North Dakota hunters should expect similar to slightly higher numbers of sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge and ruffed grouse this hunting season compared to 2013. The season opens Sept. 13.
Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Sharptails, ruffed grouse and Huns each have a daily limit of three and a possession limit of 12.
Hunters, regardless of age, must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and general game and habitat license. In addition, hunters age 16 and older need a small game license.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is asking grouse hunters for help with bird management by simply collecting some feathers from harvested birds and sending in wing envelopes this fall.
Wing data allows biologists to monitor production, reconcile bird counts and get a better understanding of the harvest ratio of males to females, and juveniles to adults.
Instructions for submitting wing data are printed on the envelope.
The number of pheasant hunters and total birds taken were lower in 2013 than in 2012, according to statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Last year, more than 76,000 hunters (down 11 percent) harvested 447,000 roosters (down 27 percent). In 2012, nearly 86,000 hunters took 616,000 roosters.
Birds bagged per hunter decreased from 7.2 to 5.8, and each hunter spent an average of 4.8 days afield.
North Dakota’s dove season opens statewide Sept. 1, and hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting.
The daily limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season is open through Nov. 9.
All dove hunters must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and a general game and habitat license, regardless of age. In addition, hunters ages 16 and older need a small game license.
North Dakota’s swan lottery has been held and more than 300 licenses remain. Only hunters who do not have a swan license for the 2014 season can apply, as regulations limit hunters to one license per year.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program still has openings this Saturday in Grand Forks for Catfishing on the Red River.
Participants are instructed in catfish identification, tackle, gear, bait and techniques for catfish fishing on the Red River. A current fishing license is required. Cost for the workshop is $50.
No lodging is available for the catfishing workshop. All equipment will be provided.
North Dakota’s pronghorn lottery has been held and individual results are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.
A total of 250 licenses were available in unit 4A, the extreme southwestern corner of the state. Nearly 6,000 applications, including 74 gratis, were received.
State Game and Fish Department employee Gene Van Eeckhout, and the late Dean Hildebrand, former agency director, were recent inductees into the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame.
Van Eeckhout, southeast district fisheries supervisor and 38-year veteran of the Department, was cited for his unselfish dedication to his job and community.
“It is truly special to be recognized with this group of people,” Van Eeckhout said. “I have known or had the pleasure of working with 18 out of the 23 who are in the Hall of Fame.”
Hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on all state owned or managed wildlife management areas, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, U.S. Forest Service national grasslands, and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands.
The governor’s proclamation relating to chronic wasting disease also includes a provision that prohibits hunting big game over bait on both public and private land in deer unit 3C west of the Missouri River, and all of units 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2.
North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 3,805 licenses available to hunters, 215 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. 22 from Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors. The deadline for applying is Sept. 3.
The North Dakota Community Action Sportsmen Against Hunger program is again accepting donations of goose meat taken during the early Canada goose season. However, Canada geese can only be accepted through Aug. 31.
Similar to last year, hunters can bring in their goose meat to participating processors. However, hunters must remove the breast meat from the birds before processors can accept them.
North Dakota’s deer archery season opens Friday, Aug. 29 at noon, and bowhunters are reminded that deer bow licenses and accompanying tags are only available through electronic purchase.