Outdoors briefly

Landowners invited to attend CRP workshop

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department invites landowners interested in qualifying land for the next Conservation Reserve Program general signup to attend an informational session held prior to the upcoming district advisory board meetings.

Eight district advisory board meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. the week of April 15-18. At 6 p.m. before each meeting, Game and Fish along with other conservation partners, will discuss options with producers to enroll land for the CRP general signup May 20-June 14. A short formal presentation will begin at 6:30.

A complete list of statewide advisory board meetings is available on the Game and Fish website, (gf.nd.gov).

Bighorn sheep auction license breaks record

North Dakota’s 2013 bighorn sheep auction license sold for a record $75,000 at the March 23 Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation annual meeting in Bloomington, Minn. The previous high of $50,000 was set in 2007.

In addition, a 5 percent conservation fee for all auction licenses generated an additional $3,750 from the sale of North Dakota’s license. One hundred percent of the auction license proceeds are used to enhance bighorn sheep management in North Dakota. Since 1986, more than $1 million has been raised for wild sheep conservation through the sale of the license.

Spring turkey starts Saturday

North Dakota’s spring turkey season opens Saturday and continues through May 19. Hunters are reminded a 2013-14 hunting license is required. 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.

All spring turkey licenses for 2013 have been issued.