Archive of Hunting Reports

February2013

North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online

Posted: February 14, 2013

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

NDGF assistant wildlife division chief Jeb Williams discusses how this winter is treating wildlife  .  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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Game Wardens Association to Give Scholarship

Posted: February 11, 2013

The North Dakota Game Wardens Association has a $300 scholarship available for a graduating high school senior entering college in fall 2013 who enrolls in fisheries or wildlife management with an emphasis on law enforcement.

Applicants must be North Dakota residents and have maintained a 3.25 grade point average. The scholarship will be awarded to the student upon proof of enrollment in college.

Applications are available by contacting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at 328-6604; or email ndgf@nd.gov. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 10, 2013.

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Spring Turkey Applications due Feb. 13

Posted:

Applications for this spring’s turkey season must be in the mail and postmarked before midnight Feb. 13. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.

Prospective hunters can submit a lottery application online, or print an application, at the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can also be submitted by calling (800) 406-6409. Online or phone applications must be logged before midnight Feb. 13.

Application forms are also available at most license vendors, county auditors and Game and Fish offices.

The spring turkey season opens April 13 and continues through May 19.

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North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online

Posted: February 7, 2013

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

NDGF chief game warden Robert Timian discusses the most common 2012 Violations .  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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Spring Light Goose Licenses Available

Posted: February 4, 2013

Light goose hunters planning to hunt during North Dakota’s spring season can purchase a license online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website. The season opens Feb. 16 and continues through May 5.

Residents can hunt during the spring season by having last fall’s 2012-13 bird licenses. Otherwise, hunters will need to purchase either a 2013-14 combination license; or a small game, and general game and habitat license.

Nonresidents, regardless of age, need a 2013 spring light goose season license. The cost is $50 and the license is good statewide. Nonresidents who hunt the spring season remain eligible to buy a fall season license. The spring season does not count against the 14-day fall hunting season regulation.

A federal duck stamp is not required for either residents or nonresidents.

Licenses are available only from the Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office, the department’s website at gf.nd.gov, or by calling (800) 406-6409.

Availability of food and open water dictate when snow geese arrive in the state. Early migrants generally start showing up in the southeast part of the state in mid-to-late March, but huntable numbers usually aren’t around until the end of March or early April. If this winter’s mild weather conditions continue, light geese could arrive earlier than normal.  However, movements into and through the state will depend on available roosting areas and the extent of the snow line.

Hunters must obtain a new Harvest Information Program registration number before venturing out into the field. The HIP number can be obtained online or by calling (888) 634-4798. The HIP number is good for the fall season as well, so spring hunters should save it to record on their fall license.

The Game and Fish Department will provide hunters with migration updates once geese have entered the state. Hunters can access the department’s website, or call (701) 328-3697, to receive generalized locations of bird sightings in North Dakota until the season ends or geese have left the state. Migration reports will be updated periodically during the week.

The spring season is only open to light geese – snows, blues, and Ross’s. Species identification is important because white-fronted and Canada geese travel with light geese. The season is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds.

Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. There is no daily bag limit or possession limit. Electronic and recorded calls, as well as shotguns capable of holding more than three shells, may be used to take light geese during this season.

There are no waterfowl rest areas designated for the spring season. Hunters should note that private land within waterfowl rest areas closed last fall may be posted closed to hunting.

Nontoxic shot is required for hunting all light geese statewide. Driving off established roads and trails is strongly discouraged during this hunt because of the likelihood of soft, muddy conditions, and winter wheat that is planted across the state.

To maintain good landowner relations, hunters are advised to seek permission before hunting on private lands or attempting any off-road travel during this season. Sprouted winter wheat is considered an unharvested crop. Therefore, hunting or off-road travel in winter wheat is not legal without landowner permission.

All regular hunting season regulations not addressed above apply to the spring season. For more information on regulations refer to the 2013 Spring Light Goose Hunting Regulations and the 2012 North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Guide.

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