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  • NDGF news: deer season set, apply online

    May 27, 2024

    North Dakota’s 2024 deer season is set, with 50,100 licenses available to hunters, down 3,300 from last year. In addition, muzzleloader licenses decreased by 66 and restricted youth antlered mule deer licenses remained the same. Casey Anderson, North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife division chief, said population, harvest and survey data indicate the state’s deer population is stable to decreasing in the southeastern part of the state. The spring mule deer survey showed western North Dakota’s population is 1% higher than last year,...

  • 2024-26 Fishing regulations set

    Apr 1, 2024

    North Dakota’s 2024-26 fishing proclamation is set, with regulations effective April 1, 2024, through March 31, 2026. New fishing licenses are required April 1. Anglers can find the North Dakota 2024-26 Fishing Guide online at the state Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or at Game and Fish Department offices and license vendors throughout the state. See the summary of changes in the ad at left. The 2024-25 fishing licenses can be purchased online by visiting the Game and Fish website....

  • North Dakota Outdoors: The Endangered Species Act turns 50

    Doug Leier|Jan 1, 2024

    I can easily recall in the late 1980s seeing an endangered bald eagle feeding on a deer carcass off the road west of Napoleon in Logan County. Back in those days, if you saw a bald eagle and you could take a picture, you did. At the least you mentally marked the date, time and place and you made sure to phone it in. It was a big deal. While I'm still partial to the sight of a bald eagle, it's become rather routine thanks to the amazing recovery of the population. It's gotten to the point that...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: Jan. 1, 2024

    Patricia Stockdill|Jan 1, 2024

    Outdoor notes: Time seems to move so quickly nowadays and after more than three decades of freelance writing, it's time to move on to different adventures. This week's report signals an end of my work with as the creator of the Transcript's Dakota Recreation Report, although I will still continue doing some writing. Thank you, readers, for taking time to check out what's happening each week; sponsors for supporting it; Craig (the first publisher to pick up the report when I contacted newspapers...

  • NDGF News: Jan. 1, 2024

    Jan 1, 2024

    Darkhouse spearfishing registration Individuals required to possess a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) to darkhouse spearfish must first register online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Darkhouse spearing is allowed for all anglers with a valid fishing license and for youth under age 16. Northern pike and nongame fish are the only legal species statewide, while walleye can be speared at Stump Lake and the Devils Lake complex south of U.S. Highway 2 and the...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: Dec. 25, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Dec 25, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges and springs. Check conditions as you go along on the ice and don’t move around at night. *Dec. 29: Missouri River Canada Goose Zone and light goose seasons close. *Dec. 31: High Plains Duck Unit and tundra swan seasons close. *Jan. 7, 2024: Grouse, partridge, pheasant, turkey and archery deer seasons close. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, Dec. 19: 1,449.28 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: Dec. 18, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Dec 18, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges and springs. Check conditions as you go along on the ice and don’t move around at night. *Dec. 21: West Canada Goose Zone closes. *Dec. 25: Have a wonderful Christmas. *Dec. 29: Missouri River Canada Goose Zone and light goose seasons closes. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, Dec. 12: 1,449.23 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stump Lake elevation: 1,449.16 MSL. *Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: Dec. 11, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Dec 11, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Current ice conditions on many lakes aren’t conducive for access. Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check conditions as you go along on the ice and don’t move around at night. *Dec. 9: High Plains Duck season now open. Refer to N.D. Game and Fish Dept. regulations for open zone description. *Dec. 13: Registration opens for Feb. 9 – 11, 2024 WOW, Wild Outdoor Women, Lake Metigoshe State Park. Go to the N.D. Parks...

  • NDG&F Department News: Dec. 11, 2023

    Dec 11, 2023

    Late season hunting dates The statewide duck and white-fronted goose seasons closed Dec. 3. However, duck hunting in the high plains unit reopened Dec. 9 and continues through Dec. 31. In addition, the season for Canada geese closes Dec. 16 in the eastern zone, Dec. 21 in the western zone and Dec. 29 in the Missouri River zone. Light goose hunting closes statewide Dec. 29. Archery deer, fall turkey, sharp-tailed and ruffed grouse, partridge and pheasant hunting seasons continue through Jan. 7. The season for tree squirrels closes Feb. 29....

  • Dakota Recreation Report: Dec. 4, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Dec 4, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Current ice conditions on any lakes aren’t conducive for access. Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges and springs. Check conditions as you go along on the ice and don’t move around at night. *Dec. 9: High Plains Duck season opens. Refer to N.D. Game and Fish Dept. regulations for open zone description. *Dec. 16: East Canada Goose Zone season closes. *Dec. 17: Muzzleloader deer season closes. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, Nov....

  • Dakota Recreation Report: Nov. 27, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Nov 27, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Deer hunters need to beware of carcass and licensing transportation regulations. *Beware of the potential for thin ice on wetlands and lakes when hunting, including when bird hunting with dogs. *Please park out of the way of other vehicles and farm equipment on prairie roads and trails. *Nov. 27: N.D. Game and Fish Dept. public advisory meeting, Esmond Fire Hall, 7 p.m. *Nov. 27: Mountain lion Late Season Zone 1 opens. *Nov. 29: Dove season closes. *Dec. 1: Muzzleloader deer...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: November 20, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Nov 20, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Deer hunters need to beware of carcass and licensing transportation regulations. *Beware of the potential for thin ice on wetlands and lakes when hunting, including when bird hunting with dogs. *Please park out of the way of other vehicles and farm equipment on prairie roads and trails. *Nov. 23: Happy Thanksgiving. *Nov. 26: Deer gun season closes. *Nov. 26: Mountain lion Zone 1 season closes. *Nov. 27: N.D. Game and Fish Dept. public advisory meeting, Esmond Fire Hall, 7 p.m....

  • Dakota Recreation Report: November 13, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Nov 13, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Beware of the potential for thin ice on wetlands and lakes when hunting, including when bird hunting with dogs. *Please park out of the way of other vehicles and farm equipment on prairie roads and trails and avoid tearing up them up with muddy conditions across much of the state. *Nov. 18: Ducks Unlimited and Pekin Rod & Gun Club wild game feed, Pekin Community Center, 5 p.m. *Nov. 23: Happy Thanksgiving. *Nov. 26: Deer gun season closes. *Nov. 26: Mountain lion Zone 1 season...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: November 6, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Nov 6, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Please park out of the way of other vehicles and farm equipment on prairie roads and trails. *Nov. 6: Fall crow season closes. *Nov. 10: Deer gun season opens. *Nov. 12: Sandhill crane season closes. *Nov. 18: Ducks Unlimited and Pekin Rod & Gun Club wild game feed, Pekin Community Center, 5 p.m. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, Oct. 31: 1,499.35 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stump Lake elevation: 1,449.34 MSL. *Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,840.06 MSL; 16,900 cubic feet per se...

  • Hunters encouraged to have deer tested for CWD, reminded of disposal requirements

    Nov 6, 2023

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2023 hunting season by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease from select units in the southeastern portion of the state. Samples will be tested from deer taken from units 2A, 2B, 2F2, 2G, 2G1, 2G2, 2H, 2I and 2J2. Outside of this area, hunters can still have their animal tested by taking it to a Game and Fish district office, deer head collection site or by using a self-sampling kit. CWD is a slow-moving brain disease of deer, moose...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: October 16, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Oct 16, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Blue-green algae is still present in some area wetlands and lakes so watch water conditions before allowing hunting dogs into the water. It’s deadly and death can occur in minutes. *Be sure of proper bird identification with partridge, grouse and young pheasants. *Please park out of the way of other vehicles and farm equipment on prairie roads and trails. *Oct. 22: Pronghorn season closes. *Oct. 27: James Valley Pheasants Forever banquet, Club 1883, Jamestown, 5 p.m. *Oct. 28: M...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: October 9, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Oct 9, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Blue-green algae is still present in some area wetlands and lakes so watch water conditions before allowing hunting dogs into the water. It’s deadly and death can occur in minutes. *Be sure of proper bird identification with partridge, grouse and young pheasants. *Please park out of the way of other vehicles and farm equipment on prairie roads and trails. *Oct. 12: Devils Lake Ducks Unlimited dinner, Devils Lake KC Club, 5:30 p.m. *Oct. 14: Turkey season opens. *Oct. 24: P...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: October 2, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Oct 2, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Be sure of proper bird identification with partridge, grouse, and young pheasants. *Please park out of the way of other vehicles and farm equipment on prairie roads and trails. *Oct. 4: Pierce Co. Ducks Unlimited dinner, Rugby Eagles Club, 5:30 p.m. *Oct. 6: Pronghorn season opens. *Oct. 7: Pheasant season opens. *Oct. 12: Devils Lake Ducks Unlimited dinner, Devils Lake KC Club, 5:30 p.m. *Oct. 14: Turkey season opens. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, Sept. 26: 1,449.59 feet...

  • Dakota Recreational Report: Sept. 25, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Sep 25, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Be sure of proper bird identification with partridge, grouse and young pheasants. *Please park out of the way of other vehicles and farm equipment on prairie roads and trails. *Sept. 30: Nonresident waterfowl season opens. *Sept. 30: Flannel Fest, Lewis & Clark State Park. *Sept. 30 & Oct. 1: Youth pheasant season. *Oct. 6: Pronghorn season opens. *Oct. 7: Pheasant season opens. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, Sept. 19: 1,449.45 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stump Lake...

  • North Dakota Outdoors: Private Land Open to Sportsmen (PLOTS)

    Doug Leier|Sep 11, 2023

    The goal of the Private Land Open To Sportsmen program is to provide walk-in public access for hunting on private land. Just because hunters are allowed access doesn’t mean it’s open for any type of use. Even if you are hunting, PLOTS agreements do not allow activities such as horseback riding, camping, placing bait for any purpose, driving ATVs or snowmobiles, dog training and many others, without written permission from the landowner. All PLOTS property is open only for public walk-in access f...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: September 11, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Sep 11, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Sept. 15: Early Canada Goose Western Zone closes. *Sept. 16: Sandhill crane season opens. *Sept. 21: Valley City Ducks Unlimited Hunter’s Party, Valley City Eagles Club, 5:30 p.m. *Sept. 22: Eastern Zone Early Canada Goose closes. *Sept. 23: Resident waterfowl season opens. Tournaments: *Sept. 23: Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson State Park. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, Sept. 5: 1,449.6 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stump Lake elevation: 1,449.77 MSL. *Lake Sakakawea e...

  • North Dakota Game & Fish Department News

    Sep 11, 2023

    CWD testing during deer bow, elk, moose seasons With the deer bow, elk, and moose seasons opening soon, North Dakota Game and Fish Department officials remind hunters of the options for getting animals tested for chronic wasting disease. Area hunters can drop off heads at any of the following locations: • Devils Lake – North Dakota Game and Fish Department district office, 7928 45th St NE. • Jamestown – North Dakota Game and Fish Department district office, 3320 E Lakeside Road. • Lonetree – North Dakota Game and Fish Department district of...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: August 28, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Aug 28, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Low toxin levels – Black Tiger Bay (Devils Lake), Benson Co.; Clausen Springs, Barnes Co.; Crystal Springs, Kidder and Stutsman counties; East Stump Lake, Nelson Co.; Heckers Lake, Sheridan Co.; Horsehead Lake, Kidder Co.; Lake Josephine, Kidder Co.; Moon Lake, Barnes Co.; Pipestem Reservoir, Stutsman Co.; Reule Lake, Stutsman Co.; South Hoffer Lake, Sheridan Co.; Spiritwood Lake, Stutsman Co. Advisory – Alkali Lak...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: August 21, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Aug 21, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Low toxin levels – Black Tiger Bay (Devils Lake), Benson Co.; Clausen Springs, Barnes Co.; Crystal Springs, Kidder & Stutsman counties; East Stump Lake, Nelson Co.; Heckers Lake, Sheridan Co.; Horsehead Lake, Kidder Co.; Lake Josephine, Kidder Co.; Moon Lake, Barnes Co.; Reule Lake, Stutsman Co.; South Hoffer Lake, Sheridan Co.; Spiritwood Lake, Stutsman Co. Advisory – Alkali Lake, Stutsman Co.; Jamestown Res...

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