Dakota Trails - North Dakota Outdoor Sports

First Fish Certificate

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding parents to capture their little angler’s first catch on a specially designed First Fish certificate. First Fish has no qualifying weights or measurements. The only requirement is the successful landing of a North Dakota fish. Certificates are available to all who request them, and have ample […]

Boat North Dakota Course

Boat owners are reminded that children ages 12-15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft alone this summer must first take the state’s boating basics course. North Dakota Game and Fish Department education coordinator Brian Schaffer recommends all boaters take a boater education course, however state law requires that only youngsters ages 12-15 must […]

Deer Season Set, Online Apps Available

North Dakota’s 2017 deer season is set with 54,500 licenses available to hunters this fall, 5,500 more than last year. The number of licenses available for 2017 includes 2,750 for antlered mule deer, an increase of 200 from last year; 1,022 for muzzleloader, an increase of 94 from last year; and 245 restricted youth antlered […]

RAP Auction May 20

Confiscated hunting and fishing equipment will be sold Saturday, May 20 at the North Dakota Wildlife Federation’s Report All Poachers auction in Minot. The auction is scheduled for 12 noon at the North Dakota State Fair Center’s 4-H hall. Auction items can be viewed beginning at 10 a.m. Items include more than 60 rifles, shotguns and handguns; fishing equipment, […]

Scholarships Available for Students

The North Dakota Game Wardens Association, Ray Goetz Memorial Fund and Kupper Chevrolet are providing $1,600 in scholarships to a graduating high school senior or current higher education student, majoring in fisheries, wildlife management or law enforcement. Applicants must be North Dakota residents, and have maintained a 3.25 grade point average. The scholarship will be […]

Hunters, Anglers Take Note of New Legislation

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 28 outdoors-related bills during the 2017 legislative session, 11 of which were passed by both chambers and signed into law. The following bills take effect Aug. 1, unless the bill includes an emergency clause which indicates it is already in effect. HB 1017 – Appropriates $83,277,498 to the Game […]

Moose and Elk Lotteries Held, Bighorn Sheep in September

North Dakota’s moose and elk lottery results are available online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Applicants can find individual results by clicking “my account” under the buy and apply link. Successful applicants will receive a letter the week of May 15, stating the license will be mailed after the successful applicant submits the correct license […]