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Be Courteous at Boat Ramps

Boaters are reminded to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives a number of complaints every year about overly aggressive behavior at boat ramps. A few simple reminders will help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat. […]

Leave Baby Animals Alone

  The North Dakota Game and Fish Department emphasizes a simple message to well-intentioned humans who want to pick up and rescue what appear to be orphaned baby animals – don’t touch them. Whether it is a young fawn, duckling, cottontail rabbit or a songbird, it is better to just leave them alone. More often […]

May North Dakota Outdoors magazine

The 2016 May issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is available FREE online right now. It’s a “catch” with a feature Walleye Tagging Study Delivers Answers  by editor Ron Wilson.  On a cold, windy April morning better suited for telling fishing stories indoors, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists tagged and released 21 […]

Don’t forget to apply for deer tag

North Dakota deer hunters are reminded the deadline for submitting applications for the 2016 gun season is June 1. Hunters are encouraged to apply online at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The deadline applies to muzzleloader, regular gun, gratis and nonresident landowner, and youth antlered mule deer applications (specifically for antlered mule deer in […]

Have You Seen? Transporting Fish Regulationis

  Many are taking advantage of the open waters and beautiful spring weather to get outside and do some fishing. In this week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, district game warden Corey Erck talks about some of the North Dakota fishing regulations and about how to properly transport the fish you catch. Watch the video right […]

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has many opportunities for volunteers to help with education efforts this summer. Anyone interested in helping Game and Fish’s conservation education efforts, and volunteering time to sustain the state’s outdoor heritage, can call Game and Fish at701-328-6615. Volunteer fishing camp instructors must become an official Game and Fish […]

Threat of Exotics in State Waters Continues

  Outdoor water recreationists are once again reminded to help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota. Current regulations require: ·         All aquatic vegetation must be removed from boats, personal watercraft, trailers and fishing equipment such as fishing poles, bait buckets, lures and waders before leaving a body of water. That means […]

2016 North Dakota Deer Applications Available

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 […]