This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams talks about the 2015 deer lottery. Click here to Watch! and find full details about the 2015 deer season by clicking here or here http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/big-game/deer2
Boaters are reminded to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives a number of complaints every year about overly aggressive behavior at boat ramps. A few simple reminders will help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat.
Don't pull onto ramp until your boat is ready to launch.
Prepare for launching in the parking area. Remove covers, load equipment, remove tie downs, attach lines and put in drain plug, before backing onto the ramp.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department emphasizes a simple message to well-intentioned humans who want to pick up and rescue what appear to be orphaned baby animals â€“ donâ€™t touch them. Whether it is a young fawn, duckling, cottontail rabbit or a songbird, it is better to just leave them alone.
More often than not young animals are not abandoned or deserted, and the mother is probably watching nearby. Young wildlife are purposely placed into seclusion by their mothers to protect them from predators.
Outdoor water recreationists are once again reminded to help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota.
State Game and Fish Department ANS coordinator Fred Ryckman applauds the efforts of those who keep North Dakota waters free of unwanted species.
Muscle tissue and eggs from 30 paddlefish snagged this spring have come back clear of any lingering effects from an oil spill in the Yellowstone River in Montana last January.
State Game and Fish Department fisheries chief Greg Power said Game and Fish and North Star Caviar, a nonprofit group that processes paddlefish eggs into caviar for sale, sent the samples to a lab for analysis to find out whether there was any contamination from 30,000 gallons of crude oil that entered the Yellowstone River near Glendive following a pipeline break in mid-January.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish conservation supervisor Steve Dyke talks about the State Wildlife Action Plan. Click here to Watch! Read more and provide comments clicking here or here http://gf.nd.gov/news/state-wildlife-action-plan-open-comment
North Dakotaâ€™s initial State Wildlife Action Plan from 2005 has been updated and is available for public comment by visiting the State Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov.
The primary focus of the current strategy is to address North Dakotaâ€™s 100 Species of Conservation Priority, developed a decade ago as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Townsquare Media are sponsoring the Missouri River SPLASH â€“ a recreation and boating safety event for everyone who enjoys the Missouri River.
The event is Thursday, May 21 in Mandan from 3-6 p.m. at Moritz Sport and Marine. Displays, hands-on activities, demonstrations, regulations, registrations and prizes are included.
The event is free, and people of all ages are invited to attend.