Outdoors Notebook: North Dakota Game and Fish sheds light on import restrictions on big game carcasses – Grand Forks Herald

NDGF highlights carcass restrictions

BISMARCK – Big game hunters should note the requirements for transporting carcasses and carcass parts of deer, elk and moose into and within North Dakota, as a precaution against the possible spread of chronic wasting disease, the Department of Game and Fish said in a reminder.

Hunters are prohibited from transporting into or within North Dakota any carcass of deer, elk, moose, or other members of the deer family harvested outside of North Dakota.

In addition, hunters harvesting a white-tailed deer or a mule deer from deer hunting units 3A1, 3A2, 3B1, 3C, 3D1, 3E2, 3F2, 4B and 4C, a moose from moose hunting units M10 and M11 or an elk from hunting units E2 and E6, cannot transport the whole carcass outside the unit. Hunters can, however, transport the entire carcass between adjacent CWD-restricted units.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens will enforce all CWD transportation laws.

Due to restrictions, Game and Fish encourages hunters to plan accordingly and be prepared to carve a carcass, comb an animal or clean a skull in the field, or find a taxidermist or meat locker within unit or state to help.

Game and Fish will maintain multiple freezers throughout the region to submit heads for CWD testing, beginning Thursday, September 1.

If there are any questions about how to comply with this regulation, hunters should contact a district game warden or other department personnel prior to the scheduled hunt.

The following low risk carcass parts may be transported:

  • Boneless meat.
  • Quarters or other portions of meat without any part of the backbone or head attached.
  • Meat cut and packaged commercially or privately.
  • Hides without a head attached.
  • Cranial plates with attached antlers and no skin or brain tissue.
  • Intact skulls with no visible brain or spinal cord tissue with eyes, lower jaw, tongue, salivary glands, tonsils and lymph nodes removed.
  • Antlers separated from the cranial plate.
  • Upper canines, also called bugles, whistlers or ivories.
  • Finished taxidermy heads.
  • Lymph nodes extracted from head for MDC testing contained in sealed plastic bag.

There is an exception to the regulation which reads: “a deer carcass or deboned meat must be accompanied from the head to the place of final storage”. The exception is: tag the deer as needed, then take two photos using a cell phone with location, date and time enabled. One photograph should show the whole animal at the slaughter site with the tag attached, and a second photograph should have a close-up of the tag so that the tag information is legible.

If a hunter leaves the head in the field at the slaughter site, after taking pictures and keeping them, the ear or antlers with the tag attached must be cut off and accompany the meat or carcass during transport. Photographs of tagged deer must be shown to any game warden or other law enforcement officer upon request.

– Hunting and Fishing Department of ND

NDGF reminds hunters of baiting restrictions

BISMARCK – It is illegal in North Dakota to hunt big game with bait or place bait to attract big game for the purpose of hunting, in Deer Units 1, 2B, 3A1, 3A2, 3A3, 3A4 , 3B1, 3C, 3D1, 3D2 , 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F.

Contribution/North Dakota Game and Fisheries Department

The restriction is in place to help slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, a deadly disease of deer, moose and elk that can lead to long-term population decline if left unchecked.

In addition, hunting big game over bait or bait for any purpose is prohibited in all Game and Fish Department Wildlife Management Areas. Big game hunting with bait is also prohibited in all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges and Waterfowl Production Areas, U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands, lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and all state trusts, state parks, and state forests in North Dakota. service lands.

More information about CWD can be found on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.

– Herald staff report

EGF installs a floating kayak launch

EAST GRAND FORKS – A floating kayak launch has been installed in LaFave Park in East Grand Forks, at the confluence of the Red and Red Lake rivers. The launch of the kayak was funded by a matching grant with the City of East Grand Forks and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, using Minnesota Legacy funds.

Further improvements will soon be made to the LaFave Park area to improve access and parking around the launch. There is a minimum maintenance path to access the launch site. Over the next several years, further upgrades to the Red River boat ramp and park access road are planned and will be funded through this grant.

– Herald staff report

ND archery deer season opens September 2

BISMARCK – North Dakota deer bow season opens at noon on Friday, Sept. 2 and runs through Jan. 1, 2023.

Bowhunters can purchase a license through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, or from vendors linked to the department’s online licensing system.

Hunters should plan accordingly and allow time to receive their tag in the mail, as the tag will arrive in the mail and not at the counter while the customer waits. This applies when purchasing a bow license from a license vendor or at the main office of the Department of Game and Fish in Bismarck. The bow label will be mailed the next business day after license purchase.

All bowhunters must have a bow medal in their possession before hunting.

Bowhunters must follow all management agency regulations when using tree stands, ground blinds and game cameras on public hunting areas, including displaying an equipment registration number, or owner’s name, address and telephone number, on all equipment left unattended on Game and Fish. wildlife management areas.

In addition, big game hunting with bait is prohibited on public and private land in Deer Hunting Units 1, 2B, 3A1, 3A2, 3A3, 3A4, 3B1, 3C, 3D1, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 , 3F2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F.

Hunters should refer to the 2022 deer hunting guide for seasons and regulations.

– Hunting and Fishing Department of ND

Federal duck stamp required September 1

BISMARCK — A federal duck stamp is required for waterfowl hunters 16 and older in North Dakota starting Sept. 1. Waterfowl include ducks, geese, swans, mergansers and coots.

This year’s 2022-23 Federal Duck Stamp is available for electronic purchase at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, or from license sellers registered with the department’s licensing system. Physical stamps are not available from North Dakota license sellers, but can still be purchased at many US Postal Service offices.

The electronic stamp is a purchase good like any other hunting or fishing permit. Once the purchase has been made, the electronic stamp is valid immediately. “Federal Duck Stamp” will be printed on the license certificate, with an expiration date of 45 days from the date of purchase. The physical stamp will be sent by post.

The physical stamp is processed and shipped by the official Texas duck stamp seller and should arrive to buyers well before the expiration date printed on the electronic license. The physical stamp must remain in the hunter’s possession after the 45-day electronic stamp expires. Individuals with questions regarding the condition of their physical stamp can contact the Federal Duck Stamp Supplier’s customer service number at (800) 852-4897.

The federal duck stamp has a $25 fee. An additional $2 fee is added to cover physical stamp shipping and handling.

– Hunting and Fishing Department of ND

Minnesota Woodless Permit Deadline is September 8

ST. PAUL – Thursday, Sept. 8 is the deadline for Minnesota deer hunters to apply for antlerless tags in deer permit areas where antlerless permits are available only by lottery. Hunters who purchase their license on or before this date are automatically entered into the lottery for the deer license area or special hunting area they declare.

Successful applicants will receive a postcard in the mail authorizing them to take an antlerless deer using their regular license in this antlerless lottery area. No application is necessary to take antlerless deer in permit areas with sex, two-deer limit, three-deer limit, or five-deer limit designations.

Hunters wishing to participate in special deer hunts with a firearm or muzzleloader must also apply for permits issued through a lottery. This application deadline is also September 8.

More information on designations and regulations for deer permit areas, as well as details on special hunting opportunities, can be found on the MNR website at mndnr.gov/Hunting/Deer and in the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook 2022, which is available in print. wherever DNR licenses are sold.

–Minnesota DNR

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