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NORTH DAKOTA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT

Game and Fish Department and more than a dozen partners spearhead program to preserve, re-establish vital native prairie
The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15% of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation.
Early ice conditions can be especially dicey during freeze-ups like this year, when brief cold snaps are followed by warm-ups, and calm days are followed by wind, which of course can wreak havoc on early ice. This time of year, ice can be here one day and gone tomorrow.
With the confirmed case of CWD on the Minnesota side of the Red River, the DNR will establish a CWD "Management Zone” within about a 15-mile radius of the site where the positive deer was taken, said Seth Goreham, acting wildlife research manager for the DNR.

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A North Dakota man who was supervising his daughter during Minnesota’s recent youth deer season voluntarily had the deer she shot southwest of Climax tested, paying for the private test as a routine matter of course. When preliminary results came back positive, he contacted the DNR.
A trio of the mammals showed up in a city stormwater retention pond, offering another opportunity for residents to see urban wildlife.
In his new position as director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Jeb Williams oversees a state agency with 165 employees and a budget of $92.3 million for the 2021-23 biennium.
Observations from the annual summer survey suggest the 2021 fall flight will to be down 36% from last year and similar to the 1970, 1979 and 1994 fall flights.
Seven of the eight prairie grouse observed at one mating grounds site this spring were hybrids, with traits of both prairie chickens and more dominant sharp-tailed grouse.
Sheepshead – also known as freshwater drum – sampled from the Manitoba side of the Red River were up to 60 years old, while similar-size drum sampled in Nebraska were only 8 to 10 years old.

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A drastic decline in areas for ducks to establish pair territories and for hens to find high quality forage for egg production doesn’t bode well for whether ducks will decide to nest.
The two state record walleyes came within about 30 miles of each other in a three-year span, a remarkable turn of events considering the previous state record had stood since 1959, when Blair Chapman of Minnewaukan, N.D., tallied a 15-pound, 12-ounce walleye from Wood Lake in Benson County.
Jared Shypkoski of Dickinson, N.D., caught the 16-pound, 6-ounce walleye March 13 while trolling crankbaits in the Eckroth Bottoms area of upper Lake Oahe.

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