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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

Mountain lion quota zone update-4

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Four mountain lions have been taken in the quota zone with a maximum of 14

http://www.gf.nd.gov/news/mountain-lion-zone-1-early-season-quota-4-14

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.

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

corn harvest & deer harvest

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I truly wish I had more time to blog during deer week, but the phone doesn’t allow it. Regardless of that. Here’s something I need to take time to get out there as I’ve heard often this fall the corn needs to come off to give more access to the deer. Well I’m not an agronomist but here’s the latest stats as of the beginning of the week. I know the graph doesn’t copy perfectly but it shows the corn harvest is catching up to average. Now I don’t know how much corn was planted 5 or 10 years ago so being “almost done” with 2x the amount of corn on the landscape doens’t help much. But compared to last week(335) and the average (56) the corn is coming down.

Corn Harvested – Selected States
[These 18 States harvested 93% of the 2012 corn acreage]
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:               Week ending               :
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State     : November 3, : October 27, : November 3, :  2008-2012
:    2012     :    2013     :    2013     :   Average
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:                        percent
:

Minnesota ……:     100           48            73            72

North Dakota …:      97           33            47            56

South Dakota …:     100           49            63            65

fall mule deer survey

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s fall mule deer survey indicated production in 2013 was higher than in 2012.

Biologists counted 1,761 (1,224 in 2012) mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The buck-to-doe ratio of 0.46 (0.37 in 2012) is similar to the long-term average of 0.43 bucks per doe, while the fawn-to-doe ratio of 0.74 (0.59 in 2012) was the highest since 2009, but still below the long-term average of 0.91 fawns per doe.

Bruce Stillings, big game supervisor in Dickinson, said the combination of no antlerless harvest and milder winter conditions over much of mule deer range in 2011 and 2012 has provided conditions needed to begin mule deer population recovery in the badlands.

“In addition, substantial rainfall this spring provided much improved habitat conditions for fawning this year compared to 2012,” Stillings said.

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.

late winter arrival?

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On the way to church this morning seeing the lessser Canada’s hanging on open water around the first week of November my wife asked out of the blue, “could this mean a late winter?” The short answer is “who knows” but it did get me thinking that with the exception to the SW storm of early October we’re still in ‘fall’ 50s the last couple days (and windy!) but the ever unreliable 10 day forecast looks more like longer fall than early winter. So duck and goose hunters are still enjoying the slow, methodical migration of birds from Canada into North Dakota.

The farmers, hunters and hearty Dakotan’s wouldn’t mind it. Snowmobilers, ice fisherman and snow blower salesmen. They’d like winter NOW. They can wait :) enjoy your Sunday!

2013 deer season Q&A

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Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below.

 

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.

2013 CWD surveillance

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The State Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2013 hunting season, by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis from 13 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 eastern portion of the state will be tested from units 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F1, 2F2, 2G, 2G1, 2G2 and 2L. 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:

  • ·         Aneta – Aneta Meats Service
  • ·         Bottineau – Mattern Family Meats
  • ·         Cando – K&E Meats
  • ·         Carrington – Barton Meats
  • ·         Casselton – Casselton Cold Storage
  • ·         Devils Lake – Game and Fish Department
  • ·         Dunseith – Wayne’s Food Pride
  • ·         Edgeley – Edgeley Meat Processing Plant
  • ·         Enderlin – Maple Valley Lockers
  • ·         Fargo – J&K Taxidermy, Jer’s Wildlife Taxidermy
  • ·         Fordville – Dakota Prairie Wildlife Club
  • ·         Grand Forks – Bob’s Oil, Ted’s Taxidermy
  • ·         Great Bend – Manock Meats
  • ·         Gwinner – Stoppleworth Taxidermy
  • ·         Jamestown – Game and Fish Department, Real Look Taxidermy
  • ·         LaMoure – LaMoure Lockers
  • ·         Langdon – Hickory Hut
  • ·         Larimore – Glenn’s EZ Stop
  • ·         Milnor – Milnor Locker
  • ·         New Rockford – Risovi Taxidermy
  • ·         Oakes – Butcher Block
  • ·         Park River – Jim’s Super Value Inc.
  • ·         Reynolds – Weber’s Meats
  • ·         Rolette – The Meat Shack
  • ·         Sheyenne – Brenno Meats
  • ·         Valley City – Valley Meat Supply
  • ·         Wahpeton – J&R Taxidermy, Auto Value Parts Store
  • ·         Walhalla – Walhalla Co-op
  • ·         Wyndmere – Bridgemart Meats LLC

Drop off locations for deer taken from unit 3F2:

  • ·         Bismarck – Game and Fish Department, Call of the Wild Taxidermy, M&M Sausage and Meats, West Dakota Meats
  • ·         Elgin – Gunny’s Bait and Tackle, Melvin’s Taxidermy
  • ·         Glen Ullin – Kuntz’s Butcher Shop
  • ·         Hettinger – Dakota Packing
  • ·         Mandan – Butcher Block Meats
  • ·         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.