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Podcasts

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.


2019 Grouse and Partridge Season Preview

 

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.

 

Badlands Studies

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.

Game Wardens and RAP

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.

2019 Furbearer Seasons

Rules and regulations have been set for the upcoming furbearer seasons. Find out more in this week's webcast.

2019 Pronghorn Season Preview

 

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.

 

Boat Ramps

Creating and maintaining boat ramps takes considerable effort. Learn more about the process in this week's webcast.

Salmon Fishing Preview

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.

Fish Hatchery Partnership

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.

Conservation and Outdoor Skills Park at the State Fair 2019

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 2019

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 - 2019

 

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.

 

ANS - Spring 2019

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.

2019 Breeding Duck Survey

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.

2019 Deer Lottery Preview

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.

2019 Legislative Recap with Director Terry Steinwand

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.

Lakes and River Access - NDGNF - 04-18-19

Find out how water levels and boating access are shaping up for this year's open water season in this week's webcast.

Fishing Previews - Lake Sakakawea - Northeast and Northwest District Lakes - NDGNF - 04-11-19

Today is the fourth installment of this year's open water fishing reports. This webcast covers Lake Sakakawea and the northeast and northwest district lakes.

Fishing Previews - Devils Lake - Southwest District

Today is the third installment of this year's open water fishing reports. This webcast covers Devils Lake and the southwest district lakes.

2019 Fishing Previews - Southeast, North Central

Today is the second installment of this year's open water fishing reports. This webcast covers the southeast and north central district lakes.

Spring Light Goose Conservation Order - 2019

 

The spring light goose conservation order was established in 1999 in response to exploding populations of snow and Ross's geese as over-foraging by the birds is damaging parts of their fragile Arctic breeding habitat. The conservation order allows the harvest of light geese outside of normal migratory bird treaty days to help control population growth. This year, the order runs from Feb. 23 through May 12. Learn more in this week’s webcast.

 

2018 Violations

Game wardens issued more than 2,400 citations last year, compared to 2,500 in 2017 and 2,300 citations in 2016 with failure to carry a license being the most common violation. Learn more in this week's webcast.

Ice Fishing Update and Late Season Reminders - 2019

While it seems almost impossible to believe right now, winter will soon be loosening its grip, and the ice fishing season will give way to open water fishing. So how has the ice fishing season this year shaped up? Find out in this week's webcast. And remember, as spring moves in there are some late season considerations to keep in mind when ice fishing, including the requirement to remove permanent ice houses from lakes daily from March 15 on.

Mid-Winter Waterfowl Survey - 2018

Find out how this year's mid-winter waterfowl survey went in this week's webcast.

2019 Spring Turkey Preview

 

Applications for the 2019 spring turkey season are now available online (application deadline - Feb. 13). Find out how this spring's season is shaping up in this week's webcast.

 

Hunter Education

January through May is the peak time for hunter education classes which are offered across the state. If you are interested in taking a hunter education class, required to hunt in North Dakota for anyone born after 1961, find out how in this week's webcast

2018 Hunting Seasons Recap

Take a look back at the 2018 hunting seasons in this week's webcast with Wildlife Division Chief Jeb Williams.

Director Terry Steinwand Reviews 2018/Looks Ahead to 2019

Take a look back at 2018 and ahead to 2019 in this week's webcast with Game and Fish director Terry Steinwand.

Ice Fishing Previews (Part 2) 2018

 

This week’s webcast is the second in our 2018 two-part ice fishing preview series. This week’s segment covers the south central, southwest and northwest fisheries districts and the Missouri River.

 

2018 Ice Fishing Preview (Part 1)

This week’s webcast is the first in a two-part ice fishing preview series. This week’s segment covers Devils Lake and the north central, northeast and southeast fishing districts. Find out where the best lakes for walleye, pike, yellow perch and more.

Furbearer Seasons Update (2018)

Find out how the North Dakota furbearer seasons are progressing in this week’s webcast with furbearer biologist Stephanie Tucker.

Ice Fishing Rules and Regulations

With winter comes ice fishing season. Did you know that ice fishing makes up about ¼ of the fishing effort in North Dakota? And, while most of the regulations are similar to those for open-water fishing, there are a few differences. Find out more in this week’s webcast.

Ice Safety

Whether you're late-season hunting or early-season ice fishing, being cautious and aware of ice conditions is critical to safely enjoying your favorite winter outdoor activities in North Dakota. Learn more in this week's webcast.

Hunter Surveys
Hunter surveys provide critical information to Department game managers. Learn more in this week’s webcast.

RAP

The Report All Poachers program was started in 1983 as a cooperative effort between the North Dakota Wildlife Federation, North Dakota Game and Fish Department and North Dakota State Radio. It gives citizens a way to easily report game and fish violations. Learn more in this week's webcast.

2018 Deer Season Preview

Deer gun season is right around the corner. What can hunters expect in the field this year? Find out in this week's webcast.

Salmon Spawning

 

It is the time of year again when salmon in Lake Sakakawea are trying to spawn, but the area does not have naturally flowing streams suitable for spawning. So, how is this popular fishery in Lake Sakakawea maintained? Find out in this week’s webcast.

 

CWD Deer Hunting Surveillance

Chronic wasting disease affects deer, moose and elk. It is 100 percent fatal and has no treatment or vaccine. This disease spreads when sick animals shed prions through urine, feces, and saliva. These prions stay on the landscape and are infectious indefinitely. CWD in known to exist in hunting unit 3F2, and last year, an animal in Canada near the northwest North Dakota border tested positive for CWD. Learn what is being done to help control the spread of CWD in the state and what you can do to help these efforts in this week’s webcast.

Common Violations

Many of North Dakota's fall hunting seasons are in full-swing. In this week's webcast, Chief Game Warden Bob Timian talks about some of the more common hunting violations wardens encounter in the field.

Fall Fish Reproduction Surveys 2018

North Dakota Game and Fish Department's fisheries management section leader Scott Gangl talks about this year's fall fish reproduction surveys.

Tools and Resources

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department offers many different online services for hunters and anglers including maps, mobile apps, news and alert subscriptions, and more. Learn more in this week's webcast.

Bighorn Sheep in North Dakota

Bighorn sheep were extirpated from North Dakota by 1905 then reintroduced in 1956. Populations were doing well when, in 2014, a pneumonia causing pathogen got into the population. It has since spread to every herd in the state. Find out how this disease continues to impact bighorn in North Dakota, and what the Department is doing to manage the population in this week’s webcast.

2018 Pheasant Preview

After last year's drought and this year's more moderate conditions, how are pheasant populations in the state doing? Find out in this week's webcast.

Waterfowl Preview

Find out how this year's waterfowl seasons are shaping up in this week's webcast.

Grouse and Partridge Season Preview

North Dakota’s popular hunting seasons for grouse and partridge will open Saturday, Sept. 8. Last year’s drought is still having an impact on bird numbers. Find out what hunters can expect this fall in this week’s webcast.

Chronic Wasting Disease

 

Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease affecting cervids (ex. deer, elk, moose) that is shed through saliva and urine. It is always fatal, and once present in the environment it is there to stay. In North Dakota CWD is present in our 3F2 deer rifle unit (south central ND). Watch this week's webcast to find out more about CWD and what we are doing to try and limit the spread of this disease.

 

PLOTS Program

 

The PLOTS (Private Lands Open to Sportsmen) program has been around for over 20 years. Private lands enrolled in PLOTS are open for public walk-in hunting access. There will be approximately 762,000 PLOTS acres available for hunting this fall.

The annual PLOTS guide locates lands open to hunting through the PLOTS program, as well as public lands such as wildlife management and waterfowl production areas. The 2018 guide is available online at https://gf.nd.gov/plots/guide. Printed guides will be available at vendors late August/early September.

 

Furbearer Season Preview

With fall right around the corner it is time to start thinking about the furbearer hunting and trapping seasons. Listen to this week’s webcast for a preview of the coming seasons.

Early Canada Goose Preview

North Dakota’s early Canada goose dates are set with opening day Aug. 15. Bag limits and licensing requirements are the same as last year, however Canada goose hunting zones have been restructured with the intent of increasing harvest pressure in the eastern half of the state where the state’s worst Canada goose-landowner conflicts occur. Learn more on this week’s webcast.

Pronghorn Season Preview

 

The pronghorn season is set, with 1,075 licenses available in 10 open units. The bow-only season is from Aug 30 (noon) – Sep 23. The firearms/archery season is from Oct. 5 (noon) – Oct. 21. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply for a 2018 pronghorn license. Learn more in this week’s webcast.

 

Salmon Fishing Preview

Deep-water salmon fishing in Lake Sakakawea, where downriggers are generally used to allow anglers to fish down 50 to 100+ feet, picks up in late July then runs through August into September. Find out how the 2018 season is shaping up in this week’s webcast at https://gf.nd.gov/ndo-webcast.