North Dakota Hunting News

North Dakota Pronghorn Population Low, GFD Considers No Season

North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists recently completed the 2011 pronghorn population survey, which revealed the statewide population is 30 percent lower than last year. Therefore, the Game and Fish Department is recommending the pronghorn hunting season remain closed in 2011.

North Dakota's Fall Turkey Season Set

North Dakota's fall turkey season is set with 4,630 licenses available to hunters, according to Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor for the state Game and Fish Department.

This year's figure is down 20 percent from last year. However, 1,300 additional licenses may be used early this fall in specific hunting units if turkey reproduction is exceptionally good this spring.

North Dakota BOW Workshops Available

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is still accepting registrations for three Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops in 2011.

North Dakota's Deer Season Apps Available Soon

North Dakota's 2011 deer season is set with 109,950 licenses available to hunters this fall, 6,825 fewer than last year and the lowest since 2001.

Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said a continued reduction in deer numbers was evident in nearly all of North Dakota, except for some prairie units in the southwest.

North Dakota Bighorn Sheep Population Holds Steady

North Dakota's bighorn sheep population has remained stable despite three consecutive severe winters, according to Brett Wiedmann, big game biologist for the State Game and Fish Department in Dickinson.

North Dakota Spring Turkey Season Begins April 9th

North Dakota's spring turkey season opens Saturday, April 9 and continues through May 15.

Hunters are reminded a 2011-12 hunting license is required, as last year’s 2010-11 licenses expired March 31. In addition to the spring turkey license, hunters must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate, and a general game and habitat license. Also, hunters ages 16 and older must possess a small game license, or combination license.

North Dakota Issues All Non-Resident Any Deer Archery Tags

North Dakota's nonresident any-deer archery licenses, good for either whitetail or mule deer, have all been issued by lottery drawing for the 2011 bow season.

A total of 1,091 licenses were available, with 1,172 nonresidents submitting an application by the March 1 deadline. Unsuccessful applicants have their name placed on a waiting list if any licenses are returned.

North Dakota Spring Tukey License Apps Due Feb. 16th

The state Game and Fish Department is offering 6,720 wild turkey licenses for the spring hunting season, an increase of 80 from last year. The increase is a result of better turkey production in spring 2010, mostly in the hunting units bordering the Missouri River.

Six of the 22 hunting units have an increase in the number of spring licenses from 2010, while three have a decrease. Unit 21 (most of Hettinger and Adams counties) will remain closed in 2011 due to lack of turkeys in the unit.

North Dakota Non-Resident Archery Deer Apps Due March 1st

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 1,091 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2011.

North Dakota Tracking Hunting and Fishing Issues Legislation Again

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will once again track hunting and fishing issues during the 2011 legislative session.