Archive of Hunting Reports

November2012

North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online

Posted: November 29, 2012

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

NDGF boat and water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt gives some Ice Safety Tips.  Click here to Watch!

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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        Unfilled Doe Licenses No Longer Valid

        Posted: November 28, 2012

        The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds deer hunters who did not fill an antlerless lottery license during the deer gun season, that these licenses are not valid during the upcoming muzzleloader season, or the remainder of the archery season.

        For several years prior to 2012, hunters with unfilled concurrent season antlerless licenses could continue hunting during the muzzleloader season, using a muzzleloader. Similarly, hunters could also use a bow during the remainder of the archery season to fill these licenses.

        All hunters were limited to one deer gun license this year. Since there are no concurrent season licenses, there is no provision to use an unfilled license to continue hunting during the muzzleloader or archery season. Only hunters with muzzleloader, archery or unfilled gratis licenses can participate in those respective seasons.

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        Tentative 2013 Season Opening Dates

        Posted: November 26, 2012

        To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2013, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.
        Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2013 include:

        Spring Crow March 9
        Spring Turkey April 13
        Fall Crow August 10
        Early Canada Goose August 15
        Deer Bow, Mountain Lion August 30
        Dove September 1
        Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel September 14
        Youth Waterfowl, Sandhill Crane September 14
        Youth Deer September 20
        Early Resident Waterfowl September 21
        Regular Waterfowl September 28
        Youth Pheasant October 5
        Pheasant, Fall Turkey October 12
        Mink, Muskrat, Weasel Trapping October 26
        Deer Gun November 8
        Deer Muzzleloader November 29
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        North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online.

        Posted: November 21, 2012

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

        NDGF aquatic nuisance species coordinator Fred Ryckman gives an update on Aquatic Nuisance Species.  Click here to Watch!

        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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        North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online

        Posted: November 15, 2012

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

        NDGF director Terry Steinwand talks about the upcoming Fall Advisory Board Meetings.  Click here to Watch!

        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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        Advisory Board Meetings Set

        Posted: November 13, 2012

        Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in their area.

        These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors and agency personnel.

        The governor appoints eight Game and Fish Department advisors, each representing a multi-county section of the state, to serve as a liaison between the department and public.

        Any person who requires an auxiliary aid or service must notify the contact person at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting date.

        District 3 – Counties: Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner

        Date: November 26 – 7 p.m.

        Location: 110 Main Street, Sheyenne

        Host: Wild Things Taxidermy Shop

        Contact: Greg Kolstad, 996-2282

        Advisory board member: Tom Rost, Devils Lake, 662-8620

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        Muzzleloader Season Opens Nov. 30

        Posted: November 9, 2012

        North Dakota’s muzzleloader deer season opens at noon Friday, Nov. 30 and continues through Dec. 16. Hunters with a lottery muzzleloader license can hunt white-tailed deer statewide.

        Hunters should refer to the 2012 North Dakota Deer Hunting Guide for more information.

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        Deer Hunters Should Stay Off Early Ice

        Posted: November 5, 2012

        North Dakota’s deer gun season opens Nov. 9 at noon, and State Game and Fish Department officials are cautioning deer hunters to be wary of where they hunt. Late-season weather conditions can quickly cause North Dakota’s small and mid-sized waters to ice over, giving the appearance of safe ice.

        Nancy Boldt, department boat and water safety coordinator, said hunters should be cautious of walking on frozen stock ponds, sloughs, creeks and rivers. “Ice can form overnight, causing unstable conditions,” Boldt said. “Even though deer might be able to make it across, it doesn’t mean hunters can.”

        Ice thickness is not consistent, Boldt said, as it can vary significantly within a few inches. Hunters walking the edge of a cattail slough will not find the same ice thickness in the middle. “The edges firm up faster than the center,” she added. “So, with your first step the ice might seem like it is strong enough, but it isn’t anywhere near solid enough once you progress away from the shoreline.”

        And in the case of snowfall, Boldt cautions hunters to be aware of snow-covered ice. Snow insulates ice, inhibiting solid ice formation, and makes it difficult to check thickness. Snow also hides cracked, weak and open water areas.

        “Basically, if there is ice formation during the deer season, stay away from it,” Boldt said. “It will not be safe.”

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        ND Game and Fish Dept. webcast, Outdoors Online

        Posted: November 1, 2012

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

        NDGF chief game warden Bob Timian answers some of the most frequently asked deer hunting questions.  Click here to Watch!

        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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