is proud to announce the inaugural Dale Kilwein half
marathon to be held in Dickinson August 24th and
25th 2015. Dale’s family is helping to continue
promoting Dales passion with education for all
persons with their attempt to raise funds to build a
Hunters Education Center in Dickinson ND.
NDHEA is proud to be able to assist in this endeavor
and ask all interested persons to read the flyer
supplied by his daughter Crystal and consider
participating in this goal by running, helping,
donating, sponsoring or just coming to Dickinson for
the fun and games.
Thank you for participating!
for new events on our events calendar page!
Information is available about our upcoming annual
meeting and events for North Dakota Game and Fish
annual award meeting and workshops coming up!
Click on the link to the left or
Executive Board is looking for a person to take the
District Representative Position vacated this year
by the passing of Dale Kilwein. This position will
be a two year position to begin following the annual
meeting in Minot at the Holiday Inn Riverside Motel
on February 15th.
If you wish to fill the
position, nominate someone for the position, or have
general questions, please contact either Clayton
701-238-7897)or Terry Fasteen (TFasteen@gmail.com,
March 16th Newsletter
Moose and Elk Applications Due March 25
Applications for this fall’s moose and elk hunting
seasons must be in the mail and postmarked before
midnight March 25.
apply online, or to
print out an application
to mail, access the North Dakota Game and Fish
gf.nd.gov. Applications are also
available at Game and Fish offices, county auditors
and license vendors.
Residents age 18 or older are reminded to prove
residency on the application by submitting a valid
North Dakota driver’s license number or a North
Dakota nondriver photo identification number.
Individuals mailing applications to the department
are advised to mail early because some post offices
use the following day’s postmark for mail received
after regular hours. The department’s online
application feature will be deactivated March 25 at
Hunters who have received a license through the
lottery in the past are not eligible to apply for
that species again.
2014 Deer Season Summarized
A total of 43,500 North Dakota deer hunters took
approximately 26,300 deer during the 2014 deer gun
The State Game and Fish Department made available
48,000 deer gun licenses in 2014, and all licenses
were issued. Overall hunter success was 60 percent,
with each hunter spending an average of 4.4 days in
Hunter success for antlered white-tailed deer was 60
percent, and antlerless whitetail was 56 percent.
Mule deer buck success was 82 percent. No mule deer
doe licenses were issued in 2014.
Hunters with any-antlered or any-antlerless licenses
generally harvest white-tailed deer, as these
licenses are predominantly in units with mostly
whitetails. Buck hunters had a success rate of 65
percent, while doe hunters had a success rate of 63
A total of 932 muzzleloader licenses were issued in
2014, and 814 muzzleloader hunters harvested 356
white-tailed deer (171 antlered, 185 antlerless).
Hunter success was 44 percent, with each hunter
spending an average of 5.4 days in the field.
In addition, a record 23,450 archery licenses
(21,500 resident, 1,950 nonresident) were issued in
2014. All total, 19,918 bow hunters harvested 6,046
deer (5,593 whitetails, 453 mule deer), for a
success rate of 30 percent. Bucks accounted for 78
percent of the harvest. Archers spent an average of
10.7 days afield.
The department is in the process of determining
recommendations for licenses in the 2015 deer
proclamation. These recommendations will be
discussed at the upcoming spring Game and Fish
public advisory board meetings, scheduled for March
30-31 and April 6-7. The proclamation will be sent
to the governor’s office for approval in late April.
In addition to harvest rates and winter aerial
surveys, the department monitors a number of other
population indices to determine license numbers,
depredation reports, hunter observations, input at
advisory board meetings, and comments from the
public, landowners and department field staff.
Fargo Angler Sets Cisco Record
Jack Fletcher’s catch on Feb. 28 broke a state
record for cisco that was established nearly 15
The Fargo angler reeled in a 2-pound, 9-ounce cisco
from Beaver Bay, Lake Oahe, breaking the old record
by 1 ounce.
The previous record was held since 2000 by two
family members from Pick City, Tylor and Scott Borup
Jr., who each reeled in a 2-pound, 8-ounce cisco
from the Garrison Dam Tailrace on the same day.
Advisory Board Meetings Announced
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North
Dakota Game and Fish Department spring advisory
board meeting in their area.
These public meetings, held each spring and fall,
provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish
and wildlife issues and ask questions of their
district advisors and agency personnel.
The governor appoints eight Game and Fish Department
advisors, each representing a multi-county section
of the state, to serve as a liaison between the
department and public.
Any person who requires an auxiliary aid or service
must notify the contact person at least five days
prior to the scheduled meeting date.
District 3 – Counties: Benson, Cavalier,
Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner
Date: March 30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Chautauqua Room, Lake Region State
College, Devils Lake
Host: Lake Region Pheasants Forever
Contact and advisory board member: Tom Rost, Devils
District 8 – Counties: Adams, Billings,
Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and
Date: March 30 – 7 p.m.
Location: St. John Lutheran Church, Dickinson
Host: Boy Scout Troop 32
Contact: Richard Stradling, 483-0019
Advisory board member: Dwight Hecker, Fairfield,
District 1 – Counties: Divide, McKenzie and
Date: March 31 – 7 p.m.
Location: Broadway Commons, Williston
Host: Upper Missouri United Sportsmen
Contact: Wayne Aberle, 770-6902
Advisory board member: Jason Leiseth, Arnegard,
District 6 – Counties: Barnes, Dickey,
Foster, Griggs, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh, Stutsman
Date: March 31 – 7 p.m.
Location: VFW Club, Valley City
Host: Barnes County Wildlife Federation
Contact: Perry Kapaun, 490-1797
Advisory board member: Joel Christoferson,
District 4 – Counties: Grand Forks, Nelson,
Pembina and Walsh
Date: April 6 – 7 p.m.
Location: Memorial Union, University of North
Dakota, Grand Forks
Host: UND Chapter of Wildlife Society
Contact: Marty Egeland, 739-6982
Advisory board member: Vacant
District 5 – Counties: Cass, Ransom,
Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill
Date: April 6 – 7 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Casselton
Host: Cass County Wildlife Club
Contact: Doug Madsen, 238-3087
Advisory board member: Duane Hanson, West Fargo,
District 2 – Counties: Bottineau, Burke,
McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward
Date: April 7 – 7 p.m.
Location: Verendrye Electric Cooperative, Velva
Host: Velva Sportsmen’s Club
Contact: Wade Howe, 626-1055
Advisory board member: Robert Gjellstad, Voltaire,
District 7 – Counties: Burleigh, Emmons,
Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver,
Sheridan and Sioux
Date: April 7 – 7 p.m.
Location: Civic Auditorium, Garrison
Host: Garrison Chapter of Pheasants Forever
Contact: Pat Stockdill, 337-5462
Advisory board member: Dave Nehring, Bismarck,
New Licenses Needed April 1
Spring light goose hunters, anglers and trappers are
reminded that 2015-16 licenses are required starting
The 2015-16 small game, fishing and furbearer
licenses are effective April 1, 2015 to March 31,
Licenses can be purchased
online by accessing the online services
link at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department
BIG GAME HUNTING APPLICATION
Many applications were not available yet but are
anticipated to start showing up over the next couple
Those applications that are know are shown here.
Deer: Non-resident archery March 1st
New fishing license required: April 1 2015
Paddle fishing opens May 1st
Spring Turkey: February 11, 2015
Deer Gun and Muzzle Loader June 3, 2015
Pronghorn Antelope August 5, 2015
Swan Permits August 19th
Elk: March 16th
Deer: March 16th
Antelope: June 1st
Bighorn Sheep: May 1st
Mountain Goats: May
Elk “B”: June
Spring Turkey: February 12th
Big Game: April 7st, includes:
Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Bison
Applications: January 31st
Elk: Jan 31st
Deer: March 15th
Antelope: March 15th
Spring Turkey: January 31
Super Tag: July 1st
Deer, Elk, Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Oryx, Ibex,
Javelina: March 18
Spring Turkey: April 15th-opener
Deer Bow: September19th
Fall Turkey: October 3rd
Deer Rifle: November 7th
Bear: May 2
Elk: June 13
Camp Ripley Archery: August 15
Bighorn Sheep-Mountain Goats-Moose: April 30th
Elk-Deer-Fall Bear-Antelope-Fall Turkey: June 5th
Elk-Deer-Antelope-Bighorn Sheep-Desert Bighorn
Mountain Goats: March 5th
NDHEA info regarding Mentored Hunts and Family
NDHEA is pleased to be offering assistance with
funding for Mentored Hunts and Family Shooting
Family Fun Shoot/Mentored Hunt policies
click here to download
a copy of the policies
Request for Participation (RFP) to conduct an
click here to download
the RFP form
All meetings are to be held at the North Dakota Game
and Fish Department building in Bismarck.
The following meetings will be held instead in Minot
Minot Holiday Inn Riverside
2200 East Burdick Expressway
Minot ND. 58701
- Fourth Quarter-Feb, 14th 8:00 - 10:00am
- Annual Meeting is Sunday Feb. 15th 8:30am
Raffle Winners announced!!
Drawing held 6-29-2014 5:00 PM at Scheels All Sports
– Bismarck ND
Winners of this year’s gift cards are as follows
Richard Brewster - Washburn, ND
Cory Hallen - Dickinson, ND
Sheri Ellingson - Grace City, ND
Curt Walen - Carrington, ND
Larry Kukla - Jamestown, ND
Gene Just - Jamestown, ND
Larry Kaul - LaMoure, ND
Scott Pedersen - Northwood, ND
Kerry Whipp - Courtenay, ND
Dale Kilwein - Dickinson, ND
THANK YOU! too everyone who help NDHEA this
year buy purchasing tickets or helping to sell them.
The money will be used to sponsor shooting events,
mentored hunting events, promotion for safe hunting
and to supply additional teaching aids across the
Have a great summer and safe hunting season!
Catalog Available for Hunters, Landowners
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the
North Dakota Game and Fish Department have reopened
the Coyote Catalog to connect coyote hunters and
trappers with landowners who want fewer coyotes in
The Coyote Catalog is an online database similar to
the one the Game and Fish Department uses to connect
deer hunters with farmers and ranchers.
“We’ve had a lot of success matching deer hunters
with landowners,” said NDGF Director Terry Steinwand.
“We hope the Coyote Catalog works out just as well.”
NDDA officials estimate livestock producers in North
Dakota lost more than $1 million last year to
coyotes. At the same time, coyotes are a popular
furbearer species for hunters and trappers.
“I encourage landowners, especially farmers and
ranchers who have problems with coyote depredation,
to sign up for the Coyote Catalog,” said Agriculture
Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Hunting and trapping
are valuable tools in managing these predators.”
Goehring and Steinwand said the U.S. Department of
Agriculture Wildlife Services should be the first
contact for landowners experiencing coyote
depredation of livestock.
Landowners can sign up on the NDDA website at
Required information includes county and contact
Hunters and trappers can
sign up at
the NDGF website at
Periodically throughout the winter, hunters or
trappers will receive information on participating
landowners, and they can then contact landowners to
Although the Coyote Catalog does not guarantee a
good match for every participating landowner or
hunter, Goehring and Steinwand said it has great
potential to focus hunting or trapping pressure in
areas where farmers and ranchers are experiencing
coyote depredation problems.
Anyone who registered for the Coyote Catalog in the
past must register again to activate their names on
The Coyote Catalog will remain active through March
31, and then start up again next winter.
NDGF Teaching Academy March 2015
The invitations for registration are anticipated within
the next two weeks. Highlights include:
- There is a tenative 70 person limit
- Registration/Check in is March 20th, 2015
- Will be at the Woodland Resort - Devils Lake ND
- Training is all day on March 21st
- Half day of training on March 22nd
This is to announce the first ever half marathon to
be held in Dickinson! As some of you may know, Dale
Kilwein passed away in May of 2014.
Dale was born and raised in Dickinson and was
co-owner of B&K Electric. He was very well known in the
community, contributed to many organizations and events.
He was the lead instructor of the Hunter Safety program
in Dickinson for 36 years and was the Region 9
Representative for the ND Hunter Education Association.
He had a true passion for his work but most
importantly for the Hunter Education program. Over the
years he struggled to have a place to hold classes. A
memorial account has been set up at Bank of the West.
With the funds we are going to build a facility to hold
hunter safety classes in and the opportunity for other
local organizations to use. There is a great start in
the account, but it is not enough to build a facility.
The proceeds raised from the races will go into the
account for the construction of the educational
The planned events will include a kids race, family
5k, half marathon and half-marathon relay; the runs will
have a hunting theme and take place on the Crooked Crane
Trail around Patterson Lake. We are looking to make this
an annual event and huge success with your help!
We are hoping to have 400+ participants and visitors to
participate and help to make our Memorial Run a huge
success. Please mark this on your calendar and plan on
joining us to bring Dales dream to provide Hunters
Education to all persons.
If you have any questions, would like to volunteer
your help with the event or assist with the fund raising
or provide a personal or corporate sponsorship, please
contact: Crystal @ 701-290-5728.
For information on our 501 3C to find sponsorship or
donation information, event updates, visit the website @firstname.lastname@example.org
Fires Banned on Oahe WMA
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is
prohibiting open burning this spring on property
managed south of Bismarck and Mandan, as a means to
reduce potential for wildfires on a heavily wooded
recreation area along the Missouri River.
Bill Haase, wildlife resource management supervisor,
said all open burning, including campfires, is
banned until further notice on the Oahe Wildlife
Management Area along both sides of the Missouri
River. Haase said these woodlands are prone to
wildfires prior to spring green-up.
"The combination of mild temperatures and a high
fuel load in the river bottoms is of concern," Haase
said. "In addition, it is an area of high use by
anglers, campers and other outdoor recreationists."
Oahe WMA covers more than 16,000 acres along Lake
Oahe south of Bismarck-Mandan, in portions of
Burleigh, Emmons, and Morton counties. Burning
restriction signs are posted at all entrances to the
and Moose Seasons Set, No Bighorn Sheep Season
North Dakota’s elk and moose hunting seasons are set
with more licenses available in 2015 than last year.
However, the bighorn sheep hunting season will be
closed for the first time since 1983.
A total of 301 elk licenses are available to hunters
this fall, an increase of 40 from last year. Unit E1
has an additional 15 any-elk and 15 antlerless
licenses, and unit E3 has an increase of 10
antlerless licenses. In addition, the split season
antlerless elk only portion of E1 is eliminated to
provide additional hunting opportunity and address
late-season depredation issues.
A total of 131 moose licenses are available in 2015,
an increase of 20 from 2014. Units M9 and M10 have
more licenses than last year due to high cow
survival and calf recruitment. Hunting units M1C and
M4 will remain closed due to a continued downward
trend in moose numbers in the northeastern part of
The bighorn sheep hunting season is closed this year
due to significant sheep mortality in 2014 caused by
bacterial pneumonia. North Dakota Game and Fish
Department wildlife chief Jeb Williams said an
intensive search during last year’s rut revealed a
majority of mature rams in the badlands were among
the sheep lost to disease. “The summer 2015 survey
will provide more information as to when Game and
Fish may be able to re-establish a sheep season,”
Online applications will be available March 6 by
visiting the Game and Fish Department’s website,
gf.nd.gov. Paper applications will be on
the website for printing, and at license vendors the
week of March 9. The deadline for applying is March
Elk and moose lottery licenses are issued as
once-in-a-lifetime licenses in North Dakota. Hunters
who have received a license through the lottery in
the past are not eligible to apply for that species
Now for Hunter Education Classes
Individuals interested in taking a hunter education
class in 2015 are reminded to register early as most
classes are held the first few months of the
To register for a
hunter education course,
students need to sign up online at the North Dakota
Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Many
classes will be added over the next several weeks,
and the rest will be added throughout the year as
they are finalized.
To register, click on the online services tab, and
“online course enrollment” under the hunter
education heading. Classes are listed by city, and
can also be sorted by start date. To register for a
class, click on “enroll” next to the specific class,
and follow the simple instructions. Personal
information is required.
Those who do not have access to the Internet and
want to sign up for a class can call the hunter
education program in Bismarck at 701-328-6615.
Individuals interested in receiving a notice by
email when each hunter education class is added can
click on the “subscribe
to news, email and text alerts”
link found below the news section on the
department’s home page. Check the box labeled
“hunter education class notification” under the
education program updates.
In addition, SMS text notifications of new classes
can be sent directly to a cell phone. Simply text
“NDGF HunterClass” to 468311 to subscribe to this
State law requires anyone born after December 31,
1961 to pass a certified hunter education course to
hunt in the state. Hunter education is mandatory for
youth who are turning 12 years old, and children can
take the class at age 11.
and Fish to Conduct Winter Creel Survey
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has
initiated a winter creel survey in the south central
part of the state to learn who is fishing and what
“Our guys will be hitting various small district
lakes scattered throughout south central North
Dakota, primarily in Logan and McIntosh counties and
northern Kidder County, where you find clusters of
lakes,” said Scott Gangl, department fisheries
management section leader.
This region-specific creel survey is a joint effort
between the department’s south central and
southeastern fisheries districts. The survey could
last for several weeks, running into March.
“What we’re after is the size, catch rates, species
and the quality of the fishing experience,” Gangl
said. “We want to know how far people have traveled
to get to a lake and does the distance they’ve
traveled influence the size of fish they are
Creel clerks will work mostly on weekends. Anglers
who agree to be interviewed will be asked a series
of questions, and the clerks will measure harvested
fish. Once the interview is completed, anglers will
be given an orange card to complete when they quit
fishing for the day.
Boxes will be placed at access points for anglers to
quickly drop off their cards when leaving the lake.
There is no need to stop at a box unless you are
returning a card.
Mountain Lion Season Closes in
Mountain lion hunting during the late season in zone
1 is closed immediately. The zone’s late-season
quota of seven was filled after three cats were
Zone 1 includes land south of ND Highway 1804 from
the Montana border to the point where ND Highway
1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from ND
Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea then south along
ND Highway 8 to ND Highway 200, then west on ND
Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S.
Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.
The mountain lion season in zone 2, which is the
rest of the state outside zone 1, has no quota and
is open through March 31, 2015.
Game and Fish to Maintain Current
Deer License System
The State Game and Fish Department has decided to
not implement its proposal to limit deer hunters to
only one license for the 2015 season.
While it is still months before the 2015 season is
set, that means deer hunters will again be able to
apply for deer gun and muzzleloader lottery
licenses, and also purchase an archery license.
Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand said the
decision involved several factors, including
substantial public input both for and against the
proposal, and significant costs needed to put the
new system in place.
“One of our goals is to increase the deer population
statewide, and we can still work toward that under
the current system,” Steinwand said.
Under the proposal that Game and Fish offered in
early November, in 2015 deer hunters who received a
lottery deer gun or muzzleloader license, or a
gratis license, would not have been able to purchase
an additional archery license.
Game and Fish drafted the proposal based on public
input and comments following eight special deer
meetings held in February 2014. The meetings were
set up to encourage public input on options for
changing the way deer licenses are distributed,
because of a significant reduction in the state’s
In 2014 Game and Fish allocated 48,000 deer gun
season licenses, compared to more than 140,000
licenses as recently as 2008.
In addition, Game and Fish used the recent fall
round of district advisory board meetings to further
discuss the resulting proposal. “Over the past
year,” Steinwand said, “we’ve had a thorough and
healthy discussion on the Department’s role in
For instance, in 2013 about 10,000 hunters had both
gun and bow licenses, while just over 20,000
prospective hunters who applied for a gun license
did not receive any type of deer license.
“This was a social issue more than it was a
biological issue,” Steinwand said, “but it is Game
and Fish’s responsibility to address how our
policies and regulations affect hunters as well as
wildlife. We will continue to look at all feasible
alternatives for future years that will provide
opportunity for the most hunters possible.”
Ice Awareness for Hunters, Anglers
Winter anglers and late-season hunters are reminded
to consider ice conditions before traveling onto and
across North Dakota lakes, as most small and mid-sized
waters currently give the appearance of safe foot
State Game and Fish Department boat and water safety
coordinator Nancy Boldt said ice thickness is never
consistent, especially this time of the year, and can
vary significantly within a few inches. “The edges
become firm before the center,” Boldt said. “So, with
your first step the ice might seem like it is strong
enough, but it may not be anywhere near solid enough
once you progress away from the shoreline.”
This was apparent last weekend as one hunter experienced
this while trying to retrieve a duck that had landed on
ice. “He went through up to his neck and his waders
filled with water, and the freezing temperature
instantly took his breath away,” Boldt said. “He was
extremely fortunate to be able to pull himself out, as
most people would not have been able to with the extra
Boldt said some tips include:
- Snow insulates ice, which in turn inhibits solid
ice formation, and hides cracks, weak and open water
- Avoid cracks, pressure ridges, slushy or darker
areas that signal thinner ice. The same goes for ice
that forms around partially submerged trees, brush,
embankments or other structures.
- Ice thickness is not consistent and can vary
significantly even in a small area. Ice shouldn’t be
judged by appearance alone. Anglers should drill
test holes as they make their way out on the lake,
and an ice chisel should be used to check ice
thickness while moving around.
- Daily temperature changes cause ice to expand
and contract, affecting its strength.
- The following minimums are recommended for
travel on clear-blue lake ice formed under ideal
conditions. However, early in the winter it’s a good
idea to double these figures to be safe: 4 inches
for a group walking single file; 6 inches for a
snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle; 8-12 inches for
an automobile; and 12-15 inches for a pickup/truck.
These tips could help save a life:
- Wear a personal flotation device and carry a
- Carry ice picks or a set of screwdrivers to pull
yourself back on the ice if you fall through.
- If someone breaks through the ice, call 911
immediately. Rescue attempts should employ a long
pole, board, rope, blanket or snowmobile suit. If
that’s not possible, throw the victim a life jacket,
empty water jug or other buoyant object. Go to the
victim as a last resort, but do this by forming a
human chain where rescuers lie on the ice with each
person holding the feet of the person in front.
- To treat hypothermia, replace wet clothing with
dry clothing and immediately transport victim to a
and Fish to Recommend One Deer License in 2015
A new plan under consideration by the State Game and
Fish Department would allow North Dakota deer
hunters only one license per year, starting with the
The preferred license distribution plan is the
result of a declining deer population and continuing
high license demand. “This year we had about 30,000
people who applied for a deer gun license and didn’t
get one in the lottery,” said Game and Fish wildlife
division chief Jeb Williams. “This new system will
give more people an opportunity to hunt deer each
year, compared to our current system.”
To gather input on possible changes, Game and Fish
held a series of public deer management meetings
across the state last winter. Hundreds of people
attended these meetings, and many more interested
hunters and landowners also provided written or
verbal comments on how Game and Fish might manage
deer license distribution, given the low population
of both whitetail and mule deer in much of the
Following the deer management meetings,
potential changes were also discussed at the spring
round of public Game and Fish advisory board
meetings held around the state.
“After evaluating all the input we received last
winter,” Williams said, “the general feedback we
heard is that hunters understand there is no longer
enough licenses so that everyone can get one for the
gun season, but at the same time, they don’t feel
the current system is equitably distributing
licenses, since some hunters can get two or even
three licenses when thousands of hunters get none.”
To begin to address that inequity, Game and Fish’s
preferred option for 2015 is to limit each hunter to
one deer license per year. Williams said that still
doesn’t guarantee that every gun hunter who applies
in the lottery will get a deer license, but it will
eliminate the possibility of someone getting
If deer populations rebound substantially, Williams
said the way licenses are allocated could return to
the current system. “However, we are dealing with
two dynamics that will make it difficult to do so
anytime soon,” Williams added. “We have a deer herd
that has been trending downward for several years,
and we also have a growing population of people who
possibly are interested in North Dakota’s hunting
and fishing opportunities.”
In the preferred option, a hunter who is successful
in the deer gun lottery would not be able to
purchase a bow license or receive a muzzleloader
license. However, as a way to provide additional
bowhunting recreation, a hunter with a lottery gun
license could also hunt with a bow any time during
the open archery season, but only for the deer and
unit specified on the license.
Resident hunters who apply in the deer gun lottery
and do not receive a license, will still be able to
purchase a bow license that is valid statewide for
“This is one of those things that we heard from
people who like to hunt with both gun and bow,”
Williams said. “They wanted to be able to apply for
a gun license, and if they didn’t get one, they
could still get a bow license. At the same time, if
they did draw a gun license, they wanted a chance to
hunt that deer with a bow during the archery season
“We know it’s not the same as having both a gun and
a bow license,” Williams added, “but we feel it’s a
fair compromise while we work toward rebuilding our
Another part of the preferred option is that hunters
would be able to apply simultaneously for the deer
gun and muzzleloader lotteries. The application
would allow choice of a preference, so if the
hunter’s name is drawn and both muzzleloader and
deer gun licenses are available at that time, the
computer would issue the hunter’s preferred license.
In such cases, the computer would then
remove the hunter’s name from the other lottery.
Also in that case, Williams said a hunter would
maintain the accumulated bonus points for the
application that was removed from the lottery.
In addition, Williams said hunters will not lose any
bonus points if they choose not to apply for a
Youth hunters under age 16 would be exempt under the
preferred option, and could get a bow license as
well as a deer gun or youth season license.
Gratis license holders could hunt in any open season
on their own land, but may only get one license per
Information Sought in Illegal
Taking of White-tailed Deer in Emmons County
North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game
warden Erik Schmidt is searching for answers in the
illegal shooting of four white-tailed deer in Emmons
County during opening weekend of pheasant hunting
Schmidt said two mature bucks, one a 4x4 and the
other a 5x5, were found in a bean field 1.5 miles
east of Strasburg. A doe and fawn were found in a
stubble field 5 miles southwest of Linton. It is
believed all four were shot late evening Oct. 11, or
early morning Oct. 12.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Report
All Poachers telephone number at 800-472-2121, or
contact Schmidt at 701-220-7160. RAP is offering a
The RAP line offers rewards for information that
leads to conviction of fish and wildlife law
violators. Reporting parties can remain anonymous.
Against Hunger Accepting Goose Meat
North Dakota’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program can
now accept donations of Canada geese taken during
the regular waterfowl hunting season.
Previously, the program could accept snow, blue and
Ross’s geese during the regular season, but Canada
goose donations were only allowed during the early
Canada goose season.
This new opportunity for hunters to donate goose
meat is part of a two-year pilot program between the
North Dakota Game and Fish Department and the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service.
“In the past couple of years we have heard from many
hunters who would like to donate geese taken during
the regular season,” said Game and Fish Director
Terry Steinwand. “We appreciate the Fish and
Wildlife Service setting up this pilot program so we
can see how well it works.”
North Dakota Community Action Sportsmen Against
Hunger program coordinator Sarah Hasbargen said the
additional donations accepted during this pilot
project will be a much-needed increase to food
pantries across the state. “We will accept as much
as hunters are able to donate,” Hasbargen said,
while mentioning donated goose meat must be received
no later than the day after the close of the season.
Provisions for donating goose meat during the
regular season are basically the same as for the
early Canada goose season. In addition, hunters can
also donate meat from geese that were taken during
the early season.
Hunters can bring their geese home and clean them
prior to delivering meat to a processor, but breast
meat brought from home without a wing or head
attached to the meat, must be accompanied by written
information that includes the hunter’s name,
address, signature, hunting license number, date
taken and species and number taken.
Hunters may also deliver geese directly from the
field to a processor, but identification must remain
attached to the bird until in possession of the
processor. Since no goose carcasses or feathers are
allowed inside processing plants, hunters must be
able to ensure proper disposal and clean-up of
The list of participating processors is available on
the Game and Fish Department website at
gf.nd.gov, and at
the NDCAP website,
Hunters interested in donating are encouraged to
call the processor before dropping off geese, to
have a clear understanding of how processors will
accept goose breasts, and their hours of operation.
The North Dakota Community Action Sportsmen Against
Hunger is a charitable program that raises money for
processing of donated goose and deer meat, and
coordinates distribution of donated meat to food
pantries in North Dakota. It is administered by the
North Dakota Community Action Partnership, a
nonprofit agency that serves low-income families
across the state.
SFor more information, visit the
or contact Sarah Hasbargen at 701-232-2452.