BISMARCK (AP) - North Dakota's Game and Fish Department has finalized this year's small game and furbearer regulations, and scheduled the state's early Canada goose hunting season.
Most small game and furbearer season structures are similar to last year. One change is that trappers using snares must now register with the department. Another is that licenses will be more expensive, due to increases approved by the state Legislature last year.
The general game and habitat license is $20; the resident small game license required for hunters age 16 and older is $10; the resident furbearer license required for hunters age 16 and older is $15; and the resident combination license, which includes general game and habitat, small game, furbearer and fishing, is $50.
The nonresident small game license, and the nonresident zoned waterfowl license, increased to $100. The nonresident statewide waterfowl license is $150.
The early Canada goose hunting season is aimed at reducing a population that has grown well above management goals. The birds often cause damage to property and crops.
The season will open Aug. 15 and continue through Sept. 15, except in the Missouri River Zone, where the season ends Sept. 7. The zone is along the river south of Lake Sakakawea to the South Dakota border.
The season has a limit of 15 geese daily and 45 in possession, the same as last year. Waterfowl rest areas, closed to hunting during the regular season, are open during the early season. Most land in these areas is private, so hunters might need permission to hunt.
Residents need a $5 early Canada goose license and a general game and habitat license. Also, residents age 16 and older need a small game license. Nonresidents need only a $50 early Canada goose license, and the license is valid statewide without counting against the 14-day regular season license.