Harvest statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success during the 2015 season was 96 percent for moose and 69 percent for elk. The bighorn sheep hunting season was closed due to significant sheep mortality in 2014 caused by bacterial pneumonia.
The department issued 129 moose licenses last year. Of that total, hunters harvested 124 moose – 106 bulls and 18 cows/calves. One additional license was raffled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the hunter was successful in harvesting a moose. Harvest for each unit follows:
Boat owners purchasing watercraft from private individuals this winter are reminded to register it in their name with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
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.
The maximum grant allowed is $3,000. The program currently helps fund approximately 40 club and organizational events and projects, with an average grant of $1,250.
While the deadline for removing permanent fish houses from North Dakota lakes is March 15, the State Game and Fish Department is urging anglers to consider removing their houses early in areas of the state where ice conditions are deteriorating, especially in the southern and western portions.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual midwinter waterfowl survey in early January indicated a record 222,890 Canada geese in the state.
North Dakota’s National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament is March 18-19 at the North Dakota State Fair Center in Minot.
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.
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.
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.
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.