The Department manages 226 wildlife management areas in North Dakota. While the primary purpose of these lands is to provide wildlife habitat, they also provide hunting, wildlife viewing and, in some cases, camping and/or fishing opportunities. Find out more about the state's WMAs in this week's webcast.
The podcasts listed here are derived primarily from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department weekly webcasts which feature Department news, people and projects, hunting and fishing previews and more.
This summer the Department is again using watercraft inspections at boat ramps across the state to help educate boaters on how to avoid spreading aquatic nuisance species. Learn more in this week's webcast.
To some, the prairies of North Dakota may appear homogeneous with little variation or depth, but they are actually highly diverse and support many species of plants and animals, each with its own unique requirements for survival. Learn more about the prairies and the grassland management techniques used to keep them healthy in this week's webcast.
It isn't uncommon to stumble across a lone baby animal this time of year. So what should you do if you encounter what might appear to be orphaned wildlife? Find out in this week's webcast.
Each year the Department conducts a spring breeding duck survey to help track duck population trends. Find out more in this week's webcast.
With boating season is in full swing, there are a lot of boats on the water. Watch this week's webcast for some boating safety regulations and tips.
Watch this week's webcast for a preview of the 2020 deer gun lottery.
Each spring fisheries staff gather walleye eggs to be hatched and reared at the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery. In June, those young fish will be stocked into waters across the state. Learn more in this week's webcast.
Are you looking for something fun to do outdoors with the family or solo? Try bird watching! It is migration season in North Dakota with many species of birds moving into and through the state for the summer months. It is a great time to get outside, enjoy the mild weather and see a wide variety of bird species. Learn more in this week's webcast.
Today's webcast is the last of this season's open water fishing previews. This preview covers Devils Lake, the Red River and the northeast district lakes.
New licenses for the 2020-21 fishing season are required starting April 1. There are some new fishing regulations this season. Learn more in this week’s webcast with Fisheries Division Chief Greg Power.
This is the first of our spring open water fishing previews. Today's webcast covers the south central and northwest district lakes along with Lake Oahe and the southern portions of the Missouri River.
This is the second of our spring open water fishing previews. Today's webcast covers the southwest district lakes and Lake Sakakawea.
The lottery application deadline for the moose, elk and bighorn sheep lotteries is March 25. Find out more in this week's webcast with Wildlife Division Chief Jeb Williams.
The National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament is just around the corner. Learn more about this growing sports program in this week’s webcast.
Spring is edging closer, and the 2019-2020 ice fishing season is coming to a close. Find out how the season went in this week's webcast with Fisheries Division Chief Greg Power.
The spring light goose conservation order begins this coming Saturday, and while birds are not yet in the state, now is a good time to start planning your hunt. Learn more in this week's webcast.
Winter this year has been a mixed bag in North Dakota with parts of the state well covered in snow while other areas have received relatively little. So how are wildlife faring? Find out in this week's webcast.
In this week's webcast Chief Game Warden Robert Timian reviews the top game and fish violations of the past year.
The Conservation Reserve Program got its start with the 1985 Farm Bill. The program is geared toward water quality improvement, soil erosion prevention and increasing wildlife habitat. The program is accepting enrollment applications currently. This general signup period will continue to February 28, 2020. Learn more about the CRP program in this week’s webcast.
Spring turkey lottery applications are available online (application deadline February 12). Find out how the turkey populations are doing and what to expect from the coming season's hunt in this week's webcast.
Have you always wanted to try ice fishing but wished you had some advice on how to get started? In this week's webcast we'll give you some ice fishing pointers to help you out.
In this week's webcast, Wildlife Division Chief Jeb Williams reflects on the 2019 fall hunting seasons.
Each year a random selection of hunters are sent surveys inquiring about their hunting efforts and outcomes. Data from these surveys is used to estimate the year's harvest and is also used by Department biologists, in conjunction with other data, to help make game management decisions. Learn more in this week's webcast.
It’s that time of year to reflect on the highlights and challenges of 2019 and to look at the possibilities of 2020. Join us for this week's webcast with Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand.
Find out how North Dakota's furbearer seasons are going this year in this week's webcast with furbearer biologist Stephanie Tucker.
This week’s webcast is the first in our 2019 two-part ice fishing preview series. This week’s segment covers the south central, southeast, and northeast fisheries districts and Devils Lake system.
With the wet fall there are some special considerations hunters need to be aware of as the temperatures drop and North Dakota's waters begin to freeze. Learn more in this week's webcast with Hunter Education Coordinator John Mazur.
In this weeks's webcast, Chief Game Warden Robert Timian talks about some of the enforcement issues game wardens encounter during deer gun season.
Deer gun season is almost upon us. What can hunters expect in the field this year? Find out in this week's webcast with Wildlife Division Chief Jeb Williams.
In this week's webcast ANS specialist Jessica Howell gives an update on the status of aquatic nuisance species in the state.
Fisheries staff are busy with salmon spawning this month. Learn more in this week's webcast with Fisheries Biologist Russ Kinzler.
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal disease of deer, moose and elk that can cause long-term population declines if left unchecked. CWD has been found in a limited number of animals in Grant and Sioux counties since 2009. More recently, it was found in Divide and Williams counties. The number of animals infected in these counties is currently low (less than 2 percent), and CWD has not been detected in the remainder of the state. This means it is still possible to limit the impact of CWD in North Dakota. Find out more in this week’s webcast with Assistant Wildlife Division Chief Casey Anderson.
The weather is cooling, leaves are turning and waterfowl hunting season is just around the corner. Find out what waterfowl hunters can expect this fall in this week's webcast.
Department staff are currently conducting fall fish reproduction surveys. These annual surveys begin in late August or early September and provide biologists with data on stocking results, natural fish reproduction, fish growth and more. Data collected helps biologist manage the state's fisheries. Learn more about these surveys in this week’s webcast with Fisheries Management Section Leader Scott Gangl.
Find out how prospects for the upcoming grouse and partridge seasons are shaping up in this week's webcast with Jesse Kolar, Game and Fish Department upland game management supervisor.
The badlands of North Dakota support a number of game species such as elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep and pronghorn. Understanding the relationship between badlands habitats and these animals is critical for managing their populations. Find out more in this week's webcast.
The Report All Poachers program has been in place since 1983 and has proven to be a valuable resource for law enforcement. Learn more about the RAP program and the challenges faced by Department game wardens in this week's webcast.
Rules and regulations have been set for the upcoming furbearer seasons. Find out more in this week's webcast.
It is time to apply for the 2019 Pronghorn lottery (application deadline - Aug. 7). In this week's webcast we'll take a look at how pronghorn populations are doing in the state and what pronghorn hunters can look forward to this season.
Creating and maintaining boat ramps takes considerable effort. Learn more about the process in this week's webcast.
Salmon in the deep waters of Lake Sakakawea begin biting in in July. Catching them during July and August generally requires boats with downriggers, but about mid-September through most of October salmon move into the shallows and can be caught from the shore. Learn more in this week's webcast.
For over 50 years the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep North Dakota fishing waters stocked with game fish. Learn more about this unique partnership in this week's webcast.
North Dakota Game and Fish outreach biologist Greg Gullickson talks about the Conservation and Outdoor Skills Park at the 2019 North Dakota State Fair in Minot.
Operation Dry Water is a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence. In 2019, Operation Dry Water will run July 5, 6 and 7. Learn more in this week's webcast.
Shooting ranges offer a safe place for skills improvement. North Dakota Game and Fish manages five ranges on wildlife management areas. Find out more in this week's webcast.
Aquatic nuisance species have the potential to cause significant ecological and economic harm in North Dakota. Find out what is being done to limit the spread of these species in the state, and learn more about what you can do to help in this week's webcast.
Biologists have just completed this spring's breeding duck survey. Find out how things are looking for the state's ducks in this week's webcast.
It is time to apply for the 2019 deer gun lottery. This year there are 65,500 licenses available to hunters, 10,350 more than last year. Find out more in this week's webcast. Note: The application deadline is June 5.
The 2019-2020 legislative session wrapped up about a week ago. In today’s webcast, Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand talks about some of the outdoor related legislation from this session.