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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is closing the state's 2016 regular paddlefish snagging season, effective at 9 p.m. Central Daylight Time, on Monday, May 9. Snaggers are reminded that Sunday and Monday are snag-and-release only.

The 2016-18 fishing proclamation allows for the Game and Fish director to close the snagging season early if it appears the harvest will exceed 1,000 paddlefish.


North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently stocked more than 40 local fisheries with catchable trout, catfish and pike.


North Dakota’s 2016 deer season is set with 49,000 licenses available to hunters this fall, 5,725 more than last year.

Jeb Williams, wildlife chief for the State Game and Fish Department, said population and harvest data indicate the state’s deer population is stable to increasing, primarily due to seven years of reduced gun licenses combined with mild winters.

“Consequently, a small increase in deer licenses will provide increased hunting opportunities while continuing to encourage population growth,” Williams said. “Most of the additional licenses are for antlered deer.”


North Dakota’s moose and elk lottery results are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website,

Applicants can find individual results by clicking “find lottery results/preference points” under the buy and apply link.

Successful applicants will receive a letter the week of May 2, stating the license will be mailed after the successful applicant submits the correct license fee.


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April, and results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population has increased 21 percent from last year.


Hunter success during last fall’s pronghorn hunting season was 81 percent, according to statistics provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

The season was held in units 3-B, 4-A and 4-C. Game and Fish issued 409 licenses (266 lottery and 143 gratis), and 385 hunters took 312 pronghorn, consisting of 286 bucks, 15 does and 11 fawns. Each hunter spent an average of 2.4 days afield.

The 2016 pronghorn hunting season will be determined in early July. 


A Tennessee man has lost his hunting privileges for 18 months and was fined more than $4,000 for acting as a hunting outfitter in North Dakota without a license.

Robert “Adam” Whitten, 40, of Counce, Tenn., was charged Oct. 24, 2015, by district game warden Erik Schmidt, Linton, after Schmidt followed up on a complaint of unlawfully placed “No Hunting” signs on private property.


The State Game and Fish Department is asking for help in locating bald eagle nests in North Dakota.


The Graner Bottoms boat ramp located south of Mandan will close Monday, April 25 for approximately 2-4 days for minor repairs.


North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists are on the final leg of a four-year walleye tagging study on the Missouri River and Lake Oahe.


A hunter education course for women only is offered in May at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s main office in Bismarck.

The course involves one evening of classroom instruction, self-paced internet classes, a written exam and an instructional clinic for shooting shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders.


A paddlefish tag is required to participate in North Dakota’s paddlefish snagging season, which opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through the end of May. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 24-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department.


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