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Good news for North Dakota pheasant numbers

Photocredit:NDGF possible cutline: North Dakota’s spring pheasant population index is up 15% from the same time last year. 200722crowcount North Dakota Outdoors North Dakota Game and Fish Department   By Doug Leier  While my college transcript might indicate otherwise, I’ve always enjoyed statistics. That’s about the most positive spin I can put on my appreciation for numbers while giving credit […]

Bowhunter Education Field Day

A field day for students who have taken and passed an online bowhunter education course is Saturday, Aug. 1 from 1-5 p.m. at the Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site, located adjacent to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s main office in Bismarck.   An online course must be completed prior to taking the field day […]

Zebra Mussels Discovered in Lake LaMoure

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Lake LaMoure after a local game warden reported the finding earlier this week. Aquatic nuisance species coordinator Ben Holen said follow-up sampling confirmed well-established populations of zebra mussels of various ages, especially near the dam. It is unknown how the […]

Anglers Should Keep Fish Caught in Deep Water

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel encourage anglers to keep fish caught from depths of more than 25 feet, rather than practice catch-and-release. Scott Gangl, Game and Fish fisheries management section leader, said while catch-and-release is often encouraged under the right conditions, fish reeled in from this depth will likely die if released. […]

Spring Pheasant Count Up from Last Year

North Dakota’s spring pheasant population index is up 15% from the same time last year, according to the state Game and Fish Department’s 2020 spring crowing count survey. R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist, said the number of roosters heard crowing this spring was up statewide, with increases ranging from 1% to 18% in the […]

Deer Lottery Held, Licenses Remain

North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held and individual results are available online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Chief of administrative services Kim Kary said moving to an online lottery has resulted in reducing the time between the application deadline and the lottery run date. “It’s a major benefit in moving to an […]