Boat North Dakota course
Boat owners are reminded that children ages 12-15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft must take the state's boating basics course. State law requires youngsters ages 12-15 to pass the course before they operate a boat or personal watercraft with at least a 10-horsepower motor. In addition, major insurance companies give adult boat owners who pass the course a premium discount on boat insurance.
The course is available for home-study from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's Bismarck office. Two commercial providers also offer the course online, and links to those sites are found on the department's website at (gf.nd.gov). While the home-study course is free, students will be charged a fee to take it online. The fee stays with the online provider.
Upon completion of the online test, and providing a credit card number, students will be able to print out a temporary certification card, and within 10 days a permanent card will be mailed. The course covers legal requirements, navigation rules, getting underway, accidents and special topics such as weather, rules of the road, laws, lifesaving and first aid.
For more information, contact Nancy Boldt, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 328-6300.
No fireworks allowed on WMAs
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds citizens that possession or use of fireworks on state wildlife management areas is prohibited.
The primary objective of a wildlife management area is to enhance wildlife production, provide hunting and fishing opportunities, and offer other outdoor recreational and educational uses. Only activities that would not disrupt the intentions of how these areas are managed are encouraged, and a fireworks display is not compatible.
A complete list of the WMA regulations is available on the Game and Fish website, (gf.nd.gov).
Put garbage where it belongs
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor recreationists who celebrate the Fourth of July along any heavily used recreational area to keep it clean by packing out all trash, including fireworks. All garbage should be placed in the proper trash receptacle. If trash cans aren't available, or are full, take the trash and dispose of it at home.
It is not uncommon to see garbage piling up around trash containers after they become full. Styrofoam containers are not biodegradable, but yet are often found wedged in cattails, drifting or washed up on shore.
Worn tires, old mattresses and kitchen appliances have found their way to public use areas. This illegal dumping is costly to clean up and takes a significant toll on the environment. Not only does it spoil the beauty of the land, it destroys habitat, has the potential to pollute North Dakota waters and can injure wildlife.
Littering violations should be reported by calling the Report All Poachers telephone number at 800-472-2121.