A large-scale outbreak could impact hunting in the region this fall.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department
This year, a record of nearly 17,000 people applied for licenses, with six licenses allocated for upcoming season.
In the first seven days of this year’s walleye production, haulers traveled more than 8,200 miles and stocked over 150 lakes with 7.6 million fish.
Scott Phipps, of Hatton, N.D., and the 31-inch tagged walleye he caught on Creel Bay of Devils Lake. (Photo courtesy of Scott Hall)Catching a trophy walleye is one thing, but when that amazing fish also carries a tag, and from 11 years ago … well, that’s indeed a fish of a lifetime. For the complete story, click here. Categories: News,…
An annual spring survey by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department estimates 3.98 million breeding ducks in the state.
And it’s just the second time the disease has been detected in bats in the state.
Five adult moose, including two bulls and three cows, were shot and killed sometime around April 25 through April 30 southwest of Dunseith. One of the cows was pregnant with triplets and had two calves cut out of her.
Two mule deer taken in September have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, including one taken during the archery season from deer gun unit 4B in McKenzie County, where CWD had not previously been found.
Observers recorded five broods and 39 pheasants per 100 miles. Sharptails observed per 100 miles are up 113% statewide from 2018, and partridge are up 58%.
A European cousin of the walleye, the fish weighed 15 pounds, 15 ounces and measured nearly 36 inches.
Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently finished stocking more than 140 lakes across the state with walleye fingerlings, completing one of the largest stocking efforts in the history of the agency.
Statistics from the spring sharp-tailed grouse census indicate a 9 percent increase in the number of male grouse counted compared to last year.
The problem with attaining the mark is twofold: There is less grassland in the state due to farmers putting millions of acres of idled land once enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program back into crop production.And drought has impacted many parts of the state the past couple of years.
The invasive was verified in the James River near LaMoure.
72nd annual spring breeding duck survey showed an index of 3.4 million birds, up 20 percent from last year. That’s the 22nd highest index on record and stands 40 percent above the 71-year average.
The primary regions holding pheasants ranged from up 14 percent in the southeast and up 17 percent in the northwest, to down 8 percent in the southwest, and the count in the northeast, which is not a primary region for pheasants, was up 33 percent from last year.
After an investigation, it was concluded that the fish was foul-hooked, and therefore cannot be recognized as a state record.
Increases in all categories add up to 65,500 licenses available to hunters this fall, 10,350 more than last year.
Reaching state-set goal for deer licenses would represent a significant bounce-back from several harsh winters about a decade ago that impacted both the white-tailed deer and mule deer populations. That in turn would mean a boost to the state’s economy.
The bill to authorize $1.5 million for an aquatic nuisance species prevention program is awaiting final approval from Gov. Doug Burgum.
But population is said to be above objective and remains at a level able to support more hunting opportunities this fall.
Game and Fish Department biologists counted 283 bighorns in a population survey that began last fall and was completed in March to see how many lambs survived the winter. The total number is up 7% from the previous year’s count of 265, which was the lowest in a dozen years.
And mule deer buck success was 81 percent, and antlerless mule deer was 83 percent.
Record that before last year had stood for nearly 60 years lasts about 11 months this time around.
Following the positive detection, Game and Fish removed an additional 52 deer for testing. All tested negative.
State wildlife agency last year more than doubled the number of pronghorn licenses from the previous year, due to a rebound in the population.