Archive of Hunting Reports

October2013

WPAs Opened to Hunting

Posted: October 14, 2013

North Dakota’s waterfowl production areas will be open to hunting on the pheasant opener after all. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday afternoon rescinded its closure of WPAs to public access, including hunting and fishing, effective immediately. That means the WPAs in North Dakota will be available to hunters for the state’s pheasant opener on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“The waterfowl production areas are important public lands for hunters,” said North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand. “We have been working hard all week toward the goal of having these areas back open by the pheasant opener, and we appreciate Service Director Dan Ashe’s reconsideration of their closure action.” The WPAs and national wildlife refuges in North Dakota and other states were closed to public access on Oct. 1 as a result of the federal government shutdown. National wildlife refuges in North Dakota remain closed, however, as today’s action by the Fish and Wildlife Service only affects WPAs.

Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish

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2013 North Dakota Waterfowl Regulations Set

Posted: August 29, 2013

devils lake waterfowl

North Dakota’s 2013 waterfowl season has been set, with noteworthy changes including an increase in the daily limit of Canada and snow geese, and the possession limit for most migratory birds.

Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 21 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Sept. 28. The season for swans opens Sept. 28 for both residents and nonresidents.

Hunters may take six ducks per day with the following restrictions: five mallards of which two may be hens, three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails and two canvasbacks. The daily limit of five mergansers may include no more than two hooded mergansers. For ducks and mergansers, the possession limit is three times the daily limit.

The hunting season for Canada geese in the Missouri River zone will close Dec. 27, while the remainder of the state will close Dec. 21. The season for whitefronts closes Dec. 1, while the season on light geese is open through Dec. 29. Shooting hours for all geese are one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. each day through Nov. 2. Beginning Nov. 3, 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. 27, and on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from Nov. 30 through the end of each season.

The bag limit for Canada geese during the regular season is eight daily and 24 in possession, except in the Missouri River zone where the limit is five daily and 15 in possession.

The daily limit on whitefronts is two with six in possession, and light goose is 50 daily, with no possession limit.

The special youth waterfowl hunting season is Sept. 14-15. 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.

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. 12-18.

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 or early fall Canada goose season do not have to register again, as it is required only once per year.

The waterfowl rest areas previously established in Barnes and Nelson counties have been eliminated.

Hunters should refer to the 2013 North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Guide for further details on the waterfowl season. Paper copies will be at license vendors in early September.

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For information on waterfowl hunting in Devils Lake and to receive a hunting & vacation packet, call 1-800-233-8048 or click here to request information online.
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Spring Snow Goose Migration Update

Posted: April 22, 2013

 As of April 22, there are some geese in North Dakota, with birds moving up the western portion of the corridor where there is less snow. However, the bulk of the migration remains in South Dakota.

If the weather forecast holds, expect geese to try to push through the state this week with a major migration this weekend.

 Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish Department: http://gf.nd.gov/

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Tracking Snow Geese

Posted: March 12, 2013

North Dakota spring light goose hunters can track general locations of geese as birds make their way through the state.
Hunters are able to call (701) 328-3697 to hear recorded information 24 hours a day. Migration reports are also posted on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Updates will be provided periodically during the week as migration events occur, until the season ends or geese have left the state.
North Dakota’s spring light goose season continues through May 5. Season information, including licensing requirements and regulations, are also available by accessing the Game and Fish website.

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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

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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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North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online

Posted: January 31, 2013

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

NDGF waterfowl biologist Mike Szymanski talks about the recent Midwinter Waterfowl Survey.  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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