Winter a Busy Time for North Dakota Game and Fish Department

January 18, 2017 by  

Late January is sometimes considered a time when not much is going on in North Dakota’s outdoors. But this year with new boat registrations coming in, winter deer surveys in progress and the state legislature in session, it’s a busy time at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Here’s a recap of a few news items from the past month or so that still warrant consideration.

Legislation Tracking


The Game and Fish Department set up its website page to tracking legislation that relates to hunting, fishing and other outdoor issues during the 2017 session. (Photo courtesy NDGF)

With the North Dakota Legislature convening the first week of January, the Game and Fish Department set up its website page to tracking legislation that relates to hunting, fishing and other outdoor issues during the 2017 session.

Interested outdoor enthusiasts can follow proposed outdoors-related bills by logging onto the Game and Fish Department website,

A brief description of each bill is included, along with the bill sponsor, hearing schedule and results of floor votes.

If you don’t want to log onto the website every day to see if anything has changed, you can sign up to receive periodic updates by email, via a link from the Game and Fish home page. Just enter your email and check the “Legislative Updates” box.

The Coyote Catalog

In recent years the Game and Fish Department has participated in a statewide effort designed to connect coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who are dealing with coyotes in their areas.

A partnership between the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Game and Fish Department, the Coyote Catalog can be a good way for hunters and trappers to locate new places to go, according to Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring encourages landowners, especially farmers and ranchers who have problems with coyotes, to sign up for the Coyote Catalog. “Hunting and trapping are some of the many tools available to mitigate predator risk,” Goehring said.

Landowners can sign up on the NDDA website at County and contact information is required.

Hunters and trappers can sign up at the Game and Fish website, Anyone who registered for the Coyote Catalog in the past must register again to activate their names on the database.

Throughout the winter, hunters or trappers may receive information on participating landowners, and they should contact landowners to make arrangements.

Goehring and Steinwand said landowners experiencing coyote depredation of livestock should first contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.

The Coyote Catalog will remain active through March 31, 2017.

North Dakota Boat Owners

2017 is the first year of a new three-year registration period.

Boat registrations can be renewed online by clicking on “buy and apply” at the Game and Fish  website. In addition, boat owners should have received their registration mailing by now.

The new boat registration cycle began Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2019.

Also, anyone buying a new or used watercraft can generate a 10-day temporary permit online that is valid until the registration is processed.

Boat owners purchasing watercraft from private individuals this winter are reminded to register it in their name. Registering a used watercraft purchased from an individual must include proof of transfer of ownership, such as a photocopy of the previous owner’s registration card, a canceled check or a signed note from the previous owner stating transfer of ownership.

Boat owners who do not receive a renewal notice by the end of January should contact the Game and Fish Department at 701-328-6335, or email [email protected] Many renewals are likely to be returned because some owners who moved within the last three years did not notify the Department with their new address.


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