Dakota Trails - North Dakota Outdoor Sports

Fish House Regulations

    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 year is if campers qualify as legal fish houses. The answer is the same for any structure taken on the ice […]

Tentative 2017 Season Opening Dates

To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2017, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year. Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2017 include: Spring Turkey - April 8 Deer and Pronghorn Bow, Dove, Mountain Lion […]

Ice Awareness for Hunters, Anglers

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is urging winter anglers and late-season hunters to use extreme caution when venturing out on ice until the state has experienced a prolonged period of subfreezing temperatures. Heavy snow and wind accompanying a late November snowstorm over parts of the state are creating slush in many lakes, which […]

Register to Darkhouse Spearfish

All individuals who participate in darkhouse spearfishing must first register online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish Department office. Two notable changes from last year related to spearing are that materials used to mark holes must be in possession of anglers and spearers as soon as a hole […]

Late-Season Hunting Opportunities End Soon

North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded the statewide duck and white-fronted goose seasons close Dec. 4. However, duck hunting in the high plains unit reopens Dec. 10 and continues through Jan. 1, 2017. In addition, the season for Canada geese closes Dec. 22, except for the Missouri River Zone, which closes Dec. 30. Light goose hunting closes statewide Jan. 1, 2017. Archery deer, fall turkey, […]

Berthold, Hankinson, Jamestown, Bismarck Advisory Board Meetings Postponed

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s advisory board meetings scheduled for tonight and tomorrow in Berthold, Hankinson, Jamestown and Bismarck have been postponed two weeks due to inclement weather. The meetings in Berthold and Hankinson are rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 12; and Bismarck and Jamestown are rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13.   District 2 – Counties: Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, […]

Have You Seen?

North Dakota Outdoors Webcast Hunter surveys are critical for successful game management. Learn more about these surveys in this week’s webcast with game management section leader Stephanie Tucker. Watch the full video right here The Game and Fish Department YouTube channel is here