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2014 deer season success

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2013 Deer Gun Season Summarized

North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 28,600 deer during the 2013 deer gun hunting season.

The State Game and Fish Department made available 59,500 deer gun licenses in 2013, and more than 98 percent were issued. Overall hunter success was 55 percent, and each hunter spent an average of 4.6 days in the field.

Hunter success for antlered white-tailed deer was 62 percent, and antlerless whitetail was 55 percent.

Mule deer buck success was 82 percent. No mule deer doe licenses were issued in 2013.

Hunters with any-antlered or any-antlerless licenses almost exclusively harvest white-tailed deer. Buck hunters had a success rate of 57 percent, while doe hunters had a success rate of 54 percent.

The department is in the process of determining recommendations for licenses in the 2014 deer proclamation. These recommendations will be discussed at the upcoming spring Game and Fish public advisory board meetings, scheduled for March 31 and April 1, and April 7-8. The proclamation will be sent to the governor’s office for approval in late April.

In addition to harvest rates and winter aerial surveys, the department monitors a number of other population indices to determine license numbers, including depredation reports, hunter observations, input at advisory board meetings, and comments from the public, landowners and department field staff.

spring snow goose update

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As predicted alot changed in the past week. I noted the thin snowcover without much to effort it wouldn’t last long once spring arrived. While snow extended to the South Dakota & Nebraska border it wouldn’t take much to dissolve it. That’s exactly what happened. South Dakota hit 70s and many 60s and 50s across North Dakota. The sun beat the snow in a quick hurry.

Next the birds began to fill into the I90 stretch across South Dakota and scout flocks began filtering into North Dakota late Wednesday into Thursday. I just finished a trip from Bismarck to Fargo and saw nothing to make me think anyone has missed out. But there’s nothing to hold the birds back either. The weather forecast shouldn’t be to much of a factor the next week and if you thought you were caught flat footed, you’ll have a little time to get ready to go. Here’s the snow cover map 

http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/snow_model/images/full/National/nsm_depth/201403/nsm_depth_2014031405_National.jpg

snow goose migration

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Before the birds get to North Dakota they’ll be in South Dakota. Pretty basic biology :) here’s how SD tracks them.

http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/waterfowl/migration/

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.

2013 North Dakota big three success rates

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2013 Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Elk Harvests

Harvest statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success during the 2013 season for bighorn sheep was 100 percent, 91 percent for moose and 50 percent for elk.

The department issued three bighorn sheep licenses and auctioned one. All four hunters harvested a bighorn ram.

The department issued 111 moose licenses last year. Of that total, 111 hunters harvested 101 animals – 85 bulls and 16 cows/calves. One additional license was raffled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the hunter was successful in harvesting a moose. Harvest for each unit follows:

Unit

Hunters

Bulls

Cow/Calf

Success Rate

M5

5

1

4

100

M6

15

4

6

67

M8

15

14

1

100

M9

25

22

2

96

M10

51

44

3

92

 

The department issued 271 elk licenses last year. Of that total, 255 hunters harvested 127 elk – 77 bulls and 50 cows/calves. One additional license was raffled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the hunter was successful in harvesting an elk. Harvest for each unit follows:

Unit

Hunters

Bulls

Cow/Calf

Success Rate

E1

68

11

19

44

E2

116

29

27

48

E3

47

25

3

60

E4

24

12

1

54

 

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.

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 turkey apps are out!

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The state Game and Fish Department is offering 5,880 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, a decrease of 50 from last year. The decrease is a result of poor production and chick recruitment.

Two of the 22 hunting units have slightly more spring licenses than in 2013, while 16 remain the same. Unit 21 (most of Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed in 2014 due to lack of turkeys in the unit.

Successful spring turkey applicants must purchase a 2014-15 hunting license, as last year’s 2013-14 licenses expire March 31. In addition to the spring turkey license, hunters must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate, and a general game and habitat license. Also, hunters ages 16 and older must possess a small game license, or combination license.

Hunters may notice an increase in license fees required to hunt spring turkey, which were established and set by the 2013 state legislature. The spring turkey license increased from $8 to $15, and the general game and habitat license increased from $13 to $20. In addition, the small game license – required for hunters ages 16 and older – increased from $6 to $10. The combination license, which includes general game and habitat, small game, furbearer and fishing, increased from $32 to $50.

First-time spring turkey hunters ages 15 or younger are eligible to receive one spring license valid for the regular hunting season in a specific unit. To be eligible, the youth hunter must be 15 or younger on opening day of spring turkey season, and have never received a spring turkey license in North Dakota.

Spring turkey applicants can apply online or print out an application at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can also be submitted by calling (800) 406-6409.

Application forms will also be available by Feb. 1 at most license vendors, county auditors and Game and Fish offices. The deadline for applying is Feb. 12. Online or phone applications must be logged before midnight that day.

Spring turkey licenses are available only to North Dakota residents. The spring turkey season opens April 12 and continues through May 18.