North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 3,655 licenses available to hunters,150 fewer than last year.
Prospective hunters, including gratis applicants, can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Paper applications will be available by Aug. 21 from Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors. The deadline for applying is Sept. 2
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2015 is now available online at the Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, PLOTS Guides will be available at most license vendors throughout the state in early September.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s public hearing to address proposed amendments relating to aquatic nuisance species, originally set for Sept. 9, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 1:15 p.m., at the agency’s main office in Bismarck.
In addition, a public hearing to implement statutes for an elk license raffle for Annie’s House at Bottineau Winter Park, enacted by the most recent North Dakota Legislative Assembly, is also scheduled for the same time and place.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, local wildlife clubs and other sponsors will usher youngsters into fall during the annual Youth Outdoor Festival in Minot.
The event is Thursday, Sept. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Game and Fish Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park on the grounds of the North Dakota State Fair.
Young outdoor enthusiasts will experience a number of activities, including archery, fishing, waterfowl and upland game. Prizes will be awarded and food is provided.
The North Dakota Community Action Sportsmen Against Hunger program is accepting donations of goose meat taken during the early Canada goose season. In addition, the program will accept Canada and light (snow, blue and Ross’s) goose donations during the regular waterfowl season.
Harvest Information Program registration for all migratory game bird hunters, regardless of age, and a federal duck stamp for waterfowl hunters age 16 and older, are required beginning Sept. 1.
Migratory game birds include ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves and woodcock. Waterfowl includes ducks, geese, swans, mergansers and coots.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is implementing two new emergency rules designed to prevent the spread of zebra mussels outside the Red River.
Big game hunters are reminded of requirements for transporting deer, elk and moose carcasses and carcass parts into and within North Dakota as a precaution against the possible spread of chronic wasting disease.
This year’s 2015-16 federal duck stamp is now available for electronic purchase by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.
In addition, license vendors that are registered with the Game and Fish Department’s licensing system can sell the electronic duck stamp, as does the department’s instant licensing telephone number, 800-406-6409. Physical stamps are not available at North Dakota license vendors this year, but they can still be purchased at many U.S. Postal Service offices.
North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held and individual results are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.
More than 1,400 antlerless deer gun licenses remain. Only resident applicants who were unsuccessful in the first lottery can apply for remaining licenses.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled an examination to select candidates for the position of game warden pilot. The test is scheduled for Aug. 21 at 10 a.m., at the department's main office in Bismarck.
Applicants must register to take the exam no later than Aug. 19, by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website.
North Dakota’s early Canada goose season is set, and bag limits and licensing requirements are the same as last year.
The season will open Aug. 15 and continue through Sept. 15, except in the Missouri River Zone where the season ends Sept. 7. The early Canada goose season has a limit of 15 daily and 45 in possession.
Limits and shooting hours for the early season are different from the regular season. Shooting hours during the early season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset daily.