Volunteers

In a typical year over 5,000 students will take a hunter education class in North Dakota. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department relies heavily on volunteers to teach these required hunter education classes as well as other classes like trapper education and Hooked on Fishing. Learn more about the Department’s volunteer program in this week’s webcast.

Ice Safety

While ice fishing can be a rewarding way to spend your free time during a long North Dakota winter, it can also be a risky activity. Watch this week’s webcast for tips on staying safe on the ice.

Darkhouse Spearfishing

The 2017 darkhouse spearfishing season opens December 1. Darkhouse spearfishing for northern pike is allowed on most lakes in the state from December 1 – March 15 each year. A fishing license and darkhouse spearfishing registration are required prior to fishing.  Learn more in this week’s webcast.

Deer Rut

Over eons, deer have evolved to increase their testosterone production based upon photoperiod. The shortening of days triggers chemical changes in the brain of male deer which in turn cause the production of testosterone. This helps prepare bucks for the mating season. The peak of rut in North Dakota is around November 6 for white-tailed deer and November 18  for mule deer. This timing allows fawns to be born in early June when food is most nutritious for their nursing mothers.

Hunting Surveys

Many of you will be receiving hunting survey’s from the Department this fall. Information gathered from these surveys plays a critical role in determining harvest limits for the next year. Learn more in this week’s webcast.