Despite the heavy snow that covered much of the state in December, major widespread fish kills not expected.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department
This year, a record 614 archers competed in the North Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program state bull’s-eye tournament, a 15 percent increase from the mark set last year.
Change could mostly affect out-of-state hunters, who plan in advance and might be leery of scheduling later in the year due to wintry weather.
Anyone seeing these birds as they move through the state is asked to report sightings so the birds can be tracked.
A conditional season in zone 1 will open March 21 for hunters to pursue the additional five mountain lions that were not taken during the early season. The zone 1 early season quota was eight, and only three were taken.
Anglers and hunters may purchase new licenses starting today at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website and at more than 140 vendor locations throughout the state.
Applications are available online now, with paper applications scheduled to arrive at vendors by March 10, and the deadline to apply for the hunts is March 22.
Remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning March 15.
Hunters may call the light goose “hotline” to hear recorded information 24 hours a day, and migration reports are also posted on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website.
The spring season is only open to light geese – snows, blues, and Ross’s. Species identification is important because white-fronted and Canada geese travel with light geese. The season is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department cost-share program helps landowners prevent damage to their property
One of the 22 hunting units has slightly more spring licenses than in 2016, five have fewer and 15 remain the same
Doe, buck were taken during gun season in southwestern part of the state
But North Dakota Game and Fish Department promotes habitat development that can provide critical winter thermal cover, and food plots should be considered and planted near adequate winter cover
And as habitat continues to disappear, protection from winter’s elements is limited