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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. NDGF wildlife division assistant chief Casey Anderson talks about the 2015 spring turkey season.   Click here to Watch!   Learn more about turkey hunting in North Dakota here  or here http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/smallupland/turkey

2015 NASP tournament

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North Dakota’s National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament is moving to a new venue to accommodate a growing number of participants.

NASP state coordinator Jeff Long said he expects more than 500 students to participate in this year’s state tournament, scheduled forMarch 21-22 at the All Seasons Arena in Minot.

“This event continues to grow each year,” Long said. “The All Seasons Arena in Minot is an ideal location to host the tourney.”

Long said only schools offering NASP lessons during school hours as part of their standard curriculum are eligible to participate in the state tournament. Schools that don’t meet this requirement are encouraged to contact Long to get the program started.

Schools enter teams and individuals in the following grade level divisions: elementary (4-5), middle (6-8), and high school (9-12). Teams must have 12-24 members, with a minimum of four from each gender. If smaller schools wish to form a team, archers may participate up one grade division for team competition, but they would compete individually in their appropriate age category.

Recognition is given to the top placing team in each division, the top five males and females in each division, and the top scoring male and female regardless of division. Top scoring individuals are given early registration and receive priority in flights for the national tournament held in Louisville, Ky.

For more information regarding the tournament, schools should contact Long by email at ndgf@nd.gov, or call 701-328-6615. To learn more, visit the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov.

 

coyote catalog

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The Coyote Catalog, a statewide effort connecting coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who want fewer coyotes in their areas, has been reopened by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

“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.”

This past season, 74 landowners signed up for the Coyote Catalog, a more than 50 percent increase over the previous year. Nearly 900 hunters and trappers also signed up.

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.

“This can be a good way for hunters and trappers to locate new places to go,” said Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand. “We’ve also had some positive feedback from landowners as well.”

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, gf.nd.gov.

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

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, 2015.

For more information, contact Stephanie Tucker, NDGF, at 701-220-1871; satucker@nd.gov; or Jamie Good, NDDA, at 701-328-2233 orjgood@nd.gov.

non-resident any deer bow licenses

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 202 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2015.

The deadline for applying is March 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.

The nonresident any-deer bow application is available at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. The application must be printed and sent in to the department.

The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation. The Game and Fish Department issued 1,350 antlered mule deer licenses in the 2014 deer gun license lottery.

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This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. NDGF big game biologist Jason Smith talks about an ongoing moose study.   Click here to Watch!  To learn more about moose in North Dakota click here http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/big-game/moose


watchable wildlife checkoff

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North Dakota citizens with an interest in supporting wildlife conservation programs are reminded to look for the Watchable Wildlife checkoff on the state tax form.

The state income tax form gives wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to support nongame wildlife like songbirds and birds of prey, while at the same time contributing to programs that help everyone enjoy all wildlife.

The checkoff – whether you are receiving a refund or having to pay in – is an easy way to voluntarily contribute to sustain this long‑standing program. In addition, direct donations to the program are accepted any time of year.

To learn more about Watchable Wildlife program activities, visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov.

 

Earth Day patch contest

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The state Game and Fish Department’s annual Earth Day awareness campaign is accepting entries for design of a 2015 Earth Day patch. North Dakota students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is March 15.

The Game and Fish Department will announce a winner in three age categories – 6-9, 10-13, and 14-18. Each winner will receive a pair of 8×42 binoculars. The final patch design will be chosen from the three winners.

The winning design will be used on a patch given to members of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H clubs and any school participating in Earth Day cleanup projects on state-owned or managed lands in North Dakota in April and May.

The patch should incorporate some aspect of Earth Day – celebrated April 22 – or keeping North Dakota clean. It must be round and three inches in diameter. There is a limit of five colors on the patch, and lettering must be printed. Name, address, age and phone number of the contestant must be clearly printed on the entry form. Only one entry per person is allowed.

Earth Day contest rules and entry forms are available on the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. For more information, contact Pat Lothspeich by email at ndgf@nd.gov, or call701-328-6332.

 

winter creel survey

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has initiated a winter creel survey in the south central part of the state to learn who is fishing and what they’re catching.

 

“Our guys will be hitting various small district lakes scattered throughout south central North Dakota, primarily in Logan and McIntosh counties and northern Kidder County, where you find clusters of lakes,” said Scott Gangl, department fisheries management section leader.

 

This region-specific creel survey is a joint effort between the department’s south central and southeastern fisheries districts. The survey could last for several weeks, running into March.

 

“What we’re after is the size, catch rates, species and the quality of the fishing experience,” Gangl said. “We want to know how far people have traveled to get to a lake and does the distance they’ve traveled influence the size of fish they are harvesting.”

 

Creel clerks will work mostly on weekends. Anglers who agree to be interviewed will be asked a series of questions, and the clerks will measure harvested fish. Once the interview is completed, anglers will be given an orange card to complete when they quit fishing for the day.

 

Boxes will be placed at access points for anglers to quickly drop off their cards when leaving the late. There is no need to stop at a box unless you are returning a card.

non-resident any deer bow licenses

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 202 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2015.

The deadline for applying is March 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.

The nonresident any-deer bow application is available at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. The application must be printed and sent in to the department.

The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation. The Game and Fish Department issued 1,350 antlered mule deer licenses in the 2014 deer gun license lottery.

tracking legislation

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will once again track hunting and fishing issues during the 2015 legislative session.

Interested outdoor enthusiasts can follow proposed outdoors-related bills by logging onto the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.

A brief description of each bill will be included, along with the bill sponsor and hearing schedule. To view each bill in its entirety, click on the hot-linked bill number.

 

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