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North Dakota Game and Fish Department officials will host three public meetings this month to discuss the status of the state’s mountain lion population.

Results of a two-phase research project and biological findings from animals harvested over the last decade show the population has steadily declined over the past several years.


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled an examination to select candidates for the position of district game warden. The test is at 10 a.m., March 18, at the department's main office in Bismarck.


North Dakota’s spring light goose season opens Feb. 20 and continues through May 15.


Ice anglers in southwestern North Dakota should note that Raleigh Reservoir in Grant County is undergoing a chemical renovation this week and will no longer have live fish throughout the rest of winter and into spring.

The under-ice chemical application of rotenone is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, to eliminate an overabundance of northern pike that have taken over the lake since first discovered in 2009.


All individuals, regardless of age, who participate in darkhouse spearfishing are reminded to register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department prior to participating.

Free registration is available at the department’s website,, or through any Game and Fish Department office.

North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season closes March 15. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species.


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 March 18 at 10 a.m., at the department's main office in Bismarck.


The state Game and Fish Department’s annual Earth Day awareness campaign is accepting entries for design of a 2016 Earth Day patch. North Dakota students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is March 15.


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 5,815 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, the same as last year.

Five of the 22 hunting units have slightly more spring licenses than in 2015, two have fewer and 15 remain the same. Unit 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed in 2016 due to lack of turkeys in the unit.


Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2016 are reminded to register early as most classes are held the first few months of the calendar year.

To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is informing landowners about a series of Conservation Reserve Program workshops hosted by Pheasants Forever. These workshops are intended for landowners interested in learning more about the CRP general signup, which began on Dec.

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 State Game and Fish Department may have some program options that could help North Dakota landowners who want to enroll land in the federal Conservation Reserve Program.


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