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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2021 is now available online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, the free printed PLOTS guides will be available late August at most license vendors and other locations throughout the state.

The guide will feature nearly 800,000 PLOTS acres. Because the guide is printed in mid-August…

North Dakota’s 2020 pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge harvests were up from 2019, according to statistics compiled by the state Game and Fish Department.

Upland game biologist RJ Gross said the overall harvest was likely because of increased production of upland birds and favorable weather conditions for hunters.

“The increases are largely due to a larger…

Migratory bird hunters of all ages need to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves and woodcock. Hunters must register in each state for which they are licensed to hunt.

Hunters can HIP certify when purchasing a license by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. In…

The deadline to apply for the 2021 pronghorn hunting season is Aug. 11.

Applicants can apply online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.

The pronghorn license fee is $30 for 16 and older, and $10 for under 16.

Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.

The deadline to submit a swan application is Aug. 11.

Applicants must submit an online application through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.

North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. The resident swan license is $10, while the nonresident fee is $30.

State Game and Fish Department biologists expect a fall flight of ducks in North Dakota this fall that will be unfamiliar to many hunters.

Mike Szymanski, Department migratory game bird management supervisor, said based on observations from the annual mid-July duck production survey, the 2021 fall flight is anticipated to be down 36% from last year, and similar to the 1970, 1979 and…

North Dakota’s early Canada goose season dates are set, with bag limits and licensing requirements the same as last year.

Opening day is Aug. 15 in all three zones. Closing dates are Sept. 7 in the Missouri River zone, Sept. 15 in the western zone and Sept. 22 in the eastern zone.

Early Canada goose limits are 15 daily and 45 in possession.

Limits and shooting hours are…

North Dakota’s 2021 small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations are set, and most season structures are similar to last year.

Noteworthy items include:

Opening day for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers for North Dakota residents is Sept. 25. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Oct. 2. The prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons remain closed due to low…

Hunters interested in applying for a 2021 swan license can submit an online application through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.

North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. The resident swan license is $10, while the nonresident fee is $30. The deadline for applying is Aug. 11.

The statewide tundra swan hunting season opens Oct…

North Dakota’s 2021 pronghorn hunting season is set, with 1,720 licenses available in 15 open units.

Applicants can apply online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 11.

Bruce Stillings, big game management supervisor for the Game and Fish Department, said license numbers are down slightly from last…

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is a co-sponsor for an annual Kids Fishing Camp at Devils Lake Aug. 8-12.

Hosted by the Devils Lake Park Board at Lakewood Bible Camp, the camp is open to all youngsters ages 8-13 years old. Game and Fish volunteers from the Lure ‘em for Life fish club will provide classroom instruction and boats to help campers enjoy a week of learning about…

Educators, do you need additional professional development credits? If the answer is yes, Habitats of North Dakota is offering five online-only courses through North Dakota State University.

Select one or all Wetlands, Badlands, Riparian, Woodlands and Prairie habitats, with each one credit. Work at your own pace and develop a list of concepts and a lesson plan that will implement the…

The next guide and outfitter written examination is Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department office in Bismarck. Preregistration is required no later than Sept. 3 by calling the Department’s enforcement office at 701-328-6604.

In addition to passing a written exam, qualifications for becoming a guide include a background check for criminal and game and fish…

More than 6,000 antlerless deer licenses are still available in 18 units for North Dakota’s 2021 deer gun season. These licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning July 28 at 8 a.m. Central Time. Residents and nonresidents who have not already received a lottery or landowner license are eligible to apply online by visiting the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.

Individuals interested in taking the district game warden exam scheduled for July 16 are reminded to register no later than July 14 by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website.

The test is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the department's main office in Bismarck.

Applicants must be at least 21, have either a bachelor’s degree at time of hire…

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds bow hunters to plan accordingly and allow for time to receive their bow tag in the mail as hunters will not receive their tag immediately after purchase.

Bow licenses can still be purchased at license vendors, but this year the tag will arrive by postal mail, not over the counter while the customer waits. This applies while purchasing a…

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 completed 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 a…

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Twin Lakes, LaMoure County, after a local cabin owner reported adult mussels attached to a floating log over the weekend.

Aquatic nuisance species coordinator Ben Holen said subsequent follow-up sampling found a few other zebra mussels attached to woody debris. In addition, Game and Fish…

North Dakota’s spring pheasant population index is about the same as last year, according to the state Game and Fish Department’s 2021 spring crowing count survey.

R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist, said the number of roosters heard crowing this spring was up about 3% statewide.

“The statewide number might be a bit misleading since we are notably down in the…

Photographers who are interested in sending photos for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest are reminded to follow the guidelines for submitting their work.

Photographers should go to the Game and Fish Department’s website at gf.nd.gov/photo-contest. Then it is a matter of providing some pertinent information about the photo and uploading it. …