Outdoors

Mountain lion Zone 1 early season ends, late season opens

North Dakota’s early mountain lion season in Zone 1 closed Sunday, Nov. 25, and the late season, when hunters can pursue lions with dogs, is now open. During the early season, hunters took two cats from a harvest limit of eight. Under the season structure, a conditional season could open ...

Ice awareness for anglers, hunters

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is urging winter anglers and late-season hunters to use extreme caution when venturing out on ice. Ice thickness is never consistent, especially early in winter, and can vary significantly on the same body of water. Edges become firm before the ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Today – Audubon NWR upland game opener. Tuesday – District 3 NDG&F Advisory Board meeting, Esmond, 7 p.m. 214-0059. Friday – Deer muzzleloader season opens. Fri.-Sat. – Snowmobile ND 40th Annual Convention, Clarion Hotel, Minot. Dec. 2 – Duck season closes, Low Plains ...

Darkhouse spearfishing regulations

North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season opens on most state waters when ice-up occurs. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species. Prior to this year, the darkhouse spearfishing season had opened on Dec. 1. All individuals who participate in darkhouse spearfishing must first ...

Fishing tournaments require 30-day notice

Organizers planning fishing tournaments, including ice fishing contests this winter, are reminded to submit an application along with fishing tournament regulations to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at least 30 days prior to the start of the event. The 30-day advance notice allows ...

Some refuges open to late-season upland game

Hunters are reminded that several national wildlife refuges in North Dakota are open to late-season upland game bird hunting the day after the deer gun season closes. Arrowwood, Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, Lake Alice, Lake Zahl, Long Lake, Lostwood, Tewaukon (pheasants only), and ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Sunday – Deer gun season closes. Sunday – Mountain lion early season closes, Zone 1. Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving! Thursday – Full moon, 11:40 p.m. Nov. 26 – Audubon NWR upland game opener. Nov. 27 – District 3 NDG&F Advisory Board meeting, Esmond, 7 p.m. ...

WHOPPER CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight for October: Lake Oahe northern pike: Ken Johnson, Bismarck, Oct. 3, 24 lbs., 8 oz Carsen Mathisen, Mandan, Oct. 19, 22 lbs., 14 oz. Missouri River northern pike: James Johannes, Underwood, Oct. ...

CATCH & RELEASE CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and Release Club qualifiers, date & length for October: Lake Sakakawea northern pike: Rodney Keller, Max, Oct. 6, 42 inches. Anton Seiler, Dickinson, Oct. 19, 42 inches. Ed Evanson, Watford City, Oct. 20, 36 inches. Lake ...

Family duo cleans up at state horseshoe tournament

Minot horseshoe club member Tanner Mosser (right) and his grandfather, Dave Mosser (left), pose with their hardware after the 2018 North Dakota state horseshoe tournament this past summer in Fargo. Tanner won the Junior Championship Class and a High Ringer Award, while Dave won a High Ringer ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Nov. 25 – Deer gun season closes. Nov. 25 – Mountain lion early season closes, Zone 1. Nov. 26 – Audubon NWR upland game opener. Nov. 29 – Dove season closes. Nov. 30 – Deer muzzleloader season opens.

Fall mule deer survey completed

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s fall mule deer survey indicated fawn production in 2018 was better than in 2017. Biologists counted 2,446 mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The buck-to-doe ratio of 43 bucks per 100 does was higher than last year and the same as the ...

Donate deer to Sportsmen Against Hunger

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding deer hunters to keep in mind the Sportsmen Against Hunger program this fall. While this year’s deer proclamation allows only one deer gun license per hunter, families with more than one license might want to consider donating a deer to ...

Report feral pig sightings

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds hunters who might come across feral swine this fall that hunting and trapping them is illegal. Casey Anderson, assistant chief of wildlife for Game and Fish, said while it is uncommon to come across feral swine in North Dakota, it can ...

Special allocation lottery apps due Jan. 1

Nonprofit organizations that are eligible to receive big game hunting licenses in 2019, must have the application submitted to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department no later than Jan. 1. A law passed during the 2017 state legislature provides direction for the Game and Fish director to ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Today – Fall crow season closes. Today – Woodcock season closes. Friday – Deer gun opener. Saturday – Bobcat season opens. Sunday – Sandhill crane season closes. Nov. 25 – Deer gun season closes. Nov. 25 – Mountain lion early season closes, Zone 1. Nov. 26 – ...

Deer season questions and answers

Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. Hunters with further questions are encouraged to call the Game and Fish Department at 328-6300, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Nov. 2 – Bighorn sheep opener. Nov. 4 – Moose season closes. Nov. 5 – Fall crow season closes. Nov. 5 – Woodcock season closes. Nov. 9 – Deer gun opener. Nov. 10 – Bobcat season opens. Nov. 11 – Sandhill crane season closes. Nov. 25 – Deer gun season closes. Nov. ...

CWD surveillance continues

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2018 hunting season, by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis from 17 units in the western portion of the state. In addition, all moose and elk harvested in ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Oct. 24 – Full moon 11:46 a.m. Nov. 2 – Bighorn sheep opener. Nov. 4 – Moose season closes. Nov. 5 – Fall crow season closes. Nov. 5 – Woodcock season closes. Nov. 9 – Deer gun opener. Nov. 10 – Bobcat season opens. Nov. 11 – Sandhill crane season closes. Nov. 25 ...