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Individuals interested in taking the district game warden or warden pilot exams scheduled for March 18 are reminded to register no later than March 14, by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website, or the Game an


North Dakota spring light goose hunters can track general locations of geese as birds make their way through the state.

Hunters are able to call 701-328-3697 to hear recorded information 24 hours a day. Migration reports are also posted on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, Updates will be provided as migration events occur, until the season ends or geese have left the state.


Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civil organizations are urged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters program, a State Game and Fish Department grant program developed to assist recruitment of the next generation of hunters and shooters.

The maximum grant allowed is $3,000. The program currently helps fund approximately 40 club and organizational events and projects, with an average grant of $1,250.


While the deadline for removing permanent fish houses from North Dakota lakes is March 15, the State Game and Fish Department is urging anglers to consider removing their houses early in areas of the state where ice conditions are deteriorating, especially in the southern and western portions.


Boat owners purchasing watercraft from private individuals this winter are reminded to register it in their name with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.


North Dakota’s National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament is March 18-19 at the North Dakota State Fair Center in Minot.


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual midwinter waterfowl survey in early January indicated a record 222,890 Canada geese in the state.


North Dakota Game and Fish Department officials will host three public meetings this month to discuss the status of the state’s mountain lion population.

Results of a two-phase research project and biological findings from animals harvested over the last decade show the population has steadily declined over the past several years.


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled an examination to select candidates for the position of district game warden. The test is at 10 a.m., March 18, at the department's main office in Bismarck.


North Dakota’s spring light goose season opens Feb. 20 and continues through May 15.


Ice anglers in southwestern North Dakota should note that Raleigh Reservoir in Grant County is undergoing a chemical renovation this week and will no longer have live fish throughout the rest of winter and into spring.

The under-ice chemical application of rotenone is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, to eliminate an overabundance of northern pike that have taken over the lake since first discovered in 2009.


All individuals, regardless of age, who participate in darkhouse spearfishing are reminded to register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department prior to participating.

Free registration is available at the department’s website,, or through any Game and Fish Department office.

North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season closes March 15. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species.


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