The number of anglers buying fishing licenses in North Dakota during the 2014-15 season established a new record in license sales for the third consecutive year.
Statistics compiled by the State Game and Fish Department revealed more than 222,000 fishing licenses were sold last year, an increase of 3,000 from 2013-14. Resident license sales were down slightly from last year’s record, but the number of nonresident licenses issued grew by 5,000, establishing a new mark of nearly 65,000.
Hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on all state owned or managed wildlife management areas, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, U.S. Forest Service national grasslands, and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands.
The governor’s proclamation relating to chronic wasting disease also includes a provision that prohibits hunting big game over bait on both public and private land in deer unit 3C west of the Missouri River, and all of units 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2.
North Dakota’s dove season opens statewide Sept. 1, and hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting.
The daily limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season is open through Nov. 9.
All dove hunters must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and a general game and habitat license, regardless of age. In addition, hunters ages 16 and older need a small game license.
North Dakota’s deer archery season opens Friday, Sept. 4 at noon, and bowhunters are reminded that deer bow licenses and accompanying tags are only available through electronic purchase.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2015 is now available online at the Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, PLOTS Guides will be available at most license vendors throughout the state in early September.
Water levels at Fish Creek Dam in Morton County and Raleigh Reservoir in Grant County have been lowered while the State Water Commission completes repairs to the outlet structures.
Scott Gangl, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries management section leader, said while both lakes remain open for public use, recreationists should know that boat ramps at each lake are not usable. In addition, he said the low water level has exposed mud around the shoreline, making it difficult for anglers fishing from shore.
North Dakota’s 2015 waterfowl season is set, with noteworthy changes including a daily bag limit of two canvasbacks and three white-fronted geese.
Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 26 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Oct. 3. The season for swans opens Oct. 3 for both residents and nonresidents.
North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 3,655 licenses available to hunters,150 fewer than last year.
Prospective hunters, including gratis applicants, can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Paper applications will be available by Aug. 21 from Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors. The deadline for applying is Sept. 2
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s public hearing to address proposed amendments relating to aquatic nuisance species, originally set for Sept. 9, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 1:15 p.m., at the agency’s main office in Bismarck.
In addition, a public hearing to implement statutes for an elk license raffle for Annie’s House at Bottineau Winter Park, enacted by the most recent North Dakota Legislative Assembly, is also scheduled for the same time and place.
Harvest Information Program registration for all migratory game bird hunters, regardless of age, and a federal duck stamp for waterfowl hunters age 16 and older, are required beginning Sept. 1.
Migratory game birds include ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves and woodcock. Waterfowl includes ducks, geese, swans, mergansers and coots.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, local wildlife clubs and other sponsors will usher youngsters into fall during the annual Youth Outdoor Festival in Minot.
The event is Thursday, Sept. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Game and Fish Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park on the grounds of the North Dakota State Fair.
Young outdoor enthusiasts will experience a number of activities, including archery, fishing, waterfowl and upland game. Prizes will be awarded and food is provided.