Archive of Hunting Reports

August2012

Youth Waterfowl Weekend Sept. 15-16

Posted: August 31, 2012

North Dakota’s two-day youth waterfowl season is Sept. 15-16. Legally licensed resident and nonresident youth waterfowl hunters age 15 and younger can hunt ducks, geese, coots and mergansers statewide.

The daily bag limit and species restrictions for the youth season are the same as for regular duck and goose seasons.

Resident and qualifying nonresident youth waterfowl hunters must possess a general game and habitat license and a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate. Nonresidents from states that do not provide a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents must purchase the entire nonresident waterfowl license package.

In addition, all youth hunters must be Harvest Information Program certified, and youth ages 12 and older need to have passed a certified hunter education course. Hunters age 15 and younger do not need a federal duck stamp.

Hunters who purchase a license through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department can easily get HIP certified. Otherwise, hunters must call (888) 634-4798, or log on to the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov, and record the HIP number on their fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate.

Shooting hours for the youth waterfowl season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. An adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the resident youth hunter into the field, and a licensed adult is required to accompany a nonresident youth hunter. The two-day weekend hunt does not count against a nonresident adult hunter’s 14-day regular season waterfowl dates.

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Outdoors Online

Posted: August 30, 2012

This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov

NDGF district game warden Jackie Lundstrom talks about the Report All Poachers Program.  Click here to Watch!  https://vimeo.com/48515187

The webcast can be seen on the following community access channels:

Grand Forks

•             GFTV Channel 2 – Saturday, 10 p.m.

•             UND Studio One Channel 3 – Monday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Dickinson

•             Consolidated Channel 18 – Monday, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 Fargo

•             TV Fargo Channel 12 – Thursday, noon, and Sunday, 7 p.m.

Bismarck

•             Community Access Cable Channel 12, Thursday, 9:30 p.m.

Jamestown

•             Cable Services, The Replay Channel, CSi Channel 10

Minot

•             Cable Channel 19, Thursday, 6 p.m

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Swan Hunt Lottery Held, Licenses Remain

Posted: August 29, 2012

North Dakota’s swan lottery has been held and more than 300 licenses remain. Only hunters who do not have a swan license for the 2012 season can apply, as regulations limit hunters to one license per year.

Beginning Sept. 5, all remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Resident and nonresident hunters will be able to apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Hunters may also request an application by calling the department’s Bismarck office at (701) 328-6300. The license fee is $5 for residents and $25 for nonresidents.

The statewide tundra swan hunting season is Sep. 29 – Dec. 30.

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ND Bow/Archery Safety

Posted: August 27, 2012

North Dakota Outdoors Weekly Webcast: Archery Safety Tips

North Dakota Outdoors Weekly Video: Bow Safety

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Landowners Seek Doe Hunters

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is currently working with 21 landowners in 17 hunting units across the state who would like to host antlerless deer hunters in 2012. The current list of landowners has 230 openings for doe hunters.

Participating landowners are located in hunting units 2C, 2D, 2G2, 2I, 2J2, 2K2, 3A4, 3B3, 3C, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4B, 4D and 4E.

The program is not intended for buck hunters, but designed to direct hunters with antlerless licenses to specific areas to reduce deer populations.

Interested hunters can get their name on a list of possible participants by accessing the Game and Fish Department’s website at gf.nd.gov. Hunters who do not have Internet access can call the department’s main office in Bismarck at (701) 328-6300.

Hunters will provide their address, hunting unit(s) where they hold valid antlerless licenses, and if using rifle, muzzleloader or bow. From this list the department will select the number of hunters landowners have agreed to host. These hunters will be sent the landowner’s name, phone number and any information relating to the landowner’s specific situation.

Not everyone who signs up will end up with a new place to hunt, because not everyone’s schedule will match up with a landowner’s, and more people will likely put their name on the list than there are openings.

North Dakota’s 2012 regular deer gun season runs from Nov. 9-25. In addition, the archery season extends from Aug. 31 through Jan. 6, 2013; the youth season is from Sept. 14-23; and muzzleloader runs from Nov. 30 – Dec. 16.

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Sharptail, Huns Show Slight Increase, Ruffs Down

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North Dakota hunters should expect to see a slight increase in sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge numbers this hunting season, based on spring survey numbers. However, the ruffed grouse population continues on a downward trend.

The season for sharp-tailed grouse, ruffed grouse and Hungarian partridge opens Sept. 8.

Aaron Robinson, State Game and Fish Department upland game management biologist, Dickinson, said the spring sharptail breeding population was up from last year. However, he said the continued losses of native prairie and acreage enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program are negatively affecting the sharp-tailed grouse population in North Dakota.

Hungarian partridge numbers show a moderate increase from 2011. “Similar to recent years, scouting areas will be critical to success,” Robinson said. “Pockets of decent hunting may be found in areas where multiple pairs reproduced successfully.”

This spring’s statewide ruffed grouse drumming counts took a dip of 37 percent from 2011. The number of drumming males decreased almost 42 percent in the Pembina Hills and 24 percent in the Turtle Mountains.

Biologists are in the process of compiling summer brood date, which provides a more complete assessment of the fall season. Results will be available the first week in September.

The sage grouse and prairie chicken seasons will remain closed in 2012 due to low populations.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Sharptails, ruffed grouse and Huns each have a daily limit of three and a possession limit of 12.

Hunters, regardless of age, must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and general game and habitat license. In addition, hunters age 16 and older need a small game license.

For further season information and regulations, hunters should consult the North Dakota 2012-13 Small Game Hunting Guide.

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Outdoors Online!

Posted: August 23, 2012

This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov

Bowhunter Steve Goroski  gives some archery  safety tips and tactics.  Click here to Watch!  https://vimeo.com/48078325

The webcast can be seen on the following community access channels:

Grand Forks

•             GFTV Channel 2 – Saturday, 10 p.m.

•             UND Studio One Channel 3 – Monday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Dickinson

•             Consolidated Channel 18 – Monday, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 Fargo

•             TV Fargo Channel 12 – Thursday, noon, and Sunday, 7 p.m.

Bismarck

•             Community Access Cable Channel 12, Thursday, 9:30 p.m.

Jamestown

•             Cable Services, The Replay Channel, CSi Channel 10

Minot

•             Cable Channel 19, Thursday, 6 p.m

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2012 Waterfowl Regulations Set

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North Dakota’s 2012 waterfowl season has been set, with season details similar to last year. The only significant changes are the daily limit on scaup has increased from two to six, and a waterfowl rest area in Rolette County has been eliminated.

Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 22 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Sept. 29. The season for swans opens for both residents and nonresidents Sept. 29.

Mike Johnson, game management section leader for the State Game and Fish Department, said duck numbers look good this year.

“Overall waterfowl prospects are tough to predict,” Johnson said. “How the season progresses depends on weather conditions and migration patterns. We have high numbers of ducks in the state right now but it’s important to remember that one-third of these are blue-winged teal and many will leave before the season begins.”

Hunters may take six ducks per day with the following restrictions: five mallards of which two may be hens, three wood ducks, two redheads, two pintails and one canvasback. For ducks, the possession limit is twice the daily limit.

The daily limit of five mergansers may include no more than two hooded mergansers.

The waterfowl rest area four miles north of Rolette has been eliminated.

The hunting season for Canada geese in the Missouri River zone will close Dec. 28, while the remainder of the state will close Dec. 20. The season for whitefronts closes Dec. 2, while the season on light geese is open through Dec. 30. Shooting hours for all geese are one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. each day through Nov. 3. Beginning Nov. 4, shooting hours are extended until 2 p.m. each day.

Extended shooting hours for all geese are permitted from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset on Saturdays and Wednesdays through Nov. 28, and on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from Dec. 1 through the end of each season.

The daily bag limit for Canada geese during the regular season is three, with six in possession. The daily limit on whitefronts is two with four in possession, and light goose is 20 daily, with no possession limit.

The special youth waterfowl hunting season is Sept. 15-16. Legally licensed residents and nonresidents 15 years of age or younger can hunt ducks, coots, mergansers and geese statewide. Youth hunters must have a general game and habitat license and a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate. A licensed adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the youth hunter into the field. The daily bag limit and species restrictions for the youth season are the same as for regular duck and goose seasons.

Nonresidents have the option of buying either a statewide waterfowl license or one with zone restrictions. Nonresidents who designate zones 1 or 2 may hunt that zone for only one seven-day period during the season. Nonresident hunters who chose to hunt in zone 1 or 2 and wish to use the full 14 consecutive days allowed, must use the other seven days in zone 3. Hunters in zone 3 can hunt that zone the entire 14 days.

In accordance with state law, nonresidents are not allowed to hunt on North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or conservation PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) areas from Oct. 13-19.

All migratory bird hunters, including waterfowl, must register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting. Hunters purchasing a license from the Game and Fish Department can easily get a HIP number. Otherwise, hunters must call (888) 634-4798, or log on to the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov, provide the registration information, and record the HIP number on their fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate. Those who HIP registered to hunt this spring’s light goose season do not have to register again, as it is required only once per year.

Hunters should refer to the 2012 North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Guide, available in early September, for further details on the waterfowl season.

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Agencies Prohibit Hunting over Bait

Posted: August 21, 2012

Hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on all state owned or managed wildlife management areas, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, U.S. Forest Service national grasslands, and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands.

The governor’s proclamation relating to chronic wasting disease also includes a provision that prohibits hunting big game over bait on both public and private land in deer units 3C, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2.

In addition, any weapons, equipment, accessories used by hunters on Private Land Open To Sportsmen acreage may not be left unattended and must be taken with when the hunter leaves the area. This includes, but is not limited to, guns, blinds, stands, baits, scents and decoys. This means a hunter cannot place bait on PLOTS prior to or during the season and leave it there. Any bait would have to be brought to the PLOTS with the hunter the same day and taken out with the hunter the same day he/she leaves.

Hunting over bait is defined as the placement and/or use of baits for attracting big game and other wildlife to a specific location for the purpose of hunting. Bait, in this case, includes grain, seed, mineral, salt, fruit, vegetable nut, hay or any other natural or manufactured food placed by an individual. Bait does not include agricultural practices, gardens, wildlife food plots, agricultural crops, livestock feeds, fruit or vegetables in their natural location such as apples on or under an apple tree, or unharvested food or vegetables in a garden.

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Outdoors Online!

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This week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov

NDGF private lands biologist Casey Anderson gives a preview of the 2012 PLOTS Guide .  Click here to Watch!  https://vimeo.com/47632975

The webcast can be seen on the following community access channels:

Grand Forks

•             GFTV Channel 2 – Saturday, 10 p.m.

•             UND Studio One Channel 3 – Monday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Dickinson

•             Consolidated Channel 18 – Monday, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 Fargo

•             TV Fargo Channel 12 – Thursday, noon, and Sunday, 7 p.m.

Bismarck

•             Community Access Cable Channel 12, Thursday, 9:30 p.m.

Jamestown

•             Cable Services, The Replay Channel, CSi Channel 10

Minot

•             Cable Channel 19, Thursday, 6 p.m

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