North Dakota Game and Fish Department

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…

Fewer sharptails and Huns, more ruffed grouse expected in North Dakota hunts

Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) standing on his drumming logNorth Dakota’s popular hunting seasons for grouse and partridge will open Saturday, Sept. 9. State Game and Fish Department upland game biologist R.J. Gross says hunters will likely see fewer sharptails and Huns compared to last year, while ruffed grouse numbers are up from 2016. Gross said that hot, dry early summer…

In North Dakota, plotting out a PLOTS guide

The PLOTS program will have about 737,000 acres available for the fall 2017 hunting season. (North Dakota Game and Fish Department)The State Game and Fish Department recently posted the 2017 version of the North Dakota Private Land Open to Sportsmen, or PLOTS, guide to its website. In addition to the updated maps showing PLOTS acres and other public lands available…