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North Dakota ice anglers are reminded that regulations designed to reduce the spread of aquatic nuisance species also apply in winter.

It’s important to reiterate that only legal live bait can be transported in water in a container up to five gallons. Bot game and nongame species cannot be transported in water, although a daily catch can be packed in snow. 

Other simple methods to prevent winter ANS introductions are:


North Dakota anglers are encouraged to refer to the 2012-14 North Dakota Fishing Guide or the State Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations.

In addition, anglers can access the Game and Fish website,, for an extensive list of fishing questions and answers, and a winter fishing preview from North Dakota Outdoors magazine.

Some winter fishing regulations include:


Winter anglers are encouraged to consider early ice conditions before traveling onto and across North Dakota lakes.

Keep in mind:


North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded the season for Canada geese closes Dec.


North Dakota’s fisher trapping season is closed immediately. The 15th fisher was trapped Nov. 30, filling the predetermined quota on the fifth day of the season.

Only North Dakota residents were able to participate, with a season limit of one animal per trapper. The open area was east of U.S. Highway 281 and ND Highway 4.




J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge is now open to ice fishing, including darkhouse spearfishing, according to state regulations. Ice fishing is open from April 1 through March 31 and darkhouse spearfishing is open from Dec. 1 through March 15. In past years, opening day for ice fishing on the refuge was Dec. 15.

For more information on J. Clark Salyer regulations, contact the refuge manager at (701) 768-2548, or visit


The 2013 North Dakota OUTDOORS calendar, the source for all hunting season and application dates for 2013, is now available. The annual calendar features outstanding color photographs of North Dakota wildlife, scenery and outdoor recreation, and it also includes sunrise-sunset times and moon phases.


Law enforcement authorities are looking for information in the illegal killing of two pronghorn and one moose during the opening week of the deer gun season.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game warden Jeff Violett said at least two pronghorn were shot and left along County Road 83 northwest of Mandan in Morton County. Based on the scene, it is possible more pronghorn were killed. The incident took place Sunday morning, Nov. 11.


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds deer hunters who did not fill an antlerless lottery license during the deer gun season, that these licenses are not valid during the upcoming muzzleloader season, or the remainder of the archery season.

For several years prior to 2012, hunters with unfilled concurrent season antlerless licenses could continue hunting during the muzzleloader season, using a muzzleloader. Similarly, hunters could also use a bow during the remainder of the archery season to fill these licenses.


To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2013, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.

Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2013 include:


Spring Crow

March 9

Spring Turkey

April 13


North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded the statewide duck and white-fronted goose seasons close Dec. 2. However, duck hunting in the high plains unit reopens Dec. 8 and continues through Dec. 30.

In addition, the season for Canada geese closes Dec. 20, except for the Missouri River Zone, which closes Dec. 28. Light goose hunting closes statewide Dec. 30.


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 for review by agency staff to ensure the proposed tournament will not have negative consequences or conflicts with other proposed tournaments for the same location and/or time.

Tournaments may not occur without first obtaining a valid permit from the department.


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