Twenty-five years ago, 5 years of drought were broken by the wettest July in recent history. In this week's webcast Director Terry Steinwand takes a look back at those years and the impacts of the drought and the rains on North Dakota's fish and wildlife.
Join us for fishing, archery, educational booths and more at the Conservation and Outdoor Skills Park during the North Dakota State Fair. The park is located near the north central edge of the fairgrounds and will be open every day from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. during the State Fair. All activities are free. Learn more in this week's webcast.
The State Fair runs July 20 through July 28.
lcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. Operation Dry Water is a national campaign that seeks to heighten awareness of the dangers of boating while drinking. This year it will run from June 29 through July 1. Learn more in this week's webcast.
This year’s breeding duck surveys have been completed. 2018 is the second year in a row breeding duck counts have been below 3 million since the early 1990s. Learn more in this week’s webcast.
There are over 220 wildlife management areas in North Dakota. WMAs are used for many recreational activities including fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife watching and more, however their primary purpose is to support wildlife. Spring is a busy time for Department employees on the WMAs. Staff plant food plots, grass, trees and shrubs, start grazing rotations, spray noxious weeds and much more. Learn more in this week's webcast.
Boating season is in full swing. Watch this week's webcast for information on staying safe on the water this summer.
Lowhead dams, some from the late 1800s, can be found across North Dakota. These simple concrete or rock masonry dams were built for various reasons including town water supplies, irrigation, livestock use and recreation. The problem with these dams is that the water flowing over them can cause strong recirculating currents on the downstream side which can trap and drown people. Learn more about these dams and what can be done to mitigate their danger in this week’s webcast.
Applications for the 2018 deer gun season are now available. Apply online at https://gf.nd.gov/buy-apply. The application deadline is June 6. Learn more in this week's webcast.
A number of walleye and northern pike fisheries across the state lack the ability to sustain themselves through natural reproduction. They either lack suitable spawning habitat or have salinity levels that are too high for eggs to successfully hatch. To maintain populations in these important fisheries eggs are collected each spring to be raised in the Garrison Dam and Valley City National Fish Hatcheries then used to restock walleye and northern pike fisheries.