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OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: NDGF sets fall waterfowl regs

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has set this fall’s waterfowl season, and changes on tap include a daily bag of one canvasback and an additional two blue-winged teal during the first 16 days of the season.

Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 27 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota on Oct. 4. The season for swans opens Oct. 4 for both residents and nonresidents.

Hunters can take six ducks daily with the following restrictions: Five mallards of which two may be hens, three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails and one canvasback. An additional two blue-winged teal can be taken from Sept. 27 through Oct. 12. The daily limit of five mergansers may include no more than two hooded mergansers. For ducks and mergansers, the possession limit is three times the daily limit.

Shooting hours for ducks are half an hour before sunrise to sunset.

The hunting season for Canada geese in the Missouri River zone will close Jan. 2, while the remainder of the state will close Dec. 25. The season for white-fronted geese closes Dec. 7, while the season on light geese is open through Jan. 4. Shooting hours for all geese are one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. each day through Nov. 1. Beginning Nov. 2, shooting hours are extended until 2 p.m. each day.

Extended shooting hours for all geese will be permitted from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset on Saturdays and Wednesdays through Nov. 26 and on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from Nov. 29 through the end of each season.

The bag limit for Canada geese during the regular season is eight daily and 24 in possession, except in the Missouri River zone, where the limit is five daily and 15 in possession.

The daily limit on whitefronts is two with six in possession, and light geese is 50 daily, with no possession limit.

The special youth waterfowl hunting season is Sept. 20-21. Legally licensed residents and nonresidents 15 years old or younger can hunt ducks, coots, mergansers and geese statewide. Youth hunters must have a general game and habitat license and a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate. A licensed adult of at least 18 years of age must accompany the youth hunter into the field.

Nonresidents can buy either a statewide waterfowl license or one with zone restrictions. Nonresidents who designate zones 1 or 2 may hunt that zone for only one seven-day period during the season. Nonresident hunters who choose to hunt in zone 1 or 2 and wish to use the full 14 consecutive days allowed must use the other seven days in zone 3. Hunters in zone 3 can hunt that zone the entire 14 days.

In accordance with state law, nonresidents are not allowed to hunt on North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or conservation PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) areas from Oct. 11-17.

For more information on seasons, required licenses and other regulations, check out the Game and Fish website at Paper copies of the 2014 North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Guide will be at license vendors in early September.

— N.D. Game and Fish Department

Minnesota deer, wolf deadline Sept. 4

Sept. 4 is the headline for hunters to apply for antlerless deer tags or hunters and trappers to apply for wolf licenses.

Antlerless deer permits are issued by lottery, and many deer hunting permit areas that have not been in the lottery classification in recent years are in that classification this year as the Department of Natural Resources tries to rebuild deer  herds.

“The message to deer hunters is to review the hunting and trapping regulation book now,” said Paul Telander, DNR wildlife section chief. “That way, you’ll know whether where you hunt requires entering a lottery to harvest antlerless deer.”

Hunters who want to participate in special firearm deer hunts need to apply for permits that are issued by lottery, and the application deadline also is Sept. 4. More information on deer permit areas and special hunts is in the DNR hunting regulations handbook, available line at

For more information on wolf hunting and regulations, check out the DNR website at

— Herald staff report

Hunting trips set for wounded vets

Wounded Warriors Guide Service, which offers hunting and fishing trips to veterans wounded in the line of duty, has a number of excursions scheduled during the next few months in the Dakotas and northwest Minnesota. Here’s what’s on tap:

  •  September-October: Archery deer hunt, East Grand Forks. Two spots available for any weekend to hunt private land near the Red River.
  •  Sept. 20: Goose hunt, Middle River, Minn. Multiple veterans service organizations are teaming up on this hunt, which features five guide teams and room for 25 veterans.
  •  September and October: Pheasant hunts, Dakota Hunting Club and Kennels west of Grand Forks. Two spots available.
  •  Oct. 11: Waterfowl hunt with wheelchair-accessible blinds at Central Dakota Sportsman’s Club near Carrington, N.D.
  •  Nov. 7-9: South Dakota pheasant hunt, three spots available.
  •  Jan 17: Ice fishing tournament, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake. Annual fundraiser in which two-person teams will compete for cash prizes; dinner and raffle will follow; 50 team limit.

Trips include gear, licenses, food, lodging and other arrangements. For more information or to download an application, check out the guide service website at or call David Morse at (701) 866-1567.

— Herald staff report

Crookston angler wins Drayton catfish tourney

Mike Kostrzewski of Crookston weighed in a 36-inch, 22½-pound catfish to land first place in the Whopper category in the Rod & Reel Rally catfishing tournament held Aug. 9 on the Red River in Drayton, N.D. Kostrzewski landed a $1,600 cash prize for his winning fish.

Complete tournament results are as follows:


Second: Tom Engelmann, Hoople, N.D., 20.4 pounds, 34 inches, $750.

Third: Darrell Severson, Grafton, N.D., 19.3 pounds, 35½ inches, $400.

Fourth: Colin Schuster, Drayton, 18.4 pounds, 35 inches, $250.

Fifth: Rick Engelmann, Hoople, 18.2 pounds, 34 inches, $175.

Sixth: Brandon Oby, St. Thomas, N.D., 16.8 pounds, 34 inches, $125.

Seventh: Jackson Rud, Stephen, Minn., 16.5 pounds, 33 inches, $125.

Eighth: Frank Dolney, Grafton, N.D., 16.4 pounds, 33 inches, $125.


First: Corey Stejskol, 5.95 pounds, 23 inches, $200.

Second: Tyler Parkman, Hope, N.D., 5.75 pounds, 22½ inches $100.

Third: Jennifer Nelson, 5.2 pounds, 23 inches, $100.


Jeremy Pollestad, Drayton, 0.07 pounds, 5½ inches, $50.

— Herald staff report

Did you know?

  •  Mourning dove seasons begin Sept. 1 in Minnesota and North Dakota and continue through Nov. 9 in both states. Limits are 15 daily, 45 in possession in both states. This is the 11th season of dove hunting in Minnesota, where about 13,000 hunters shoot about 100,000 doves each year. Nationwide, there are about 350 million mourning doves.
  •  The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds migratory bird hunters that registration in the federal Harvest Information Program is required beginning Sept. 1. However, Game and Fish recommends that early Canada goose season hunters get HIP certified. North Dakota’s early Canada goose season opened Friday. HIP certification is required for hunting ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves or woodcock. In North Dakota, hunters who buy a license through the department’s electronic licensing system ( or instant licensing telephone number at (800) 406-6409 can easily get HIP certified. Hunters also can access the Game and Fish website at or call (888) 634-4798 and record the HIP number on their fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate.
  •  Minnesota motorists can support conservation with a new critical habitat license plate featuring moose art by renowned wildlife artist Les Kouba. The new moose plate, which displays a never-before-published painting by Kouba, is the eighth critical habitat plate offered. Other plates display the loon, pheasant, chickadee, showy lady’s slipper, a fishing scene and white-tailed deer. The new license plates are now available at deputy registrar offices statewide. Info: Department of Public Safety-Driver and Vehicle Services, (651) 297-3304.
  •  Lakeville, Minn., artist Stephen Hamrick has won the 2015 DNR trout and salmon stamp contest. Hamrick’s painting of a brook trout was selected by judges from among five submissions for the annual contest. Hamrick now has won four of the trout and salmon stamp contests and placed second last year. Info:
Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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