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The next guide and outfitter written examination is June 20 at 1 p.m. at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department office in Bismarck.

Preregistration is required by calling the Game and Fish Department’s enforcement office at 328-6604. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

The lowest three-quarters of a mile of Channel A as it enters Devils Lake is closed to fishing effective immediately due to safety concerns as U.S. Highway 2 is under construction west of Devils Lake.

This area is closed to both shore and boat fishing, and includes where Channel A crosses Highway 2 and the train bridges. “Closed to Fishing” signs will be…

Little brown bats found dead in western North Dakota died of white-nose syndrome.

In early May, the Southwest District Health Unit in Dickinson contacted the North Dakota Game and Fish Department with reports of dead bats found in Medora. Six were submitted to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisc. for analysis.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will remove the open fire ban on the Oahe Wildlife Management Area on Friday, May 22.

However, this area will still fall under burn restrictions implemented by Morton, Burleigh and Emmons counties, which only allows open fires, including campfires, when the fire danger rating is low or moderate. The burn ban is in effect when the rating is very…

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., Thursday, June 18 at the agency’s main office in Bismarck.

The purpose and explanation of the proposed rule changes are as follows:

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has one online hunter education class remaining for students to enroll in and complete prior to the deer gun application deadline. However, students must complete the class no later than May 29.

The online hunter education course is for students who will turn at least age 12 on or before Dec. 31, 2020. A 25% discount…

Individuals interested in taking the exam to select candidates for district game warden must register no later than May 27. The test is at 10 a.m., May 29, at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's main office in Bismarck.

Applicants must register to take the exam by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website.…

A safe boating public awareness campaign held annually in May serves as a good reminder for boaters heading into summer.

A boat should have enough life jackets on board for all passengers. North Dakota law requires all children ages 10 and younger to wear a personal flotation device while in boats of less than 27 feet in length. The law also requires all…

Habitats of North Dakota, a workshop for teachers, environmental educators and anyone who works with youth, will be offered online June 30 to July 17.

Instructor Sherry Niesar said the program features new material using inquiry and project-based learning.

“The materials presented will align with the North Dakota Envirothon…

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., Thursday, June 18 at the agency’s main office in Bismarck.

The purpose and explanation of the proposed rule changes are as follows:

Chapter 30-02-02. Section 30-02-02-02.…

Students interested in getting hunter education certified prior to the deer gun application deadline will want to sign up now through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website.

The online hunter education course is for students who will turn at least age 12 on or before Dec. 31, 2020. A 25% discount is being offered for taking the online course.

After signing up for…

North Dakota Game and Fish Department officials are looking for information in connection to a moose poaching case earlier this spring in the northeastern part of the state.

Five adult moose – three cows and two bulls – were shot and killed sometime around April 25 through April 30 about 6 miles southwest of Dunseith. According to law enforcement, one of the adult…

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department does not intend to revoke any fishing tournament permits for the remainder of this year, unless the coronavirus pandemic warrants such a decision.

Fisheries chief Greg Power said a letter was sent to all tournament sponsors with strong public safety recommendations, including physical distancing guidelines, for those…

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April, and results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population is up 7% from last year and 22% above the long-term average.

Biologists counted 2,364 mule deer in 267.3 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in the badlands was 8.8 deer…

North Dakota’s 2020 deer season is set, with 69,050 licenses available to hunters, 3,550 more than last year.

In total, any-antlered licenses increased by 1,500 from last year, any-antlerless by 1,600, antlered whitetail by 250, antlerless whitetail by 200, and antlered and antlerless mule deer licenses remained the same.

In addition, muzzleloader licenses increased by 70 and…

The North Dakota Legislative Interim – Natural Resources Committee is having a one-hour livestream meeting Monday, May 11 at 12 p.m. Central Time to discuss the land access pilot study that will be tested this fall in Richland, Ramsey and Slope counties.

Agenda items include consideration of the online land access application and related…

A one-week paddlefish snag-and-release season will be open May 15-21 for anglers who hold a valid fishing license, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department announced today. However, if conditions warrant, Game and Fish may close the season with a 24-hour notice. 

Game and Fish announced April 3 that the annual paddlefish snagging harvest season, which was scheduled to open May 1, was…

Regardless of how safe and cautious boaters are on the water, accidents happen. If a boating accident involves injury, death or disappearance of a person, an accident report must be filled out and sent to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department within 48 hours of the occurrence.

If property damage exceeds $2,000, but no deaths or injuries occur, a boat operator has five days to file…

The guide and outfitter exam scheduled for May 9 at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's main office in Bismarck has been canceled.

The next exam will be rescheduled at a later date. 

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering an online hunter education course for students who will turn at least age 12 on or before Dec. 31, 2020.

Education supervisor Marty Egeland said with most in-person hunter education classes canceled this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, Game and Fish needed to find a way to get students certified…