North Dakota Game and Fish Department

In North Dakota, subpar 2017 hunter success could impact 2018 deer licenses

For the ninth consecutive year, the success rate of deer hunters in North Dakota in 2017 was below the 70 percent threshold that state wildlife officials consider a good season. Hunter success rate is one of the factors considers when determining deer licenses numbers, and “It very well may look like the number of licenses issued in 2017. It doesn’t jump out that there could be a great increase coming.”

Three-quarters of North Dakota pronghorn hunters find success

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Hunter success during last fall’s pronghorn hunting season was 75 percent, according to statistics provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish issued 410 licenses (255 lottery and 155 gratis), and 366 hunters took 275 pronghorn – 264 bucks, 10 does and one fawn. Each hunter spent an average of 2.4 days…

Tracking whoopers: North Dakota readies for migrating whooping cranes

The whoopers that do make their way through North Dakota are part of a population of about 400 birds that are on their way from wintering grounds at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas to their nesting grounds at Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada, a distance of about 2,500 miles. Anyone seeing these endangered birds as they move through the state is asked to report sightings so the birds can be tracked.

North Dakota fishing regulation changes: more angler-friendly paddlefish snagging regs

North Dakota’s 2018-20 fishing proclamation is set, with regulations effective April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2020. Noteworthy regulation changes include: The season for taking of nongame fish with a bow will now be open year-round. The transportation of live white suckers, other than within Richland, Cass, Traill, Grand Forks, Walsh and Pembina counties, is now illegal. The beginning of…

North Dakota fishing opportunities: Sakakawea walleye numbers strong; workshop set for spearfishers

(North Dakota Game and Fish)It’s not quite like shooting fish in a barrel. But fish numbers – walleyes, in this case – reportedly are swelling in North Dakota’s premier fishery. And, not far from Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River, spearfishing is the thing. Or, at the very least, a thing. Combine the two, and winter fishing opportunities would appear…