The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will once again track hunting and fishing issues during the 2013 legislative session.
Interested outdoor enthusiasts can follow proposed outdoors-related bills by logging onto the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.
A brief description of each bill will be included, along with the bill sponsor and hearing schedule. To view each bill in its entirety, click on the hot-linked bill number.
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., Jan. 18, at the department's main office in Bismarck.
Applicants must register to take the exam by submitting a letter of intent to chief game warden Robert Timian, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501 5095. Letters of intent must be submitted before 5 p.m., Jan. 17.
Winter anglers are reminded that any fish house left unoccupied on North Dakota waters must be made out of materials that will allow it to float.
A popular question this time of the year is if campers qualify as legal fish houses. The answer is the same for any structure taken on the ice – if it’s left unattended, it must be able to float; if it’s not able to float, it must be removed when the angler leaves the ice.
Other fish house regulations include:
Mountain lion hunting during the late season in zone 1 is closed immediately. The seventh cat was taken Dec. 14, filling the zone’s late-season quota.
Zone 1 includes land south of ND Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where ND Highway 1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from ND Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea then south along ND Highway 8 to ND Highway 200, then west on ND Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S. Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.
Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2013 should know that most courses are offered early in the calendar year.
To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up online at the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. 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’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is accepting registrations for a one-day winter workshop Jan. 26 at Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Darling, and a three-day workshop Feb. 22, 23 and 24 at Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau.
A darkhouse spearfishing class is offered for $50 at Upper Souris.
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, gf.nd.gov, 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 fws.gov/jclarksalyer/.