From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department - Sage Grouse Counts Remain Low

Sage Grouse in flight from American Hunter magazineResults from North Dakota’s spring sage grouse survey indicate the number of strutting males observed remains well below management objectives. Therefore, the sage grouse hunting season will remain closed in 2013.

Aaron Robinson, North Dakota Game and Fish Department upland game bird biologist, said biologists counted a record low 50 males on 11 active strutting grounds earlier in May. Last year, 72 males were counted on 12 active leks in the southwest.

More on closure of Sage Grouse hunting season in North Dakota ...

From North Dakota Game & Fish - Hunting, Fishing License Fees Increase in 2014t

Jamie Brecht takes a Mule Deer in North Dakota Increases in North Dakota hunting, fishing and boat registration fees recently passed by the state legislature will not take effect until 2014.

Terry Steinwand, director of the State Game and Fish Department, said the current three-year boat registration cycle runs through December, and 2013-14 hunting and fishing licenses are in effect through next March. Therefore, registration fees for boat owners will go up Jan. 1, 2014, while hunters and anglers will see the license increase in April, 2014.

“This is the first time in many years we’ve seen such a wide range of license fee increases,” Steinwand said. “State legislators, hunters and anglers voiced overwhelming support during committee hearings and when voted on the floor. We heard that same type of support at statewide advisory board meetings last fall.”

More on North Dakota's increase in hunting fees ...

From North Dakota Game & Fish - Moose, Elk and Bighorn Sheep Seasons Set

the North Dakota Game and Fish Department North Dakota’s 2013 moose, elk and bighorn sheep proclamation is finalized and applications are available at the State Game and Fish Department’s website. The deadline for applying is March 27.

A total of 111 moose licenses are available in 2013, 32 fewer than last year.

Randy Kreil, Game and Fish Department wildlife chief, said a downward population trend in the northeastern portion of the state is of great concern. “Unit M1C will remain closed,” Kreil said, “and in addition, unit M4, which encompasses the Turtle Mountains, is also closed this year.”

More on North Dakota's 2013 Moose, Elk & Bighorn Sheep season ...

From ND Game & Fish - Fishing and Hunting Expenditure Report Finalized

the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Fishing and hunting in North Dakota contributed an estimated $1.4 billion in annual input to the state’s economy, according to a report by the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University.

The report, commissioned by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, tracked hunter and angler expenditures for the 2011-12 hunting and fishing seasons, and is similar to other studies conducted periodically since the late 1970s. 

More on the spending of North Dakota Hunters and Anglers in 2012 ...

Keep up to date with NRAblog

Powered by BlogEngine.NET Theme by Cylosoft © Copyright 2015 The National Rifle Association of America