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April2012

Nonresident Any-Deer Bow Licenses Issued for 2012

Posted: April 23, 2012

North Dakota’s nonresident any-deer archery licenses are all issued for the 2012 bow season.

A total of 682 any-deer bow licenses were available for nonresidents. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department began issuing them April 1.

The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation. The department issued 4,550 mule deer licenses in the 2011 deer gun lottery.

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NASP State Tournament Results

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A total of 336 archers competed in the North Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament April 13-14 in Bismarck.

Jeff Long, NASP coordinator for the State Game and Fish Department, said the number of participants was up 14 percent from last year. “NASP continues to grow in numbers each year, and we had participants from every corner of the state,” Long said. “This year 47 percent of our participants in the state tournament were female, and elementary students made up the majority of the participants.”

Long said it was a competitive tournament, with just 12 points separating first and second place in the middle school division, and a 16-point differential in the high school division. “This is out of a possible 3,600 points,” he added. “The atmosphere was great.”

This year’s tournament included a three-dimensional shoot, Long said, which allowed all participants an opportunity to try something different. “This actually worked quite well,” he added. “A lot of participants used this as an opportunity to warm up and calm the nerves.”

The high school (grades 9-12) state championship team was from Dunseith, and the middle school (grades 7-8) champs were from Medina. The top team in the elementary school (grades 4-6) division was from Hankinson. Each winning team received a trophy and five dozen arrows, and has the option of having an in-school awards ceremony. In addition, each first place team received a $2,500 travel grant for committing to represent North Dakota at the national tournament in Louisville, Ky.

Overall male and female winners were Lucas Nadeau of Dunseith and Lisa Buckhaus of Hankinson. They received a plaque and limited edition NASP bow, and a $750 travel grant if they attend the national tournament.

The top five place winners receiving commemorative coins in each division were:

High school boys – Nadeau and Mason Blacksmith, Dunseith; Cody Beach, Barnes County North; Michael Maertens, Griggs County North; and Josh Gapp, Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg.

High school girls – Amanda Young, Jaelyn May and Theresa St. Claire, Dunseith; and Shayla Zaun and Kayla Feiring, Griggs County Central.

Middle school boys – Spencer Brockman, North Sargent; Evan Trostad, Jacob Heinz, Logan Kensok  and Jayden Grover, Griggs County Central.

Middle school girls – Buckhaus and Mariah Weidner, Hankinson; Shae Tofte, Devils Lake; Maddy Vincent, Griggs County Central; and Hannah Willson, Barnes County North.

Elementary boys – Michael McKenna and Dawson McKeever, North Sargent; Tyler Johnson, Griggs County Central; Cole Nelson, Burke Central; and Race Kath, Hankinson.

Elementary girls – Kate Loewen, Hankinson; Hope Willson, Barnes County North; Lauren Moser, Medina; Sarah Azure, St. John’s; and Emma Mitchell, Rolla.

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Game and Fish Sponsors Earth Day Project

Posted: April 3, 2012

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is once again celebrating Earth Day by sponsoring youth clean-up days on public-owned or managed lands in April and May.

Each member of a school, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, 4-H club or youth organization who participates in cleaning up public lands during April and May will receive a specifically designed conservation patch.

Last winter the Game and Fish Department sponsored a contest for students ages 6-18 to design a North Dakota Earth Day Patch. Winners receiving a pair of Nikon 8×40 binoculars in the three age categories were Maddie Hosek of Bismarck (6-9), Enya Agard of Selfridge (10-13), and Sarah Morris of Regan (14-18). Hosek’s design was chosen the contest winner, and will be used on this year’s Earth Day patch.

Groups participating in the Earth Day project are encouraged to take the following precautions to ensure safety: keep young people away from highways, lakes and rivers; and only allow older participants to pick up broken glass.

Interested participants are asked to contact Pat Lothspeich at 328-6332 to receive a reporting form for their project.

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Spring Turkey Season Opens April 14, Licenses Remain

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North Dakota’s spring turkey season opens Saturday, April 14 and continues through May 20.

Hunters are reminded a 2012-13 hunting license is required, as last year’s 2011-12 licenses expired March 31. In addition to the spring turkey license, hunters must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate, and a general game and habitat license. Also, hunters ages 16 and older must possess a small game license, or combination license.

The governor’s proclamation allows a maximum of two licenses per hunter. Licenses remain in unit 06 (Bowman County) and unit 31 (Mountrail County).

These first-come, first-served licenses are available online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, or call (701) 328-6300 to request an application. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.

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