The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says its 2016 deer bow licenses and tags will be available online and at license vendors around the state starting on June 2. For a list of retail license vendors that will have this year’s bow licenses available, click here.
An archery education field day is scheduled Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Nishu Bowmen Archery Complex in Bismarck.
An archery training voucher that is obtained online is required to participate in the field day. Successful completion of the online course and outdoor field day qualifies archers for a North Dakota bow hunter education certificate.
A rancher south of Alexander in McKenzie County shot and killed a wolverine in late April that was harassing livestock.
Boat owners are reminded that children ages 12-15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft alone this summer must first take the state’s boating basics course.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding parents to capture their little angler’s first catch on a specially designed First Fish certificate.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is closing the state's 2016 regular paddlefish snagging season, effective at 9 p.m. Central Daylight Time, on Monday, May 9. Snaggers are reminded that Sunday and Monday are snag-and-release only.
The 2016-18 fishing proclamation allows for the Game and Fish director to close the snagging season early if it appears the harvest will exceed 1,000 paddlefish.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently stocked more than 40 local fisheries with catchable trout, catfish and pike.
North Dakota’s 2016 deer season is set with 49,000 licenses available to hunters this fall, 5,725 more than last year.
Jeb Williams, wildlife chief for the State Game and Fish Department, said population and harvest data indicate the state’s deer population is stable to increasing, primarily due to seven years of reduced gun licenses combined with mild winters.
“Consequently, a small increase in deer licenses will provide increased hunting opportunities while continuing to encourage population growth,” Williams said. “Most of the additional licenses are for antlered deer.”
North Dakota’s moose and elk lottery results are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.
Applicants can find individual results by clicking “find lottery results/preference points” under the buy and apply link.
Successful applicants will receive a letter the week of May 2, stating the license will be mailed after the successful applicant submits the correct license fee.
Hunter success during last fall’s pronghorn hunting season was 81 percent, according to statistics provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
The season was held in units 3-B, 4-A and 4-C. Game and Fish issued 409 licenses (266 lottery and 143 gratis), and 385 hunters took 312 pronghorn, consisting of 286 bucks, 15 does and 11 fawns. Each hunter spent an average of 2.4 days afield.
The 2016 pronghorn hunting season will be determined in early July.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April, and results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population has increased 21 percent from last year.
The State Game and Fish Department is asking for help in locating bald eagle nests in North Dakota.