This time of year it seems like every week there is new information coming out about hunting seasons or regulations or license applications. Here's a recap of some recent topics from North Dakota Game and Fish news.

Small Game and Furbearer Regulations

North Dakota's 2016 small game and furbearer regulations are set and most season structures are similar to last year.

Hunting Catchup

(Photo courtesy NDGF)​

One notable change involves the mountain lion season harvest limit, which is reduced from 21 last year to 15 this year. The early season limit is reduced from 14 to eight. However, if the early season limit is not reached before that season ends on Nov. 20, it could reopen later on, after the late season closes.

For instance, if the early season harvest is four lions at the time the season closes, hunters could take four more lions if the early season is reopened later on. The early season can reopen if the late season harvest limit is reached prior to March 25, 2017.

The late season limit stays the same as last year at seven, but a new provision this year has the late season closing if hunters take three female mountain lions.

Another change in the small game and furbearer regulations is that trappers are no longer required to register in order to use cable devices. The primary purpose for the registration system the past two seasons was to formulate a mailing list of cable device users in North Dakota, and Game and Fish has accomplished that with more than 1,100 registered cable device users.

Also pertaining to furbearers, night vision, electronically enhanced light gathering optics, and thermal imaging equipment is now legal during the portion of the red fox, gray fox and coyote seasons that is open to night hunting (Nov. 21 - March 15). Spotlights or any other artificial lights are still prohibited.

Grouse Wings Wanted

The Game and Fish Department is once again asking grouse hunters for help with future bird management, by collecting wing and other feathers from harvested birds and returning them in special envelopes.

Feather characteristics allow biologists to differentiate male grouse from females, and juveniles from adults, which helps them monitor production, reconcile bird counts and get a better understanding of the harvest composition.

Hunters interested in receiving wing envelopes should visit the Game and Fish website at to order a supply, or contact the department's main office in Bismarck by email at [email protected].

In addition, Game and Fish district offices have a supply of wing envelopes for distribution.

Banded Birds

With the early Canada goose season and the September 1 dove season opener, it's a good time to remind hunters to check harvested migratory birds for bands this fall.

Information from birds with a federal band should be reported online at In addition, the bird banding lab has a new, mobile friendly reporting site that will aid hunters to report bands via mobile devices. Those without access to the internet can report bands by calling 800-327-2263.

The band number, date and location of each recovery are needed. Hunters can keep all bands they recover.

Information received from hunters is critical for management of migratory game birds.

Fall Turkey Season Set

North Dakota's fall turkey season is set, with about 3,500 licenses available to hunters, 145 fewer than last year.

Prospective hunters, including gratis applicants, can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the Game and Fish website, Paper applications are also available at vendors.

The deadline for applying is Sept. 7.