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corn and deer II

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Corn harvest and deer harvest part II

Heading towards the final days of the 2013 North Dakota deer hunt I will again utilize the numbers from the USDA Ag Statistics service: Last year at this time all of the corn was harvested but the 5 year average is only 69%. Last week there was 64% done and now as of Nov 18 the harvest is 78% complete. I’d argue with exception to area’s with propane shortage holding off harvest-everyday is going to subtract more corn from the landscape. So…less corn..colder weather…fewer hunters…and this should help encourage the last push to the end of the 2013 season.

mountain lion quota zone update-5 taken

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5 mountain lions have been taken in the quota zone of western ND


deer season 2013…stay safe out there

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You don’t unbuckle your seat belt 10 miles from home. So don’t let your guard down hunting this weekend. Don’t let yourself  relax the emphasis on safety this weekend.  Blaze orange hat and blaze orange vest are the law for archery and gun hunting. Even if you are pheasant hunting or just going for  a walk. Before you squeeze the trigger take a deep breath. Know your target and what is beyond. If you have any doubts at all..please don’t pull the trigger.

stay safe and have fun outdoors

corn harvest & deer harvest

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I’ve noted often in the past 10 years the huge increase in corn and the hunters frustrated with deer holding out in the standing corn crops. So I keep tabs on the updated harvest statistics. Here’s the latest from the Ag Statistics Service.
ND corn crop is 64% complete compared to last weeks 47% and the longterm average of 63%. Last year it was done. What I don’t have is how many more acres of corn we have in North Dakota compared to 5 or 10 years ago. Essentially even if we would be 75% done but had 200% more corn acres..there’d still be more standing corn vs 10 years ago.
We’ll see how things play out in the final 10 days of the season.

Game and Fish news for this week

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Fishing Tournaments Require 30-Day Notice


Organizers planning fishing tournaments, including ice fishing contests this winter, are reminded to submit an application along with fishing tournament regulations to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.


The 30-day advance notice allows for review by agency staff to ensure the proposed tournament will not have negative consequences or conflicts with other proposed tournaments for the same location and/or time.


Tournaments may not occur without first obtaining a valid permit from the department.


In addition, the number of open-water tournaments on lakes Sakakawea and Oahe, the Missouri River and Devils Lake are capped each year, depending on the time of the year and location. Sponsors for tournaments on these water bodies must submit their application to the department prior to Jan. 1 to ensure full consideration.




Some Refuges Open to Late-Season Upland Game


Hunters are reminded that several North Dakota national wildlife refuges open to late-season upland game bird hunting the day after the deer gun season closes.


Arrowwood, Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, Lake Alice, Lake Zahl, Long Lake, Lostwood, Tewaukon (pheasants only), and Upper Souris NWRs open Nov. 25.


However, portions of each refuge are closed to hunting. Hunters should contact refuge headquarters for map leaflets designating closed areas and other restrictions: Arrowwood (701) 285-3341; Audubon (701) 442-5474; Des Lacs (701) 385-4046; J. Clark Salyer (701) 768-2548; Lake Alice (701) 662-8611; Lake Zahl (701) 965-6488; Long Lake (701) 387-4397; Lostwood (701) 848-2722; Tewaukon (701) 724-3598; and Upper Souris (701) 468-5467.


National wildlife refuges are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunters are reminded that use of nontoxic shot is required on all USFWS lands. State regulations found in theNorth Dakota 2013-14 Small Game Guide apply. Seasons for pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge and ruffed grouse close statewide on Jan. 5, 2014.




Upcoming Events:


Nov. 25: Districts 1 and 3 Advisory Board Meetings


26: Districts 2 and 7 Advisory Board Meetings


29: Deer Muzzleloader Season Opens

ND deer season is 24 hours old

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Early returns favor the deer, but it’s a 16 1/2 day season not 24 hours. As it stands the wind and corn are the biggest obstacles. Standing corn gives plenty of food/cover for deer. The wind holds deer movement down a bit. The wind won’t blow for 2 weeks straight and the corn should come off more every day.

the usual questions

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I can’t find my deer license. What should I do?

You must obtain an application for a duplicate license from the Game and Fish Department – by calling (701) 328-6300 or printing it off the website at gf.nd.gov – or from a county auditor. Fill out the form, have it notarized and return it to the Department along with a fee. You may not hunt without the deer license in your possession.

I hunt with a bow. When do I have to wear orange?

During the regular deer gun season you must wear orange. During the muzzleloader season, however, bowhunters do not need to wear orange.

Can I hunt road rights-of-way?

Do not hunt on road rights-of-way unless you are certain they are open to public use. Most road rights-of-way are under control of the adjacent landowner and are closed to hunting when the adjacent land is posted closed to hunting.

Can I retrieve a wounded deer from posted land?

If the deer was shot on land where you had a legal right to be and it ran on posted land, you may retrieve it. However, you may not take a firearm or bow with you. The department suggests contacting the landowner as a courtesy prior to entering.

What if the landowner says I cannot retrieve a deer from posted land that was shot on land where I had a right to be?

Contact a game warden.

Can I drive off a trail on private land to retrieve a deer? Unless prohibited by a landowner or operator, you may drive off-trail on private land once a deer has been killed and properly tagged. You must proceed to the carcass by the shortest accessible route, and return to the road or trail by the same route. However, off-trail driving is prohibited in all circumstances on state wildlife management areas, Bureau of Land Management lands, national wildlife refuges, national grasslands, federal waterfowl production areas and state school land.


Can I use my deer gun license during the muzzleloader or archery season? No. The deer gun license is valid for only the regular deer gun season.

Can I use my gratis license to take a mule deer doe? Only if your license is valid in a unit other than 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F.

Can hunters age 14 or 15 (and qualifying 13 year olds) with a youth season license who did not harvest a deer during the youth season, hunt the regular deer gun season with this license? Yes, but you are subject to the restrictions listed on the license.

I was unsuccessful in filling my mule deer buck license in a restricted unit during the youth season. Can I hunt the remainder of the state during the regular gun season? No. You are restricted to the same unit as during the youth season.

I shot a deer, but it is rotten. What can I do? You must take possession of the animal by tagging it. A license only allows you the opportunity to hunt. It is not a guarantee to harvest a deer, or to the quality of the animal.

What should I do if I find a wounded deer? Contact a game warden. Do not shoot the deer unless you want to tag it, or are instructed by the warden to do so.

Can I use a bow to fill my regular deer gun license? Yes. You may use any legal firearm or bow during the regular deer gun season.

don’t have a deer tag?

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If you don’t have a deer tag and long for the taste of venison. You are in luck! Here’s an oldy..but a goody…


This culinary secret was contributed by a handful of hunting friend, none of whom should be allowed to roam loose alone.

There was a common thread to all their contributions – silliness, with a strong undercurrent of truth. Over the years, we’ve all had some venison that was, well, in a class by itself.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Begin preparation and detailed planning one year before shooting date.

2. Feed a beef steer only wild berries, slough grass, weeds, sage and tree bark.

3. About two hours before you are ready to process this fine beef, have a friend chase the steer around the pasture, corral or barnyard to get extra adrenaline into all parts of the meat.

4. Wound the steer in all the wrong places immediately after it has been chased; claim the sun got in your eyes. A good shot will tenderize the meat and get as much hair as possible into the impact area. A very good shot will include the body cavity for extra juices and flavor.

5. Drag the beef to a slough and field dress it in the slough. Make sure to get as much grass, weeds, cattails and debris in the body cavity as possible.

6. Drag the beef as least one-half mile across a summer fallow field to get plenty of dirt mixed into the hair and body cavity. Go across the furrows, not with them.

7. Load the beef on a car or truck and drive swiftly down a gravel road at least five miles, then down a paved highway. This will get maximum amounts of grit, insects and other debris imbedded in the meat. For extra flavor, do this in the rain. For added debris, face the beef backward so the wind will break off flank hairs and glue them to all exposed meat.

8. Hang the beef in the garage. At least one a day idle a vehicle for five minutes with the garage door closed. Carbon monoxide adds to the flavor.

9. After a couple weeks of this, the beef is ready to process. So break out the knives, whetstones and freezer bags.

Properly followed, the above steps insure that your beef will be mistaken for venison by even the most avid sportsman. Nor more will you need to put on that orange pumpkin outfit and slosh through the swamps or hike the ridges.

truth is…the best option is to not do any of this and have the best tasting venison possible! good luck and enjoy!

2013 mountain lion quota zone harvest update

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With nearly 60,000 deer hunters taking the field I’m always interested to see if the number of mountain lions sighted/taken spikes during the 16 ½ day deer season. Across the badlands, fields, sloughs and shelter belts there will be a spike in hunter activity. Just by share odds the chance of finding and taking a mountain lion increases. As it stands as last check the quota zone of the badlands has had 3 mountain lions taken. The early season quota is 14. The total is updated here: http://gf.nd.gov/news/mountain-lion-zone-1-early-season-quota-3-14

coming soon 2013 North Dakota deer season

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North Dakota’s 16½-day deer gun season opens at noon Friday and ends Nov. 24.

 The Game and Fish Department this year offered 59,500 tags, a decline of 5,800 from last year and the lowest since 1983. 44,000 hunters didn’t draw deer tags.

Hunters last year killed about 34,500 deer during the gun season for a success rate of 63 percent.10 years ago North Dakota had a record 145,250 deer gun licenses. North Dakota hunters killed 98,500 deer for an overall success rate of 74 percent.