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snow goose migration update

Update Date: April 15 Plenty of activity happened over the weekend, with mild temperatures causing birds to be on the move. We have received reports that snow geese are beginning to make their way into Canada, while most of the geese that remain in the state are north of Interstate 94. Birds will continue to […]

coming soon…paddlefish snagging season

Anglers and boat owners are reminded to review their licenses for the 2014 fishing and boating season. Anglers must have a 2014-15 fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. A new state law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by […]

current license needed

Anglers and boat owners are reminded to review their licenses for the 2014 fishing and boating season. Anglers must have a 2014-15 fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. A new state law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by […]

snow goose migration update

Update Date: April 11 As expected with the recent mild weather conditions, a major movement of snow geese is occurring in the state. Birds have been observed from the Canadian border to South Dakota. Temperatures for the weekend call for highs near 50 with lows around 30. Some Notes on the Spring Migration Route Snow […]

RAP auction

Confiscated hunting and fishing equipment will be sold Saturday, May 3 at the North Dakota Wildlife Federation’s Report All Poachers auction in Minot. The auction is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the North Dakota State Fair Center’s 4-H hall. Auction items can be viewed between 12-2 p.m. Items include more than 70 rifles, shotguns and […]

Open fires banned on Oahe WMA

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is prohibiting open burning this spring on property managed south of Bismarck and Mandan, as a means to reduce potential for wildfires on a heavily wooded recreation area along the Missouri River. Bill Haase, wildlife resource management supervisor, said all open burning, including campfires, is banned until further […]

snow goose migration update

Snow geese have been steadily moving into North Dakota, and the main push of the migration through the state should begin this week. Temperatures for the week are expected to be in the 60s with lows in the 30s. Some Notes on the Spring Migration Route Snow goose migration in spring tends to occur farther […]

good news on bighorn sheep

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual bighorn sheep survey revealed a minimum of 293 bighorn sheep in western North Dakota, virtually unchanged from the previous count of 297. In total, biologists counted 85 rams, 159 ewes and 49 lambs. Not included are 24 bighorn sheep introduced from Alberta in February, and approximately 30 […]

weekend snow goose advice

As a former game warden, biologist and sometimes hunter since the 1999 birth of the spring hunt the best snow goose advice I can give you going into the weekend is use the snowline and your gut as a guide. I’ve put the snow line link in here, but check the date/current conditions as the […]