Archive of Hunting Reports

September2011

Deer, Fall Turkey Licenses Available

Posted: September 26, 2011

As of Sept. 26, interested deer and fall turkey hunters still have time to purchase a license for the 2011 hunting seasons. Hunters should check the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website for an updated list of licenses available.

While more than 97 percent of North Dakota’s deer licenses have been issued, nearly 2,500 antlerless licenses remain for the 2011 season. Doe licenses are available in units 2D, 2L, 3F1, 3F2 and 4F. There is no limit to the number of deer licenses a hunter can receive.

These remaining antlerless licenses – and doe licenses that have already been issued and are printed with second, third or additional concurrent season designations – can be used during any open season: bow season with a bow; the deer gun season with a bow, rifle, or muzzleloader; or during the muzzleloader season with a muzzleloader. Hunters must stay in the unit to which the license is assigned.

In addition, remaining licenses in units 3F1, 3F2 and 4F can be used during the special herd reduction season, which is open Sept. 23 through Oct. 7.

North Dakota’s 2011 deer gun season runs from Nov. 4-20. The archery season extends through Jan. 8, 2012, and muzzleloader season is Nov. 25 – Dec. 11. License fees are $20 for residents and $55 for nonresidents.

Nearly 350 fall turkey licenses remain for the following units: Unit 03, Benson and Ramsey counties and a portion of Pierce County; Unit 25, McHenry County and portions of Pierce and Ward counties; Unit 51, Burke County and portions of Renville, Bottineau and Ward counties; and Unit 99, Mercer and Oliver counties. There is a limit of 15 wild turkey licenses per hunter.

The fall turkey season opens Oct. 8 and continues through Jan. 8, 2012. Turkey licenses are $8 for residents and $80 for nonresidents.

Resident and nonresident deer and fall turkey hunters can apply online at the Game and Fish Department website. Applications are also available by calling the Department’s Bismarck office at (701) 328-6300.

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Plot Guides are IN!

Posted: September 23, 2011

The Devils Lake Tourism Dept. has received a LARGE shipment of Plot Guides – if you’re looking for them stop by and pick one up! We are located on Hwy. 2, next to WalMart.

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Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest Deadline!

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Be sure to get your photos in for the North Dakota Game and Fish Departments contest to give the Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest a facelift!

Contest entries are limited to 5×7-inch or larger color prints, or digital files submitted on disk or via e-mail. Contestants are limited to no more than five entries. Photos must have been taken in North Dakota. Submission deadline is Sept. 30.

For more information including where to send your photos to please visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website.

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Wetland Conditions Favor Duck Hunters

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual fall wetland survey indicates good to excellent wetland conditions statewide for duck hunting.

 Mike Szymanski, migratory game bird biologist, said hunters will need to scout because birds may be spread out with all the water and potential places to hunt.

 “Most areas of the state have similar conditions to last year, with the exceptions of the northwest and southeast areas,” Szymanski said. “The number of wetlands in the northwest part of the state holding water during the survey nearly tripled from last year.  However, on the flip side, the southeast part of the state has about half as many wetlands with water in them. Nonetheless, there are still abundant opportunities for duck hunters in southeast North Dakota.”

 Unfortunately, hunters wishing to venture to northwest North Dakota may have some difficulty. For various reasons, lodging in that part of the state is scarce, Szymanski said, and hunters should definitely call ahead to check the status of availability. In addition, hunters should use caution on roadways as fall can be an especially busy time of year.

 Three consecutive winters with significant snowfall refilled wetlands, and considerable rainfall this past summer has maintained water levels in more temporary-type wetlands, Szymanski said. “There was some drying during a nearly three-week period without rain prior to the survey,” he added. “Immediately following the survey, much of the northern tier of the state experienced 1-4 inches of rain, refilling wetlands that were beginning to dry up.”

 Soft ground conditions will greet hunters in many areas of the state, so Szymanski urges caution when driving in or across fields this fall. Moreover, there are many closed roads, and hunters may need to spend some time figuring out how to get to some of their favorite areas.

 “As always, the quality of the waterfowl hunting season in North Dakota is predicated on weather conditions,” Szymanski said. “But strong reproduction for both ducks and geese, and excellent wetland conditions point toward a good fall.”

 The wetland survey is conducted in mid-September just prior to the waterfowl hunting season, to provide an assessment of conditions duck hunters can expect.

 Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 24 for ducks, coots, mergansers and geese. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Oct. 1.

Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish.

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Mitchell’s Guide Service Hunter’s Special!

Posted: September 22, 2011

The fishing on Devils Lake continues to be very good.  This past week we caught most of our fish either pulling spinners with bottom bouncers along weedlines or trolling crankbaits.  The summer weather seems to want to hang in there enough days to make you think fall has not yet started and I think the fish are a little confused by it.  The one common demonator whether we are fishing deep or shallow the walleyes are definately more aggressive and seem to be fattening up considerably.  They are eating everything in sight to bulk up for winter.

Again we want to remind everyone that has a trip scheduled with us this fall to please bring warm clothes.  Even though we have 70 to 80 degree highs in the forecast the air is very chilly in the morning and most days it takes until 1:00 or 2:00 o’clock before the day warms up to its full potential.  The past couple of weeks very few of our guest have brought warm enough clothes.  Some of the guides do bring extra jackets with them and we have been pretty much demanding that they wear them and guess what?  The extra jackets that we brought for them have yet to be taken off!!!

Well with October less than ten days away, we want to remind all you hunters coming to Woodland in October, Mitchell’s Guide Service is again offering the “Hunter’s Special” fishing package.  This is a great addition to your time spent hunting here in the Lake Region.  Nothing better than to top off a successful hunt with an afternoon of fishing on the premier walleye lake in the country.  These trips have been very successful in the past and by the looks of schedule, many of you have already reserved you afternoon fishing trips.  We would love to have you!  Good luck and be safe out there.

Mitchell’s Guide Service “Hunter’s Special”

 1/2 day guided fishing (4 hours) after your morning hunt

 2 people $250.00

3 people $275.00

All equipment, fish cleaning and packaging included

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service & Woodland Resort.

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Large Duck Flight Expected

Posted: September 20, 2011

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s May and July waterfowl surveys indicate hunters can expect a large fall flight similar to recent years. Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 24 for ducks, coots, mergansers and geese. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Oct. 1.

Mike Johnson, game management section leader, said North Dakota’s fall flight – breeding ducks and the young they produce in the state – is based on data from the May breeding duck survey and the July brood survey. “This year’s production was down from last year, however, there are strong indications of an exceptional late hatch of ducks this year,” Johnson said. “Since our surveys have been completed, observers have been seeing large numbers of newly hatched ducks throughout the state.”

The brood index from the Game and Fish Department’s annual mid-July survey was down 26 percent from 2010, but was 19 percent above the long-term average. Average brood size was 7.7 ducklings, up 1.0 from last year. The long‑term average is 7.1 ducklings per brood. The water index observed during the survey was up 52 percent from last year and 105 percent above long-term.

Results from the May breeding duck survey indicated the duck index was down 9 percent from 2010, but exceeded the long-term average by 85 percent. Water conditions in May were up 31 percent from 2010 and 128 percent from the long-term average.

Resident hunters must possess a general game and habitat license and a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate. In addition, hunters age 16 and older must have a small game license and federal duck stamp.

Nonresidents must purchase a nonresident waterfowl license, including the general game and habitat license, and certificate. Hunters age 16 and older must possess a federal duck stamp. Nonresident youth hunters from states that provide a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents, qualify for North Dakota resident licenses. See the 2011 North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Guide for details.

All migratory bird hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting. Hunters who purchase a license through the state Game and Fish Department website (gf.nd.gov) or instant licensing telephone number (800-406-6409) can easily get HIP certified.

Otherwise, hunters must call (888) 634-4798, or access the department’s website, and record the HIP number on their fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate. Those who registered to hunt the spring light goose season or the early Canada goose season in North Dakota do not have to register with HIP again, as it is required only once per year in each state hunted.

Hunters should refer to the waterfowl hunting guide for season regulations including licensing requirements, dates, bag limits, season zones and nonresident hunting zones.

Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish Dept.

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Waterfowl Hunters Reminded of ANS Regulations

Posted: September 19, 2011

Waterfowl hunters are reminded to do their part in preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species into or within North Dakota.

Waterfowl hunters must clean boats, decoys, waders and other hunting equipment before leaving a water body. Hunters must also drain water from all hunting equipment prior to leaving the water, and are encouraged to brush their hunting dogs free of mud and seeds.

Cattails, phragmites, bulrushes and terrestrial plants may be transported as camouflage on boats. All other aquatic vegetation must be cleaned from boats prior to transportation into or within North Dakota.

Detailed ANS information and prevention regulations can be found by accessing the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website .

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Youth Pheasant Weekend Oct. 1-2

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North Dakota’s two-day youth pheasant season is Oct. 1-2. Legally licensed residents and nonresidents ages 15 and younger may hunt roosters statewide.

Resident youth hunters, regardless of age, must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and general game and habitat license. Nonresident youth hunters from states that provide a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents qualify for North Dakota resident licenses. Otherwise, nonresident youth hunters must purchase a nonresident small game license.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Youth ages 12 and older need to have passed a certified hunter education course. The daily bag limit and all other regulations for the regular pheasant season apply.

An adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the youth hunter in the field. The adult may not carry a firearm.

See the 2011 North Dakota Small Game Hunting Guide for additional information.

Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish Dept.

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2011 Waterfowl regulations set

Posted: September 16, 2011

North Dakota’s 2011 waterfowl season has been set, with season details similar to last year. The only significant change is the elimination of two waterfowl rest area. Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 24 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Octover 1. Go to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website for full hunting requirements.

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Some State Parks Allow Hunting

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Grahams Island: Hunters can harvest deer at Grahams Island State Park during the bow, gun and muzzleloader seasons. Grahams Island will also be open for turkey hunting beginning October 8. Hunters MUST have the appropriate licenses. Grahams Island State Park will be closed to all visitors except hunters during the deer gun season November 4-20.
For further information contact Grahams Island State Park at 701-766-4015.

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