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Advisory Board meetings set

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Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in their area.

These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors and agency personnel.

The governor appoints eight Game and Fish Department advisors, each representing a multi-county section of the state, to serve as a liaison between the department and public.

Any person who requires an auxiliary aid or service must notify the contact person at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting date.

 

District 1 – Counties: Divide, McKenzie and Williams

Date: Nov. 24 – 7 p.m.

Location: Civic Center, Watford City

Host: McKenzie County Pheasants Forever

Contact: Rick Pokrzywinski, 770-2736

Advisory board member: Jason Leiseth, Arnegard, 586-3714

 

District 5 – Counties: Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill

Date: Nov. 24 – 7 p.m.

Location: Community Center, Cogswell

Host: Southeast Sportsmen’s Club

Contact: Kevin Dockter, 680-8008

Advisory board member: Duane Hanson, West Fargo, 367-4249

 

District 4 – Counties: Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh

Date: Nov. 25 – 7 p.m.

Location: American Legion Club, Fordville

Host: Dakota Prairie Wildlife Club

Contact: Lynn Baier, 229-3665

Advisory board member: Ronald Houdek, Tolna, 262-4724

 

District 6 – Counties: Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells

Date: Nov. 25 – 7 p.m.

Location: Gladstone Inn, Jamestown

Host: James Valley Pheasants Forever

Contact: Curt Francis, 799-0120

Advisory board member: Joel Christoferson, Litchville, 973-4981

 

District 2 – Counties: Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward

Date: Dec. 1 – 7 p.m.

Location: City Hall, Bowbells

Host: Stony Run Sportsmen Club

Contact: Tami Chrest, 339-2117

Advisory board member: Robert Gjellstad, Voltaire, 338-2281

 

District 3 – Counties: Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner

Date: Dec. 1 – 7 p.m.

Location: Research Center, Langdon

Host: Cavalier County Gun Club

Contact: Rodney Howatt, 370-9988

Advisory board member: Tom Rost, Devils Lake, 662-8620

 

District 7 – Counties: Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan and Sioux

Date: Dec. 2 – 7 p.m.

Location: Game and Fish Department, Bismarck

Host: Dakota Chapter Pheasants Forever

Contact: Rob Stenehjem, 400-8106

Advisory board member: Dave Nehring, Bismarck, 214-3184

 

District 8 – Counties: Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark

Date: Dec. 2 – 7 p.m.

Location: American Legion, Killdeer

Host: North Dakota Fur Takers

Contact: Gary Jepson, 863-6535

Advisory board member: Dwight Hecker, Fairfield, 575-4952

 

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. NDGF wildlife division chief Jeb Williams talks about the 2015 Deer Licensing Preferred Option, which would limit North Dakota deer hunters to only one license per year.  Click here to Watch! 

Game and Fish to recommend one deer license in 2015

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A new plan under consideration by the State Game and Fish Department would allow North Dakota deer hunters only one license per year, starting with the 2015 season.

The preferred license distribution plan is the result of a declining deer population and continuing high license demand. “This year we had about 30,000 people who applied for a deer gun license and didn’t get one in the lottery,” said Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams. “This new system will give more people an opportunity to hunt deer each year, compared to our current system.”

To gather input on possible changes, Game and Fish held a series of public deer management meetings across the state last winter. Hundreds of people attended these meetings, and many more interested hunters and landowners also provided written or verbal comments on how Game and Fish might manage deer license distribution, given the low population of both whitetail and mule deer in much of the state.

Following the deer management meetings, potential changes were also discussed at the spring round of public Game and Fish advisory board meetings held around the state.

“After evaluating all the input we received last winter,” Williams said, “the general feedback we heard is that hunters understand there is no longer enough licenses so that everyone can get one for the gun season, but at the same time, they don’t feel the current system is equitably distributing licenses, since some hunters can get two or even three licenses when thousands of hunters get none.”

To begin to address that inequity, Game and Fish’s preferred option for 2015 is to limit each hunter to one deer license per year. Williams said that still doesn’t guarantee that every gun hunter who applies in the lottery will get a deer license, but it will eliminate the possibility of someone getting multiple licenses.

If deer populations rebound substantially, Williams said the way licenses are allocated could return to the current system. “However, we are dealing with two dynamics that will make it difficult to do so anytime soon,” Williams added. “We have a deer herd that has been trending downward for several years, and we also have a growing population of people who possibly are interested in North Dakota’s hunting and fishing opportunities.”

In the preferred option, a hunter who is successful in the deer gun lottery would not be able to purchase a bow license or receive a muzzleloader license. However, as a way to provide additional bowhunting recreation, a hunter with a lottery gun license could also hunt with a bow any time during the open archery season, but only for the deer and unit specified on the license.

Resident hunters who apply in the deer gun lottery and do not receive a license, will still be able to purchase a bow license that is valid statewide for any deer.

“This is one of those things that we heard from people who like to hunt with both gun and bow,” Williams said. “They wanted to be able to apply for a gun license, and if they didn’t get one, they could still get a bow license. At the same time, if they did draw a gun license, they wanted a chance to hunt that deer with a bow during the archery season as well.

“We know it’s not the same as having both a gun and a bow license,” Williams added, “but we feel it’s a fair compromise while we work toward rebuilding our deer herd.”

Another part of the preferred option is that hunters would be able to apply simultaneously for the deer gun and muzzleloader lotteries. The application would allow choice of a preference, so if the hunter’s name is drawn and both muzzleloader and deer gun licenses are available at that time, the computer would issue the hunter’s preferred license.

In such cases, the computer would then remove the hunter’s name from the other lottery. Also in that case, Williams said a hunter would maintain the accumulated bonus points for the application that was removed from the lottery.

In addition, Williams said hunters will not lose any bonus points if they choose not to apply for a particular license.

Youth hunters under age 16 would be exempt under the preferred option, and could get a bow license as well as a deer gun or youth season license.

Gratis license holders could hunt in any open season on their own land, but may only get one license per year.

fall mule deer survey

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s fall mule deer survey indicated production in 2014 bodes well for the future.

 

Biologists counted 1,969 (1,761 in 2013) mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The buck-to-doe ratio of 0.50 (0.46 in 2013) was slightly above the long-term average of 0.43 bucks per doe, while the fawn-to-doe ratio of 0.95 (0.74 in 2013) was the highest since 1999, and above the long-term average of 0.90 fawns per doe.

 

“Overall, this year’s fawn production is very encouraging, and with average-to-good survival should result in another increase in the spring,” said Bruce Stillings, big game management supervisor, Dickinson.

 

While it is encouraging to see mule deer numbers increase for the short-term, Stillings said challenges remain for continued population growth, including changes in habitat quality due to fragmentation and disturbance, predators and weather.

 

The fall aerial survey, conducted specifically to study demographics, covers 24 study areas and 306.3 square miles in western North Dakota. Biologists survey the same study areas in the spring of each year to determine population abundance.

permit to posses dead deer

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North Dakota Game and Fish Department enforcement personnel are issuing a reminder that a permit is required before taking possession, or any part, of a dead deer found near a road or in a field, including the skull with antlers. Only shed antlers can be possessed without a permit.

Permits to possess are free and available from game wardens and local law enforcement offices.

In addition, hunters are reminded to properly dispose of dead deer. Harvested deer cannot be left on the side of a roadway or in a ditch, and deer parts cannot be discarded in commercial dumpsters.

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.

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

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.