West Fargo For as long as I can remember, party hunting has never been legal in North Dakota. Which means each individual hunter must take only his or her own daily limit, or fill his or her own deer tag. The same concept also applies to fishing. There is no legal distinction between shooting someone else's deer, and catching an extra fish to "help" your buddy fill out. Once a hunter or angler has reached the limit, he or she cannot legally shoot or catch anything that helps a partner reach their daily limit.
West Fargo With deer gun season getting underway, and upland game and waterfowl seasons continuing on, it's a good time for a reminder about hunting safety. Not that there is a bad time for such a reminder. Whether it's grouse hunting in September or deer hunting in November, the same rules apply and all it takes is one mistake to change a life or lives. Accidents can happen to anyone, though most of them are preventable. A misfire that results because a hunter jams the wrong caliber of shell into his or her rifle, could be prevented.
West Fargo Every year, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. Hunters with further questions are encouraged to call the Game and Fish Department at (701) 328-6300 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or access the hunting link at the department's website, gf.nd.gov. What licenses do I need for deer gun season?
West Fargo Chances are, just about anyone who has hunted in North Dakota for more than a year or two has received a post-season survey from the North Dakota State Game and Fish Department. It doesn't happen every year, but perhaps every handful of years or so your name will come up in the random selection process that determines who gets a survey to provide information on how many birds or what deer they got, how many days they hunted, and where, among other things.
West Fargo Thousands of North Dakota big game hunters are starting to count the days until their season opens in the coming weeks. Most have their sights set on the annual unofficial holiday that is opening day of deer gun season on Nov. 10, but a handful have perhaps a bit more anticipation stored up for their once-in-a-lifetime chance to hunt bighorn sheep, which starts on Nov. 3.
By the time North Dakota's deer gun season ends late next month, somewhere near 100,000 state residents will have hung a "Gone Hunting" sign on their front door at least once during the fall season. That's enough to fill up the Fargodome nearly five times, but all of us hunters are fortunate that we don't all try to gather at the same location, or even the same geographic region, at the same time.
West Fargo After the winter of 1996-97—arguably the worst winter for resident wildlife in the last half century—I remember hearing upland game biologist Lowell Tripp, and wildlife division chief Randy Kreil, now both retired, repeat over and over again the basic fact that North Dakota was on the northern tier of the pheasant range and winters "like this" are going to take their toll. They also related how such a winter probably wasn't a one-time phenomenon, which proved true a decade later, from December 2008 to spring 2013.
West Fargo As thousands of hunters fan out across North Dakota this fall to pursue waterfowl, pheasants and other game, I would like to send a message along.
West Fargo The concern over chronic wasting disease, a fatal disease of the nervous system of deer and elk, often draws comparisons to the threat of introduction of zebra mussels or other aquatic nuisance species. While the disease and the mussels affect different parts of the natural world, one of the primary strategies for addressing them both is minimizing or eliminating the potential for people to spread them to new areas. Which is why there are rules and regulations in place.
West Fargo For more than four decades, Americans have recognized the fourth Saturday in September as "National Hunting and Fishing Day." This year, that falls on Sept. 23, and Governor Doug Burgum has signed a proclamation officially recognizing that event in North Dakota as well.