Outdoors briefly

Deer bow season opens Friday

North Dakota’s deer archery season opens Friday at noon. Bowhunters are reminded that deer bow licenses and accompanying tags are only available through electronic purchase.

Bowhunters can buy a license online at the State Game and Fish Department website, (gf.nd.gov); by calling 800-406-6409; or at license vendors in counties that are linked to the Game and Fish Department’s online licensing system. Hunters who purchase bow licenses online should allow for several days to receive their tag in the mail. The archery season is open through Jan. 4, 2015.

Agencies prohibit hunting over bait

Hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on all state owned or managed wildlife management areas, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, U.S. Forest Service national grasslands, and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands.

The governor’s proclamation relating to chronic wasting disease also includes a provision that prohibits hunting big game over bait on both public and private land in deer unit 3C west of the Missouri River, and all of units 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2.

In addition, any firearms, equipment or accessories used by hunters on Private Land Open To Sportsmen acreage may not be left unattended and must be removed when the hunter leaves the area. This includes, but is not limited to, guns, blinds, stands, baits, scents and decoys.

Fall turkey season set

North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 3,805 licenses available to hunters, 215 fewer than last year.

Prospective hunters, including gratis applicants, can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the State Game and Fish Department website, (gf.nd.gov). Paper applications will be available from Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors. Applications are also accepted at the department’s toll-free licensing line, 800-406-6409. A service fee is added for license applications made over the phone. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply in the first lottery.

Experimental turkey bow hunting seasons will be held in the city of Bismarck, 25 licenses; North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Bismarck, 75 licenses; and the city of Fargo, 45 licenses.

Hunting units 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) and 53 (Divide and Williams counties) will remain closed to fall turkey hunting in 2014 because of low turkey numbers. The fall wild turkey season extends from Oct. 11 through Jan. 4, 2015.

SAH accepting goose meat

The North Dakota Community Action Sportsmen Against Hunger program is again accepting donations of goose meat taken during the early Canada goose season. However, Canada geese can only be accepted through Aug. 31.

Similar to last year, hunters can bring in their goose meat to participating processors. However, hunters must remove the breast meat from the birds before processors can accept them.

Hunters can clean their geese at home prior to delivery 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 carcasses.

The list of participating processors is available on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at (gf.nd.gov). For more information, visit the CAPND website at (capnd.org), or contact Sarah Hasbargen at 232-2452.