2014-16 fishing regulations set

North Dakota’s 2014-16 fishing proclamation is set, with regulations effective April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2016. Anglers are reminded that new fishing licenses are required April 1.

Noteworthy regulation changes include:

Expanded the length of the bowfishing season to include April, October and November.

Expanded the open water spearfishing season to include October and November.

Modified the paddlefish season, including ending the snagging day at 9 p.m.; reducing the notice to close the season to 24 hours; reduced the extended snag-and-release season to four days; all paddlefish snagged and tagged must be removed from the river by 9 p.m.; and changed the days open to harvest to Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Eliminated lake-specific reduced panfish limits for Odland Dam.

Reduced the statewide daily and possession limit of crappie to 10 and 20.

Added the Red and Bois de Sioux rivers to waters open to darkhouse spearfishing.

Fishing licenses can be purchased online at the Game and Fish Department website, (gf.nd.gov). A new state law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by submitting a valid North Dakota driver’s license number or a North Dakota identification number.

Anglers will notice an increase in license fees required to fish in North Dakota. The combination license, which includes general game and habitat, small game, furbearer and fishing, increased from $32 to $50; resident individual fishing from $10 to $16; resident husband and wife from $14 to $22; resident age 65 or older from $3 to $5; resident totally or permanently disabled from $3 to $5; and resident paddlefish tag from $3 to $10,

For nonresidents, a paddlefish tag is increasing from $7.50 to $25.50; nonresident individual from $35 to $45; nonresident husband and wife from $45 to $60; nonresident three-day from $15 to $25; and nonresident 10-day from $25 to $35.

In addition, the state legislature also passed a law that establishes a $5 fishing license for resident disabled veterans with 50 percent or more service-connected disability, or who have an extra-schedular rating, to include individual unemployability, that brings the veteran’s total disability ratio to 50 percent. These licenses are available only from the Bismarck Game and Fish office, and also require written verification of eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs office.

The 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide is available at Game and Fish Department offices and license vendors throughout the state.

HIP certification required for spring goose hunters

All spring light goose hunters, regardless of age and residency, are reminded that Harvest Information Program registration is required before hunting this spring.

The HIP number can be obtained online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, (gf.nd.gov), or by calling 888-634-4798. The HIP number is good for the fall season as well, so spring hunters should save it to record on their fall license. Hunters must HIP register in each state for which they are licensed.

For detailed season information, including licensing requirements and regulations, refer to the Game and Fish Department website.

2013 deer gun season summarized

North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 28,600 deer during the 2013 deer gun hunting season. The Game and Fish Department made available 59,500 deer gun licenses in 2013, and more than 98 percent were issued. Overall hunter success was 55 percent, and each hunter spent an average of 4.6 days in the field.

Hunter success for antlered white-tailed deer was 62 percent, and antlerless whitetail was 55 percent. Mule deer buck success was 82 percent. No mule deer doe licenses were issued in 2013.

Hunters with any-antlered or any-antlerless licenses almost exclusively harvest white-tailed deer. Buck hunters had a success rate of 57 percent, while doe hunters had a success rate of 54 percent.

The department is in the process of determining recommendations for licenses in the 2014 deer proclamation. These recommendations will be discussed at the upcoming spring Game and Fish public advisory board meetings, scheduled for March 31 and April 1, and April 7-8. The proclamation will be sent to the governor’s office for approval in late April.

Advisory Board meetings announced

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in their area. These public meetings 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.

Area meetings include:

District 1

Counties: Divide, McKenzie and Williams

Date: March 31, 7 p.m.

Location: Montana Dakota Utilities, Williston

Host: Pheasants Forever

Contact: Peggy Lokken, 572-7825

Advisory board member: Jason Leiseth, Arnegard, 586-3714

District 7

Counties: Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan

and Sioux

Date: March 31, 7 p.m.

Location: Wildlife Club House, Turtle Lake

Host: Turtle Lake Wildlife Club

Contact: Steve Seeger, 448-2448

Advisory board member: Vacant

District 2

Counties: Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward

Date: April 1, 7 p.m.

Location: Senior Citizens Center, Makoti

Host: Hiddenwood Sportsmen’s Club

Contact: Erik Rensch, 726-5660

Advisory board member: Robert Gjellstad, Voltaire, 338-2281

District 3

Counties: Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner

Date: April 8, 7 p.m.

Location: Lake Region College, Devils Lake

Advisory board member: Tom Rost, Devils Lake, 662-8620