Jackie Lundstrom, Department enforcement division operations supervisor, with a dandy whitetail buck shot by poachers in Burleigh County.

2018 Enforcement Division Review

Authors and Contributors

Ron Wilson

Editor’s Note: For years, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reported a summary of violations in the January issue of North Dakota OUTDOORS. Because the summary was based on the agency’s fiscal year, some of the statistics were more than a year old when finally published.

Times change.

Today, and for the last several years, everyone in the Department’s enforcement division, from game wardens in the field to those in the agency’s headquarters in Bismarck, can immediately retrieve the information they need.

While the goal of a contemporary records system is to assist in improving overall enforcement operations, providing a summary of violations for the calendar year that just ended is also a benefit to readers.

Big Game
Hunting in closed season 3
Failure to wear fluorescent orange 10
Tagging violations 21
CWD violations 10
Killing wrong species or sex 7
Other big game violations 6
Total 57
Small Game
Using gun able to hold more than 3 shells 60
Hunting in closed season 3
Illegal possession/taking 5
Exceeding limit 17
Failure to leave identification or sex of game 56
Killing wrong sex or species 9
Nontoxic shot violation 9
Failure to carry federal waterfowl stamp 8
Wanton waste 6
Hunting in unharvested field 15
Other small game violations 54
Total 242
Boating
Use of unlicensed or unnumbered boat 52
Failure to display boat registration 58
Operating without lights at night 35
Inadequate number of PFDs 214
Water skiing violations 16
Reckless or negligent operation 4
Operating vessel under influence/intoxicated 9
Other boating violations 57
Total 445
Fishing
Fishing with excessive lines 78
Exceeding limit 187
Fishing in closed/restricted area 15
Failure to attend lines 29
Use of illegal live baitfish 16
ANS violation 86
Paddlefish violations 9
Other fishing violations 67
Total 487
Furbearer
Shining (using artificial light) 8
Illegal possession/taking 6
Harassing furbearers with motor vehicle 1
Other furbearer violations 19
Total 34
General
Use of motor vehicle off established trail 4
Use of motor vehicle in restricted area 34
Hunting on posted land without permission 54
Hunting before/after legal hours 34
Wanton waste 2
Aid in concealment of unlawful game 2
Hunting in wrong unit/closed area 5
Loaded firearm in motor vehicle 60
Discharge of firearm within/on motor vehicle 7
440 yard violation 10
Littering 42
Other general violations 9
Total 263
Licensing
Failure to sign/affix stamp 7
Hunting/fishing/trapping without proper license 219
Failure to carry license on person 347
Misrepresentation on license or application 9
Other licensing violations 12
Total 594
Wildlife Management Areas/Refuge
Failure to obey posted regulations 50
Tree stand violations 7
Possession of glass beverage containers 21
Baiting on WMA 1
Prohibited uses of motor vehicles 4
Other WMA/refuge violations 5
Total 88
Miscellaneous
Possession of controlled substance 25
Possession of drug paraphernalia 20
Open container 21
Minor in possession 48
Criminal trespass 27
Other miscellaneous 66
Total 180
Commercial
Commercial violations 13
Total 13

Incidents 2018 – Top 10 Counties

(An incident is defined as any situation that requires a response from a game warden. It does not have to be a crime. The situation could be, for example, a stranded angler.)

  • Ramsey – 223
  • McKenzie – 213
  • Burleigh – 196
  • Williams – 188
  • McLean – 160
  • Cass – 147
  • Richland – 141
  • Ward – 131
  • Stutsman – 110
  • Morton – 110

Citations 2018 – Top 10 Counties

  • Ramsey – 343
  • Williams – 227
  • McKenzie – 202
  • Burleigh – 107
  • Stutsman – 94
  • Benson – 90
  • McLean – 79
  • Richland – 78
  • Mountrail – 64
  • Morton – 62
Department district game warden, checks fishing licenses

Erik Schmidt, Department district game warden stationed in Linton, checks fishing licenses on Dry Lake in McIntosh County.