The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 281 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2016.
The deadline for applying is March 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.
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.
North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded that the Missouri River zone Canada goose season closes at 2 p.m. Jan. 1, and the high plains duck and statewide light goose seasons continue on through Jan. 3.
Archery deer, fall turkey, sharp-tailed and ruffed grouse, partridge, pheasant and tree squirrel hunting seasons also continue through Jan. 3, 2016.
More information on the Missouri River zone and high plains duck unit boundaries is available at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov.
Blake Riewer, North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game warden stationed in Grand Forks, is the state’s 2015 Wildlife Officer of the Year. Riewer was honored recently by the Shikar-Safari Club International, a private conservation organization that annually recognizes outstanding wildlife officers in each state.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand recently honored a number of employees with performance-based awards. Steinwand presented the following awards at the department’s annual staff meeting Dec. 10.
Dan Halstead, wildlife resource management supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Riverdale, received the agency’s Director’s Award for professional excellence during the Department’s annual meeting Dec. 10 in Bismarck.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will hold a public hearing to address proposed rule changes to North Dakota Administrative Code Title 30. The hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the agency’s main office in Bismarck.
The purpose and explanation of the proposed rule change is as follows:
The Coyote Catalog, a statewide effort designed to connect coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who are dealing with coyotes in their areas, is open for the winter.
Winter anglers are reminded that any fish house left unoccupied on North Dakota waters must be made out of materials that will allow it to float.
A popular question this time of year is if campers qualify as legal fish houses. The answer is the same for any structure taken on the ice – if it’s left unattended, it must be able to float; if it’s not able to float, it must be removed when the angler leaves the ice.
Other fish house regulations include:
Mountain lion hunting during the late season in Zone 1 is closed immediately. The zone’s late-season quota of seven was filled after the final cat was taken today.
Two Bismarck anglers were rescued from a Kidder County lake last night, after they couldn’t get back to shore because the ice had heaved and melted away from the shoreline.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game warden Greg Hastings, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service warden Ben Cleghorn, and Stutsman County sheriff’s deputy Damian Hoyt used an air boat to reach the stranded anglers and transport them back to shore.
North Dakota anglers are encouraged to refer to the 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide or the State Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations.
In addition, anglers can visit the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, for an extensive list of fishing questions and answers.
Some winter fishing regulations include: