North Dakota Game and Fish conservation supervisor Steve Dyke talks about the State Wildlife Action Plan. Click here to Watch! Read more and provide comments clicking here or here http://gf.nd.gov/news/state-wildlife-action-plan-open-comment

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