North Dakota Game and Fish Public Meetings Scheduled

November 23, 2016 by  

Several decades ago, the state legislature created an advisory board for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. One of the results of that is that each fall and spring, advisory board members host public meetings in their district.

These public meetings provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of Game and Fish personnel.

North Dakota Game and Fish Advisory Meeting

Advisory meetings give hunters, anglers and landowners a chance to meet with their district advisors and agency personnel in person, in locations that are typically closer than driving to Bismarck or one of the Game and Fish district offices.

Game and Fish has always been an open public agency, with staff and administrators willing to address public comments and input via phone calls, letters, emails, texts and walk-in or on-the-street visits. The advisory meetings give hunters, anglers and landowners a chance to meet with their district advisors and agency personnel in person, in locations that are typically closer than driving to Bismarck or one of the Game and Fish district offices.

The governor appoints each of the eight Game and Fish advisors, and they each represent a multi-county section of the state. In addition to hosting meetings twice a year, they also serve as a liaison between the Department and public.

Here’s a listing of the meetings coming up in the next few weeks, to see if there’s one in your area.

District 2

  • Counties: Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward
  • Date: Nov. 28 – 7 p.m.
  • Location: Berthold Sportsmen Club, 210 Main St., Berthold
  • Advisory board member: Robert Gjellstad, Voltaire, 338-2281

District 5

  • Counties: Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill
  • Date: Nov. 28 – 7 p.m.
  • Location: American Legion (south of Lake Elsie), Hankinson
  • Advisory board member: Duane Hanson, West Fargo, 367-4249

District 6

  • Counties: Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells
  • Date: Nov. 29 – 7 p.m.
  • Location: The Bunker, 1520 3rd St. SE, Jamestown
  • Advisory board member: Joel Christoferson, Litchville, 973-4981

District 7

  • Counties: Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan and Sioux
  • Date: Nov. 29 – 7 p.m.
  • Location: North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Bismarck
  • Advisory board member: Dave Nehring, Bismarck, 214-3184

District 1

  • Counties: Divide, McKenzie and Williams
  • Date: Dec. 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Location: Rough Rider Center, 2209 Wolves Den Parkway, Watford City
  • Advisory board member: Jason Leiseth, Arnegard, 586-3714

District 8

  • Counties: Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark
  • Date: Dec. 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Location: La Quinta Inn & Suites, Dickinson
  • Advisory board member: Dwight Hecker, Fairfield, 575-4952

District 3

  • Counties: Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner
  • Date: Dec. 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Location: Armory, Cando
  • Advisory board member: Tom Rost, Devils Lake, 350-1424

District 4

  • Counties: Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh
  • Date: Dec. 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Location: American Legion Club, 208 N. Main St., Fordville
  • Advisory board member: Joe Solseng, 317-5009

Fall Mule Deer Survey

One positive note on which to end this week’s column, the Game and Fish fall mule deer survey indicates that mule deer had another good year of fawn production.

The buck-to-doe ratio of 0.48 (0.42 in 2015) is higher than the long-term average of 0.43 bucks per doe, while the fawn-to-doe ratio of 0.90 (0.84 in 2015) is the same as the long-term average.

Game and Fish big game management supervisor Bruce Stillings said the mule deer population continues to recover nicely following the devastating winters of 2009-11, with a third consecutive year of fawn production near or above the long-term average.

“This year’s good fawn production has the potential to result in a nice population increase next spring, depending on the severity of the winter,” Stillings said.

The fall aerial survey, conducted specifically to study demographics, covers 24 study areas and 306.3 square miles in western North Dakota.


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