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


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 5,815 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, the same as last year.

Five of the 22 hunting units have slightly more spring licenses than in 2015, two have fewer and 15 remain the same. Unit 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed in 2016 due to lack of turkeys in the unit.


Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2016 are reminded to register early as most classes are held the first few months of the calendar year.

To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is informing landowners about a series of Conservation Reserve Program workshops hosted by Pheasants Forever. These workshops are intended for landowners interested in learning more about the CRP general signup, which began on Dec.

North Dakota citizens with an interest in supporting wildlife conservation programs are reminded to look for the Watchable Wildlife checkoff on the state tax form.
The state income tax form gives wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to support nongame wildlife like songbirds and birds of prey, while at the same time contributing to programs that help everyone enjoy all wildlife.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 281 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2016.

The deadline for applying is March 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.


The State Game and Fish Department may have some program options that could help North Dakota landowners who want to enroll land in the federal Conservation Reserve Program.


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds winter anglers to clean up the ice after fishing. This not only applies to trash, but fish as well.


North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded that the Missouri River zone Canada goose season closes at 2 p.m. Jan. 1, and the high plains duck and statewide light goose seasons continue on through Jan. 3.

Archery deer, fall turkey, sharp-tailed and ruffed grouse, partridge, pheasant and tree squirrel hunting seasons also continue through Jan. 3, 2016.

More information on the Missouri River zone and high plains duck unit boundaries is available at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at


North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand recently honored a number of employees with performance-based awards. Steinwand presented the following awards at the department’s annual staff meeting Dec. 10.


Dan Halstead, wildlife resource management supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Riverdale, received the agency’s Director’s Award for professional excellence during the Department’s annual meeting Dec. 10 in Bismarck.


Blake Riewer, North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game warden stationed in Grand Forks, is the state’s 2015 Wildlife Officer of the Year. Riewer was honored recently by the Shikar-Safari Club International, a private conservation organization that annually recognizes outstanding wildlife officers in each state.


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