Game Warden Statistics for North Dakota

March 11, 2015 by  

by Doug Leier


Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides a report on the number of citations issued by state game wardens the previous year.

The statistics for 2014, recently published in the February 2015 issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine, carry some not-so-positive news: Game wardens cited a record number of anglers, hunters and others with violations in 2014.

031115 warden statisticsThe grand total of 2,712, was up nearly 300 from the number of violations in 2013.

The number one violation for the past few years has been fishing or hunting without a license, and closely related, fishing or hunting without having the license “on your person.”

The numbers also show that McKenzie County again led the state in the number of citations. Williams, Stark, Ramsey and Burleigh counties rounded out the top five.

By law, North Dakota game wardens enforce all state laws on property that the Department owns or manages like wildlife management areas, and also on state sovereign land. Game wardens are licensed peace officers and they are also often called upon to assist other law enforcement agencies as well.

Here’s a listing of the Game and Fish violations summary for 2014.


Big Game

Failure to accompany/transport other’s game    1

Failure to wear florescent orange 6

Tagging violations                           23

Exceeding limit                               4

Killing wrong species or sex          9

Other big game violations              7

Total   50


Small Game

Using gun able to hold more than 3 shells         79

Hunting in closed season   12

Illegal possession/taking    11

Exceeding limit                   56

Failure to leave identification or sex of game     39

Killing wrong sex or species                                  14

Failure to accompany/transport other’s game    9

Nontoxic shot violation                                6

Failure to carry federal waterfowl stamp  7

Hunting in unharvested fields                  11

Other small game violations                      42

Total   286



Use of unlicensed or unnumbered boat   123

Failure to display boat registration            34

Operating without lights at night               22

Inadequate number of PFDs                      176

Water skiing violations                                 41

Reckless or negligent operation                  2

Operating vessel under influence/intoxicated   10

Other boating violations                                       74

Total  482



Fishing with excessive lines           59

Exceeding limit                                114

Fishing in closed/restricted area   19

Failure to attend lines                     16

No identification on fish house      21

Failure to remove fish house          2

ANS violation                                   34

Paddlefish violations                       10

Other fishing violations                  74

Total   349



Shining (using artificial light)                        7

Illegal possession/taking                                2

Harassing furbearers with motor vehicle    4

Hunting/trapping in closed season              3

Other furbearer violations                            6

Total   22



Use of motor vehicle off established trail             4

Use of motor vehicle in restricted area                 33

Harassing wildlife with motor vehicle                   12

Hunting on posted land without permission       61

Hunting before/after legal hours                          33

Wanton waste                                                           7

Aid in concealment of unlawful game                   8

Hunting in wrong unit/closed area                       4

Loaded firearm in motor vehicle                           48

Discharge of firearm within/on motor vehicle     2

440 yard violation                11

Littering                                70

Other general violations     34

Total   327



Failure to sign/affix stamp                                                  16

Hunting/fishing/trapping without proper license           307

Failure to carry license on person                        325

Misrepresentation on license or application       35

Other licensing violations                                      21

Total   704


Wildlife Management Areas/Refuge

Failure to obey posted regulations           83

Camping                                                      11

Tree stand violations                                  6

Possession of glass beverage containers  77

Baiting on WMA                                         4

Possession/discharge of fireworks           7

Prohibited uses of motor vehicles            31

Unlawful use of firearms                          22

Other WMA/refuge violations                 3

Total  244



Possession of controlled substance         9

Possession of drug paraphernalia           14

Open container                                         9

Minor in possession                                  50

Criminal trespass                                      19

Other miscellaneous                                 28

Total 129


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