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spring turkey drawing has been held

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The 2014 spring wild turkey lottery has been held and hopeful hunters can check individual results by accessing the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov.

More than 600 licenses remain in 11 units. The governor’s proclamation allows a maximum of two licenses, and hunters who did not apply in the first drawing are also eligible.

Licenses remain in unit 06, Bowman County; unit 13, Dunn County; unit 19, Grant and Sioux counties and portions of Morton County; unit 25 McHenry County and portions of Pierce and Ward Counties; unit 31, Mountrail County; unit 40, Rolette County and portions of Bottineau, Renville, and Pierce counties; unit 44, Slope County; unit 45, Stark County; unit 47, Eddy, Foster, Kidder, Sheridan, Stutsman and Wells counties; unit 51, Burke County and portions of Renville, Bottineau and Ward counties; and unit 99, Mercer and Oliver counties.

Licenses are issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning March 19. Applicants can apply online, or print an application to mail at the Game and Fish website. In addition, applications can be requested by calling (701) 328-6300. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.

The spring turkey season opens April 12 and continues through May 18.

snow cover and snow geese

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North Dakota’s spring snow goose season has been open since Feb 15, but to no surprise the fact it’s open doesn’t mean there’s birds anywhere close..yet..this snow cover map is all you need to really know.

Until the snow is gone a few scattered sightings of scout flocks exploring north of the snow is all you can expect. Here’s a link to the NOAA snow cover map.

So with 40 inches of ice on the lake another weekend of ice fishing is in order. One quick passing note. The snow depth is relatively shallow so when spring arrives-and it could be soon-the snow pack may shrink in fast order. So while snow goose hunting looks and feels like a long ways off, there’s a chance in the next 2 weeks that may change.

spearfishing winding down

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Anglers are reminded that North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season closes March 15.


Individuals who would still like to get out for the first time this year must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Registration is available through the department’s website,gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish Department office.


March 15 is also the deadline for anglers to remove permanent fish houses from state waters.

North Dakota ice shack removal

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State law requires permanent fish houses to be removed from North Dakota waters by midnight March 15.


Fish houses may be used after March 15 if they are removed daily.


In addition, it is illegal to leave fish houses on any federal refuge land or on any state-owned or managed land after March 15.



spring snow goose migration hot line

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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 opens Feb. 15 and continues through May 18. Season information, including licensing requirements and regulations, are also available by accessing the Game and Fish website.

spring turkey deadline

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Applications for this spring’s turkey season must be in the mail and postmarked before midnight Feb. 12. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.


Prospective hunters can submit a lottery application online, or print an application, at the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can also be submitted by calling (800) 406-6409. Online or phone applications must be logged before midnight Feb. 12.


Application forms are also available at most license vendors, county auditors and Game and Fish offices.


The spring turkey season opens April 12 and continues through May 18.

Thank YOU! To some great volunteers!

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Volunteer instructors for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department were recognized Jan. 4 at the annual banquet in Bismarck.

Skip Balzer, Bismarck, received the volunteer of the year award. Balzer was mentioned for volunteering thousands of hours at rifle ranges and wildlife management areas, Family Fishing Days, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, state fair and fish camps.

Bismarck resident Clair Huwe was named instructor of the year. Huwe was recognized for his work with the Hooked on Fishing program, including Family Fishing Days, fish camps and the state fair.

Richard Peterson, Bismarck, received the special projects award. Peterson was instrumental in securing a new trailer for the Hooked on Fishing program, including writing the grant, purchasing the trailer, outfitting the inside and designing the wrap.

Honored for 35 years of service were Karl Broeren, Northwood; Melvin Bruhn, Elgin; John Buresh, Towner; Richard Cheatley, Riverdale; Ken Fischer, Park River; Marlowe Grindler, Rogers; Chris Hansen, Napoleon; Colin Hoffert, Harvey; Ron Hunsberger, Larimore; Ronald Koenig, Elgin; Noel Podoll, Velva; Mike Voglewede, Northwood; Kurt Wagner, Wimbledon.

Thirty-year service awards were presented to Dale Brewster, Stanley; Donald Brewster, Bowbells; Clyde Grosz, Beulah; James Hastings, Courtenay; Don Meyer, Devils Lake; Mark Montgomery, Center; David Rensch, Garrison; Rick Suckut, Bowdon.

Recognized for 25 years of service were James Boley, Minot; Dick Brewster, Washburn; Douglas Crosby, Williston; Ralph Danuser, Marion; Keith Domke, Jamestown; Myron Hanson, Souris; Rick Jorgenson, Devils Lake; Mike McEnroe, Bismarck; Todd Parkman, Hope; Kenneth Schwandt, Cavalier; Rod Stark, Kennedy; Gary Stefanovsky, Bismarck; Gary Symanowski, Scranton.

Honored for 20 years of service were Ottmar Barth, Mandan; Mary Barth, Mandan; Kevin Bishop, Kathryn; Patsy Crooke, Mandan; Roger Dienert, Hankinson; Darwin Gebhardt, Oakes; Terry Gray, Cooperstown; Garry Hillier, Thompson; Eddy Larsen, Larimore; Francis Miller, Mandan; Gregory Odden, Rugby; Rick Olson, Underwood; Rodney Parrill, Bottineau; Gene Paupst, Larimore; Duane Reinisch, Valley City; Allen Schirado, Bismarck; John Schlieman, Grand Forks; Melvin Sivertson, Bowman; Mark Vickerman, Minot.


Fifteen-year service awards were presented to Adnan Aldayel, New Rockford; William Bahm, Almont; Jack Carlson, Mandan; Randy Christensen, Hettinger; Stan Cox, Jamestown; Mark Engen, Anamoose; Mark Entzi, Watford City; Gary Grosz, Kulm; Gary Hagness, Fordville; Matthew Herman, Ashley; Leon Hiltner, Wales; Morris Hummel, Coleharbor; Lynn Kieper, Bismarck; Steven Kilwein, Hettinger; Bruce Krabseth, Alamo; Jeffrey Lemer, Anamoose; Richard Liesner, Ray; Barry McCleary, Napoleon; Curt Miller, Tioga; Marvin Neumiller, Washburn; Loran Palmer, Wahpeton; Randy Palmer, Bismarck; Richard Petersen, Bismarck; Mark Pfeifer, Lidgerwood; Joel Puffe, Bismarck; Scott Rehak, Williston; Craig Roe, Kindred; Claude Sheldon, Park River; Trever Speidel, West Fargo; Shawn Tennyson, Fargo; Doug Thingstad, Jamestown; Clayton Thompson, West Fargo; Cindie Van Tassel, Breckenridge, Minn.; Brian Vose, Devils Lake.


Ten-year active instructors recognized were Craig Bjur, Fargo; Karl Blake, Park River; Benjilee Boll, Wahpeton; Robert Concannon Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.; Troy Enga, Berthold; Nathan Fitzgerald, Cooperstown; Gregory Gerou, Wahpeton; Judy Haglund, Garrison; Tim Hendrickson, Bisbee; Terry Kassian, Wilton; Steven Kukowski, Minot; Arlen Kurtti, Hazen; Kimberly Murphy, Williston; Dustin Neva, Hatton; Charles Oien, Elgin; John Paulson, Bismarck; Kent Reierson, Williston; Myron Schaff, Hebron; Scott Thorson, Towner; Daniel Vollmer, Rolla.

Recognized for five years of service were Andrew Banta, Williston; Glen Bahm, Selfridge; Mark Berg, Bismarck; Jamie Bradley, Beulah; Leona Coutts, Bismarck; Jennifer Ekberg, Manvel; Kevin Fire, Grand Forks; Jerry Goldsberry, Grassy Butte; Jason Heinz, Rolette; Lindsay Hiedorn, Hope; Clair Huwe, Bismarck; Kellen Leier, Bismarck; Catherine Logosz, Dickinson; Andrew Majeres, Garrison; Frank Odell, Belfield; Kim Oien, Elgin; Kent Paulson, Mayville; Benjamin Sand, Menoken; Tom Sauvage, Linton; Jeffrey Solseth, Cando; Jeremy St. Aubin, Ashley; Corey Wysocki, Grafton.

deer management meetings

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Eight public meetings to discuss deer management in North Dakota are scheduled to begin in mid-February.


State Game and Fish Department officials will present an overview of current deer population and prospects for the future, and look for input on possible options for changes in the way deer licenses are allocated.




Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. local time.


  • Feb. 17 – Devils Lake, Lake Region Community College Auditorium
  • Feb. 17 – Casselton, City Fire Hall
  • Feb. 18 – Dickinson, Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge
  • Feb. 18 – Anamoose, VFW Club
  • Feb. 24 – Tioga, Farm Festival Building
  • Feb. 24 – Fordville, Community Center
  • Feb. 25 – Bismarck, North Dakota Game and Fish Department
  • Feb. 25 – Jamestown, The Bunker

2014 spring snow goose season is set

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North Dakota’s spring light goose season opens Feb. 15 and continues through May 18.

Residents can hunt during the spring season by having last fall’s 2013-14 bird licenses. Otherwise, hunters will need to purchase either a 2014-15 combination license; or a small game, and general game and habitat license.

Nonresidents, regardless of age, need a 2014 spring light goose season license. The cost is $50 and the license is good statewide. Nonresidents who hunt the spring season remain eligible to buy a fall season license. The spring season does not count against the 14-day fall hunting season regulation.

A federal duck stamp is not required for either residents or nonresidents.

Licenses are available only from the Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office, the department’s website at gf.nd.gov, or by calling (800) 406-6409.

Availability of food and open water dictate when snow geese arrive in the state. Early migrants generally start showing up in the southeast part of the state in mid-to-late March, but huntable numbers usually aren’t around until the end of March or early April. Movements into and through the state will depend on available roosting areas and the extent of the snow line.

Hunters must obtain a new Harvest Information Program registration number before venturing out into the field. The HIP number can be obtained online or by calling (888) 634-4798. The HIP number is good for the fall season as well, so spring hunters should save it to record on their fall license.

The Game and Fish Department will provide hunters with migration updates once geese have entered the state. Hunters can access the department’s website, or call (701) 328-3697, to receive generalized locations of bird sightings in North Dakota until the season ends or geese have left the state. Migration reports will be updated periodically during the week.

The spring season is only open to light geese – snows, blues, and Ross’s. Species identification is important because white-fronted and Canada geese travel with light geese. The season is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds.

Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. There is no daily bag limit or possession limit. Electronic and recorded calls, as well as shotguns capable of holding more than three shells, may be used to take light geese during this season.

There are no waterfowl rest areas designated for the spring season. Hunters should note that private land within waterfowl rest areas closed last fall may be posted closed to hunting.

Nontoxic shot is required for hunting all light geese statewide. Driving off established roads and trails is strongly discouraged during this hunt because of the likelihood of soft, muddy conditions, and winter wheat that is planted across the state.

To maintain good landowner relations, hunters are advised to seek permission before hunting on private lands or attempting any off-road travel during this season. Sprouted winter wheat is considered an unharvested crop. Therefore, hunting or off-road travel in winter wheat is not legal without landowner permission.

All regular hunting season regulations not addressed above apply to the spring season. For more information on regulations refer to the 2014 Spring Light Goose Hunting Regulations and the 2013 North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Guide.


2014 mid-winter waterfowl survey results

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual midwinter waterfowl survey in early January indicated 71,500 birds were in the state.

Mike Szymanski, migratory game bird biologist, said an estimated 40,700 Canada geese were observed on the Missouri River, and another 12,000 were scattered on Nelson Lake. Lake Sakakawea, declared iced-over on Dec. 14, had no geese on the lake itself. Szymanski said after summarizing the numbers, a total of 52,700 Canada geese and 18,700 mallards were tallied statewide.

“Conditions leading up to this year’s survey were colder than normal, resulting in fewer birds in the state compared to the past couple winters,” Szymanski said. “Most waterfowl were pushed from North Dakota just prior to Thanksgiving, with the exception of those using the Missouri River System.”

According to Szymanski, early December cold temperatures and strong winds pushed most Missouri River birds from the state. Conditions remained the same through most of January, essentially causing all waters in the state to freeze by the time of the survey, with the exception of a few places with fast moving, or warm water.

Overall, Szymanski said although the counts are lower than those observed during the past couple years, numbers of birds remaining in the state are surprisingly large given the harsh weather conditions experienced thus far.

“Snow cover was probably borderline for allowing birds to feed without too much trouble,” he added. “If more snow had fallen in December, this year’s count would have been even lower.”