Fisheries staff are busy with salmon spawning this month. Learn more in this week's webcast with Fisheries Biologist Russ Kinzler.
Audio files listed here are derived from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department weekly webcasts which feature Department news, people and projects, hunting and fishing previews and more.
Salmon Spawning 2019
Chronic Wasting Disease
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.
2019 Waterfowl Season Preview
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.
Fall Fish Reproduction Surveys
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.