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April 1 new license needed

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Spring light goose hunters, anglers and trappers are reminded that 2015-16 licenses are required starting April 1.

The 2015-16 small game, fishing and furbearer licenses are effectiveApril 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

Licenses can be purchased online by accessing the online services link at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.

2014 deer season statistics

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North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 26,300 deer during the 2014 deer gun hunting season.

The State Game and Fish Department made available 48,000 deer gun licenses in 2014, and all licenses were issued. Overall hunter success was 60 percent, with each hunter spending an average of 4.4 days in the field.

Hunter success for antlered white-tailed deer was 60 percent, and antlerless whitetail was 56 percent.

Mule deer buck success was 82 percent. No mule deer doe licenses were issued in 2014.

Hunters with any-antlered or any-antlerless licenses generally harvest white-tailed deer, as these licenses are predominantly in units with mostly whitetails. Buck hunters had a success rate of 65 percent, while doe hunters had a success rate of 63 percent.

A total of 814 muzzleloader hunters harvested 356 white-tailed deer (171 antlered, 185 antlerless). Hunter success was 44 percent, with each hunter spending an average of 5.4 days in the field.

In addition, a record 23,450 archery licenses (21,500 resident, 1,950 nonresident) were issued in 2014. All total, 19,918 bow hunters harvested 6,046 deer (5,593 whitetails, 453 mule deer), for a success rate of 30 percent. Bucks accounted for 78 percent of the harvest. Archers spent an average of 10.7 days afield.

The department is in the process of determining recommendations for licenses in the 2015 deer proclamation. These recommendations will be discussed at the upcoming spring Game and Fish public advisory board meetings, scheduled for March 30-31 and April 6-7. 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, depredation reports, hunter observations, input at advisory board meetings, and comments from the public, landowners and department field staff.

 

state record cisco

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Jack Fletcher’s catch on Feb. 28 broke a state record for cisco that was established nearly 15 years ago.

The Fargo angler reeled in a 2-pound, 9-ounce cisco from Beaver Bay, Lake Oahe, breaking the old record by 1 ounce.

The previous record was held since 2000 by two family members from Pick City, Tylor and Scott Borup Jr., who each reeled in a 2-pound, 8-ounce cisco from the Garrison Dam Tailrace on the same day.

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. North Dakota Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams explains why there will be no Bighorn Sheep season this year and then gives a preview of the Moose and Elk seasons.   Click here to Watch!  And to read more in depth information about bighorn sheep in North Dakota click here as well.

youth grant application deadline

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Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civil organizations are urged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters program, a State Game and Fish Department grant program developed to assist recruitment of the next generation of hunters and shooters.

The maximum grant allowed is $3,000. The program currently helps fund approximately 40 club and organizational events and projects, with an average grant of $1,550.

Grant funds help cover event expenses, including promotional printing; event memorabilia such as shirts, caps or vests; ammunition and targets, and eye and ear protection.

Past funding has enabled several groups to conduct youth pheasant and waterfowl hunts, while others have sponsored trap and other shooting events, including archery and rifle shooting.

Any club or organization interested in conducting a youth hunting or shooting event can get more information, including a grant application, from the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or by contacting outreach biologist Pat Lothspeich at 701-328-6332.

The deadline to apply for a 2015 grant is April 19.

more on bighorn sheep

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The February issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine  has a review of the 2014 year from the Enforcement Division.  Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams explains the latest on the North Dakota bighorn sheep population and the considerations for closing the 2015 season. Plus a look at the Devils Lake walleye population. Check these stories and more for free in the full February issue  available right here: or here

http://gf.nd.gov/publications

ice shack removal deadline

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Anglers have until mid-March to remove permanent fish houses from North Dakota waters, and from any state wildlife management area or federal refuge land.

State law requires permanent fish houses must be removed from North Dakota waters by midnight March 15. In addition, it is illegal to leave fish houses on any state-owned or managed land, and federal refuge land, after March 15.

Anglers are advised to use caution while accessing area lakes because mild weather conditions can quickly result in unstable ice conditions.

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

2015 moose, elk & bighorn sheep

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North Dakota’s elk and moose hunting seasons are set with more licenses available in 2015 than last year. However, the bighorn sheep hunting season will be closed for the first time since 1983.

 

A total of 301 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall, an increase of 40 from last year. Unit E1 has an additional 15 any-elk and 15 antlerless licenses, and unit E3 has an increase of 10 antlerless licenses. In addition, the split season antlerless elk only portion of E1 is eliminated to provide additional hunting opportunity and address late-season depredation issues.

 

A total of 131 moose licenses are available in 2015, an increase of 20 from 2014. Units M9 and M10 have more licenses than last year due to high cow survival and calf recruitment. Hunting units M1C and M4 will remain closed due to a continued downward trend in moose numbers in the northeastern part of the state.

 

The bighorn sheep hunting season is closed this year due to significant sheep mortality in 2014 caused by bacterial pneumonia. North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife chief Jeb Williams said an intensive search during last year’s rut revealed a majority of mature rams in the badlands were among the sheep lost to disease. “The summer 2015 survey will provide more information as to when Game and Fish may be able to re-establish a sheep season,” Williams said.

 

Online applications will be available March 6 by visiting the Game and Fish Department’s website,gf.nd.gov. Paper applications will be on the website for printing, and at license vendors the week ofMarch 9. The deadline for applying is March 25.

 

Elk and moose lottery licenses are issued as once-in-a-lifetime licenses in North Dakota. Hunters who have received a license through the lottery in the past are not eligible to apply for that species again.

2015 spring turkey drawing

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The 2015 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.

A total of 700 licenses remain in nine 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 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 18. 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 11 and continues through May 17.

2015 boat registrations

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Boat owners purchasing watercraft from private individuals this winter are reminded to register it in their name with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Registering a used watercraft purchased from an individual must include proof of transfer of ownership, such as a photocopy of the previous owner’s registration card, a canceled check or a signed note from the previous owner stating transfer of ownership.

The prorated price to register motorboats under 16 feet in length, and all canoes, is $12, motorboats from 16 feet to less than 20 feet in length, $24, and motorboats at least 20 feet in length, $30.

The current three-year boat registration cycle runs through Dec. 31, 2016.

In addition, boat owners who need to renew their registration can renew online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, by clicking the online services link, and “watercraft registration and renewals” under the watercraft heading.

Also, anyone buying a new or used watercraft can register online and generate a 10-day temporary permit that is valid until the registration is processed

Regulations require the boat number to be in contrasting color to the hull in plain vertical block letters at least 3 inches in height, excluding any border, trim, outlining or shading, and must be maintained in a legible condition so the number is clearly visible in daylight hours. The number must read from left to right, and groups of numbers and letters must be separated by a space or hyphen equivalent in width to the letter “M.”

In addition, a validation sticker issued by the Game and Fish Department must be displayed on the boat within 6 inches of the number toward the rear of the boat. No other numbers should be displayed in this area.

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