North Dakota’s 2014-16 fishing proclamation is set, with regulations effective April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2016. Anglers are reminded that new fishing licenses are required April 1.
Noteworthy regulation changes include:
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.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will host a bluebird and tree swallow educational workshop April 14 at the department’s main office in Bismarck. The 45-minute presentation is free and begins at 7 p.m.
Outreach supervisor Chris Grondahl said participants will learn about bluebird and tree swallow nest box placement, maintenance and biology. “Even though bluebirds require open spaces and cavities in dead or dying trees, nest boxes can help take the place of natural habitat where it is not available,” he said.
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.
North Dakota’s 2014 bighorn sheep, elk and moose proclamation is finalized and most season information is the same as last year.
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.
Outreach biologist Pat Lothspeich said the intent is to introduce youngsters to a positive shooting or hunting experience. “Hopefully this will increase the chance that young people will continue to participate in these activities in the future,” Lothspeich said.
State law requires permanent fish houses to be removed from North Dakota waters by midnight March 15.
Fish houses may be used after March 15 if they are removed daily.
In addition, it is illegal to leave fish houses on any federal refuge land or on any state-owned or managed land after March 15.
Undergraduate students with a major in wildlife management and/or fisheries biology are eligible to apply for a scholarship through the Ronald D. Liudahl Endowment.
Students must be a resident of North Dakota, have completed at least 30 semester credits in a fisheries and wildlife management program, indicate career objectives in wildlife resource protection and management in a brief essay or statement, and have a grade point average and extracurricular/volunteer activities commensurate with good academic standing and citizenship. The deadline for applying is April 1.
Anglers are reminded that North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season closes March 15.
Individuals who would still like to get out for the first time this year must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Registration is available through the department’s website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish Department office.
March 15 is also the deadline for anglers to remove permanent fish houses from state waters.
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.
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.
Adults and children looking to take a hunter education class in 2014 are reminded to enroll now as the majority of all classes are held by the end of May.