BOW Program Offers Darkhouse Spearfishing Class
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program has scheduled a one-day darkhouse spearfishing class Jan. 10 at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Minot.
Women interested in attending the class must register online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. The cost is $50, and preregistration with payment is required. Equipment and snacks will be provided. In addition, each participant must register to darkhouse spearfish.
More information is available by contacting Nancy Boldt, program coordinator at 701-328-6312, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BOW Program Offers Darkhouse Spearfishing Class
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is accepting registrations for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman hiking and waterfowl hunting workshops.
Hike The Maah Daah Hey is Sept. 13-15. Designed for women in good physical condition or who have previous hiking or backpacking skills, participants will experience one of North Dakota’s preeminent hiking destinations while learning backpacking tips and tricks, how to set up camp and outdoor cooking. A workshop fee of $30 includes lunch, dinner and group gear. Each participant must provide personal gear, such as a sleeping bag, hiking boots and backpack, and should pack clothes, toiletries and snacks.
A waterfowl hunting workshop is scheduled Oct. 5-6 in Bismarck. Participants will learn firearm and waterfowl safety, shotgun shooting, waterfowl identification, water/field decoys and gear, and techniques for decoying and calling waterfowl. A mentored hunt will be featured Oct. 6.
Participants for the waterfowl hunting workshop must possess a hunter education certificate, current hunting licenses and provide their own hunting clothing, boots or waders. Workshop fees of $20 include instruction, program materials and use of equipment. No lodging is provided.
BOW workshops are designed primarily for women with an interest in learning skills associated with hunting, fishing and outdoor endeavors. Although open to anyone age 18 or older, the workshops are tailored primarily to women who have never tried these activities or who are beginners hoping to improve their skills.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 180 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2013. Similar to last year and pending the final proclamation, antlerless mule deer may not be legal to harvest within a large area of western North Dakota.
The deadline for applying is March 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. If licenses remain after March 1, they 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 1,200 antlered mule deer licenses in the 2012 deer gun lottery.
While more than 95 percent of North Dakotaâ€™s deer licenses have been issued, as of Sept. 27 nearly 5,600 antlerless licenses remain for the 2010 season.
Doe licenses are available in units 2C, 2D, 2F1, 2K2, 2L, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2 and 4F. There is no limit to the number of deer licenses a hunter can receive.
These remaining antlerless licenses â€“ and doe licenses that have already been issued and are printed with second, third or additional concurrent season designations â€“ can be used during any open season: bow season with a bow; the deer gun season with a bow, rifle, or muzzleloader; or during the muzzleloader season with a muzzleloader. Hunters must stay in the unit to which the license is assigned.
In addition, some landowners in hunting units 2I, 2K2, 3D1, 3D2, 3E1, 3F1, 4A, 4D and 4E are still looking for doe hunters.
Interested hunters can apply for a remaining doe license, or enter their name on the hunter contact list for landowners, by accessing the North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website at gf.nd.gov. Hunters who do not have Internet access can call the departmentâ€™s main office in Bismarck at (701) 328-6300.
North Dakotaâ€™s 2010 deer gun season runs from Nov. 5-21. The archery season extends through Jan. 2, 2011, and muzzleloader season is Nov. 26 â€“ Dec. 12. License fees are $20 for residents and $55 for nonresidents.
More than 200 any-deer bow licenses are still available to nonresidents in 2010, according to Carrie Whitney, licensing supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
The Game and Fish Department began issuing nonresident any-deer bow licenses March 1, and nearly 1,100 of the allotted 1,305 licenses for 2010 have been purchased.
Remaining licenses are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Nonresidents can print out an application for mailing at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or call (701) 328-6300 to request an application. Only one license is allowed per hunter.
The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation. The department issued 8,700 mule deer licenses in the 2009 deer gun lottery.
North Dakota’s deer and pronghorn archery seasons open Friday, Sept. 4 at noon, and hunters should refer to the 2009 deer and pronghorn hunting guides for season information and regulations.
The pronghorn archery season runs through Oct. 4, while the archery deer season is open through Jan. 3, 2010.
Bowhunters are reminded to follow all regulations of the managing agency when using tree stands on public hunting areas. A new regulation requires tree stands that are left unattended on state Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas to have an identification tag displaying the owner’s name, address and telephone number.
In addition, bowhunters should not erect or use tree stands on private property without landowner permission; should not use the tree stand of another hunter without that hunter’s permission; and should not remove or tamper with a tree stand without the owner’s or landowner’s permission.
Tree stands are private property, and theft constitutes a criminal violation that should be reported to the local sheriff’s department.
Bowhunters are reminded that additional concurrent season deer gun licenses can be used with a bow during the archery season in the designated hunting unit.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program and Delta Waterfowl are sponsoring a waterfowl hunting workshop Sept. 26-27 in Minot.
Saturday’s events will include instruction on waterfowl identification, firearm safety, hunting with decoys and calling birds. Sunday will feature a mentored hunt, followed by cleaning game.
Women interested in participating in the workshop must have a firearms safety certificate, 2009 hunting license and duck stamp. Waders or rubber boots are recommended. Shotguns and ammunition will be provided if necessary.
The workshop is open to the first 20 woman ages 18 or older to register. The cost is $20, and preregistration with payment is required.
For more information contact Nancy Boldt, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, at (701) 328-6312; or email email@example.com.
Registration forms are available on the Game and Fish website (gf.nd.gov) by accessing the education/outreach link.