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visiting North Dakota? go hunt

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I totally understand this  weather feels closer to February than it is October or even November. And while it’s easy to convince rooster hunting on a warm autumn day the reality is North Dakota upland game seasons are open. So if you have kids, in-laws or friends visiting North Dakota over the holidays and they don’t feel at ease on the ice. There’s still hunting options available.

Start off with the license options which are purchased/printed off the Game and Fish Department website www.gf.nd.gov

14 days of non-reisdent upland game hunting is approximately $100

Next find a spot to hunt. And even short-term visitors can check out the Wildlife Managment Area’s and PLOTS guide for some options here: http://www.gf.nd.gov/hunting/private-land-open-sportsmen

Be sure to check out the full upland game hunting regulations here:


Zone 1 Mountain lion season is now closed

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Mountain lion hunting during the late season in zone 1 is closed immediately. The zone’s late-season quota of seven was filled after five cats were taken this weekend.




Zone 1 includes land south of ND Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where ND Highway 1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from ND Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea then south along ND Highway 8 to ND Highway 200, then west on ND Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S. Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.




The mountain lion season in zone 2, which is the rest of the state outside zone 1, has no quota and is open through March 31, 2014.

coyote catalog

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Coyote Catalog Available for Hunters, Landowners


The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department have reopened the Coyote Catalog to connect coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who want fewer coyotes in their areas.




The Coyote Catalog is an online database similar to the one the Game and Fish Department uses to connect deer hunters with farmers and ranchers.




“We’ve had a lot of success matching deer hunters with landowners,” said NDGF Director Terry Steinwand. “We hope the Coyote Catalog works out just as well.”




NDDA officials estimate livestock producers in North Dakota lost more than $1 million last year to coyotes. At the same time, coyotes are a popular furbearer species for hunters and trappers.




“I encourage landowners, especially farmers and ranchers who have problems with coyote depredation, to sign up for the Coyote Catalog,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Hunting and trapping are valuable tools in managing these predators.”




Goehring and Steinwand said the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services should be the first contact for landowners experiencing coyote depredation of livestock.




Landowners can sign up on the NDDA website at www.nd.gov/ndda/coyote-catalog. Required information includes county and contact information.




Hunters and trappers can sign up at the NDGF website at www.gf.nd.gov.




Periodically throughout the winter, hunters or trappers will receive information on participating landowners, and they can then contact landowners to make arrangements.




Although the Coyote Catalog does not guarantee a good match for every participating landowner or hunter, Goehring and Steinwand said it has great potential to focus hunting or trapping pressure in areas where farmers and ranchers are experiencing coyote depredation problems.




Anyone who registered for the Coyote Catalog in the past must register again to activate their names on the database.




The Coyote Catalog will remain active through March 31, and then start up again next winter.



positive CWD test

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mule deer taken from unit 3F2 during the deer gun season has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Dr. Dan Grove, North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian, said a hunter shot the adult buck in western Grant County and submitted the head for testing as part of the hunter-harvested surveillance program. Testing was performed at Michigan State University. Game and Fish is awaiting verification of initial tests results from a national lab in Ames, Iowa. The MSU lab still has some 3F2 samples to test, as well as all samples from the eastern third of the state.

Grove said according to the hunter, the animal looked healthy, with no visible signs of having any health issues.

This is the fourth deer, and first buck, to test positive for CWD since 2009, and all were from taken from unit 3F2 in southwestern North Dakota. All four were within the same general area.

The hunter-harvested surveillance program annually collects samples taken from hunter-harvested deer in specific regions of the state. In addition to unit 3F2, samples during the 2013 deer gun season were collected from units in the eastern third of the state.

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.


stay safe this weekend

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State Game and Fish Department officials are cautioning hunters to be wary of where they hunt, as late-season weather is freezing North Dakota’s small and mid-sized waters, giving the appearance of safe foot travel.

Nancy Boldt, department boat and water safety coordinator, said hunters should be cautious of walking on frozen stock ponds, sloughs, creeks and rivers.

Ice thickness is not consistent, Boldt said, as it can vary significantly within a few inches. Hunters walking the edge of a cattail slough will not find the same ice thickness in the middle. “The edges firm up faster than the center,” she added. “So, with your first step the ice might seem like it is strong enough, but it may not be anywhere near solid enough once you progress away from the shoreline.”

And in the case of snowfall, Boldt cautions hunters to be aware of snow-covered ice. Snow insulates ice, inhibiting solid ice formation, and makes it difficult to check thickness. Snow also hides cracked, weak and open water areas.

Winter anglers are also encouraged to consider early ice conditions before traveling onto and across North Dakota lakes.

Keep in mind:

  • Avoid cracks, pressure ridges, slushy or darker areas that signal thinner ice. The same goes for ice that forms around partially submerged trees, brush, embankments or other structures.
  • Ice thickness is not consistent and can vary significantly even in a small area. Ice shouldn’t be judged by appearance alone. Anglers should drill test holes as they make their way out on the lake, and an ice chisel should be used to check ice thickness while moving around.
  • Daily temperature changes cause ice to expand and contract, affecting its strength.
  • The following minimums are recommended for travel on clear-blue lake ice formed under ideal conditions. However, early in the winter it’s a good idea to double these figures to be safe: 4 inches for a group walking single file; 6 inches for a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle; 8-12 inches for an automobile; and 12-15 inches for a pickup/truck.

These tips could help save a life:

  • Wear a personal flotation device and carry a cell phone.
  • Carry ice picks or a set of screwdrivers to pull yourself back on the ice if you fall through.
  • If someone breaks through the ice, call 911 immediately. Rescue attempts should employ a long pole, board, rope, blanket or snowmobile suit. If that’s not possible, throw the victim a life jacket, empty water jug or other buoyant object. Go to the victim as a last resort, but do this by forming a human chain where rescuers lie on the ice with each person holding the feet of the person in front.
  • To treat hypothermia, replace wet clothing with dry clothing and immediately transport victim to a hospital.

tentative opening dates for 2014

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To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2014, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.


Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2014 include:




Spring Crow March 8
Spring Turkey April 12
Fall Crow August 9
Deer Bow, Mountain Lion August 29
Dove September 1
Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel September 13
Youth Deer September 19
Youth Waterfowl September 20
Early Resident Waterfowl September 27
Regular Waterfowl, Youth Pheasant October 4
Pheasant, Fall Turkey October 11
Mink, Muskrat, Weasel Trapping October 25
Deer Gun November 7
Deer Muzzleloader November 28







Advisory Board meetings-reschedule

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s advisory board meetings scheduled for tonight and tomorrow in Minto, Scranton and Cayuga have been postponed to next week due to inclement weather.

The meetings in Minto and Scranton are rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 9; and Cayuga is tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 10.



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

Date: December 2 – 7 p.m.

Location: The Bunker, 1520 3rd Street SE, Jamestown

Host: United Sportsmen of North Dakota

Contact: Larry Kukla, 320-4182

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


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

Date: December 9 – 7 p.m.

Location: Scranton Town Hall

Host: Scranton Rod and Gun Club

Contact: Gary Symanowski, 275-8807

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


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

Date: December 9 – 7 p.m.

Location: Minto Community Center

Host: Minto Area Sportsmen’s Club

Contact: Chris Misialek, 248-3978

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


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

Date: December 10 – 7 p.m.

Location: Cayuga Community Center

Host: Southeast Sportsmen’s Club

Contact: Donald Dathe, 736-2460

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

planning hunter ed classes for 2014

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Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2014 should know that most courses are offered early in the calendar year.

To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up online at the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.

To register, click on the online services tab, and “online course enrollment” under the hunter education heading. Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. To register for a class, click on “enroll” next to the specific class, and follow the simple instructions. Personal information is required.

Those who do not have access to the Internet and want to sign up for a class can call the hunter education program in Bismarck at (701) 328-6615.

Individuals interested in receiving a notice by email when each hunter education class is added can click on the “subscribe to news, email and text alerts” link found below the news section on the department’s home page. Check the box labeled “hunter education class notification” under the education program updates.

State law requires anyone born after December 31, 1961 to pass a certified hunter education course to hunt in the state. Hunter education is mandatory for youth who are turning 12 years old, and children can take the class at age 11.

mountain lion 2nd season quota zone update

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So far 1 cougar taken in the 2nd season for North Dakota.


black powder opener today

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The 2013 black powder season opens up at 12noon today and runs through December 15. This years season allocated 1,166 for muzzleloader, down 116 from last year.

Restricted to antlered or antlerless white-tailed deer only

as described on license. No unit restrictions. Orange clothing required,

and for anyone accompanying apprentice license holders.