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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 biologist Patrick Isakson talks about Baby Wildlife.

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.

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record walleye stocking!

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North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel will stock a record number of walleye lakes in the coming weeks.

Fisheries production and development supervisor Jerry Weigel said 130 waters are scheduled to receive a share of 9 million fingerlings.

“We need every available pond at Garrison Dam and Valley City fish hatcheries to meet a 9 million walleye fingerling request,” Weigel said.

The growth of walleye lakes, according to Weigel, is directly correlated to the rapid increase in the number of public fishing waters in the state.

“We now manage about 420 waters and 346,000 acres, excluding the Missouri River System,” Weigel said. “In the last five years alone we have stocked more than 48 million walleye fingerlings in the state, in addition to salmon, trout, pike, bass and panfish.”

Department personnel spent an additional three weeks of spawning efforts to meet this year’s record production. In addition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s hatchery staff plays a vital role in the growth of the state’s fisheries.

“There is no doubt we have had a successful operation because of the great relationship we have with both hatcheries,” Weigel said.

It’s FREE fishing weekend!

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

 

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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.

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Summer visits to wildlife management areas increase as we start summer vacations and close in on the July 4th holiday. If you are visiting and using a WMA, there’s specific rules and regulations to be aware of. This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov and North Dakota Game and Fish wildlife division assistant chief Casey Anderson talks about wildlife management area rules and regulations. Click here to Watch! Then visit the Game and Fish web portal for full details click here or here: http://www.gf.nd.gov/gnf/maps/hunting/plots-maps/wmas.pdf

2015 deer application deadline–midnight June 3!

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North Dakota deer hunters are reminded the deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 gun season is June 3. Hunters are encouraged toapply online at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.

The deadline applies to muzzleloader, regular gun, gratis and nonresident landowner, and youth antlered mule deer applications (specifically for antlered mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, and 4A-4F).

State law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by submitting a valid North Dakota driver’s license number or a North Dakota nondriver photo identification number. Applications cannot be processed without this information.

Gratis applications received on or before the regular deer gun lottery application deadline (June 3) will be issued an any-legal-deer license. As per state law, applications received after the deadline will be issued based on licenses remaining after the lottery – generally only antlerless licenses remain.

The application deadline for regular statewide youth deer licenses is Sept. 1.

North Dakota Game Warden Pilot Exam

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled an examination to select candidates for the position of game warden pilot. The test is scheduled for July 17 at 10 a.m., at the department’s main office in Bismarck. In addition, an exam to select candidates for an additional district game warden position is scheduled at the same time.

Applicants must register to take the exam no later than July 13, by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website.

Game warden pilot applicants must have a commercial pilot’s license for a single engine land with an instrument rating, and hold an FAA Class II medical certificate. Candidates also must have a minimum of 500 hours total flying time and have a clean record without any felony convictions. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and a current North Dakota peace officer license, or be eligible to be licensed.

Job duties include day and night flights, involving enforcement and administrative flight activities. Responsibilities also include enforcing game and fish laws and other related regulations.

Salary through training is $3,800 per month. Upon successful completion of training, the salary is $4,136 – $6,894 per month. Wardens also receive the state benefits package, including travel allowance. Uniforms and other equipment are provided.

legal live baitfish reminder

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Anglers are reminded that fathead minnows, sticklebacks, and creek chubs are the only legal live baitfish species that can be used in most North Dakota waters.

The only exceptions are the Red and Bois de Sioux rivers where white suckers are allowed, and 23 state waters where it is illegal to use any live baitfish.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries chief Greg Power said for years the department has worked with the wholesale and retail bait industry to help ensure anglers are buying clean and legal minnows at their local bait shops.

“While today’s bait is much cleaner than what may have been purchased years ago, it remains the angler’s responsibility to possess only legal live baitfish when fishing in North Dakota,” Power said.

For specific regulations regarding bait use and all other fishing regulations, refer to the 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide.

May issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine FREE

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The May issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is available FREE online right now. It’s highlighted by an in depth story from fisheries biologisst Todd Caspers and Randy Hiltner examining the health of Devils Lake fisheries and a biological assessment of possible special fishing regulations. Also a full review of the outdoors bills from the 2015 North Dakota legislative session and a guide to catching catfish on the Red River. Check these stories and more for free in the full May issue available right here: or here

http://gf.nd.gov/publications

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.

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