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Equipment on Wildlife Management Areas

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds hunters that tree stands, ground blinds and game cameras cannot be placed on state wildlife management areas prior to Aug. 20.

Equipment set out prior to Aug. 20, or left on a WMA after Jan. 31 is considered abandoned property and is subject to removal.

In addition, an equipment registration number, or the owner’s name, address and telephone number, must be displayed on all equipment requiring identification.

Owners can generate an equipment registration number by visiting My Account at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. One registration number will be issued that can be used on all equipment that requires identification.

2016 Bow Licenses Available June 1

Hunters have been asking about the availability of archery deer tags for the 2016 hunting season.
photo by Craig Bihrle, ND    Game and FishThe North Dakota Game and Fish Department says its 2016 deer bow licenses and tags will be available online and at license vendors around the state starting on June 1. For a list of retail license vendors that will have this year’s bow licenses available, click here.

Non-Resident Any Deer Archery Tags

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 281 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2016.

photo by Harold Umber, ND Game and Fish

The deadline for applying is March 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.

The nonresident any-deer bow application is available at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. The application must be printed and sent in to the department.

The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation. The Game and Fish Department issued 1,875 antlered mule deer licenses in the 2015 deer gun license lottery.

Turkey Tags Remain in Unit 25

Fall turkey licenses remain in Unit 25 for hunters who do not have a license, or for those who want additional licenses. Hunters are allowed a maximum of 15 licenses for the fall season.

photo by Craig Bihrle, ND Game and Fish

Unit 25 covers McHenry County and portions of Pierce and Ward counties.

Resident and nonresident hunters can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.

The fall turkey season is open through Jan. 3, 2016.