Published February 13, 2023

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Spring Turkey Apps Due

Spring turkey applicants should note the deadline to apply is Feb. 15. 

Applicants can apply online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. 

Spring turkey licenses are available only to North Dakota residents. The season opens April 8 and continues through May 14.  

Spring Light Goose Conservation Order 

North Dakota’s spring light goose conservation order opens Feb. 18 and continues through May 14. 

Residents must have a 2022-23 (valid through March 31) or 2023-24 (required April 1) combination license; or a small game, and general game and habitat license. Resident youth under age 16 only need the general game and habitat license. The 2023-24 license is available for purchase beginning March 15. 

Nonresidents need a 2023 spring light goose conservation order license. The cost is $50 and valid statewide. Nonresidents who hunt in spring remain eligible to buy a fall season license. The spring license does not count against the 14-day fall waterfowl hunting season regulation. 

In addition, nonresident youth under 16 can purchase a license at the resident fee if their state has youth reciprocity licensing with North Dakota. 

A federal duck stamp is not required for either residents or nonresidents. 

Resident and nonresident licenses are available online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. 

Hunters must register annually with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting in each state. The HIP number obtained for North Dakota’s spring conservation order is also valid for North Dakota’s fall hunting season. The number can be obtained online on the Game and Fish website. 

The spring conservation order is only open to light geese – snows, blues and Ross’s. Species identification is important because white-fronted and Canada geese travel with light geese. The conservation order is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds. 

For more information on regulations refer to the 2023 Spring Light Goose Hunting Regulations

NASP State Tournament Scheduled 

The North Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament is scheduled for March 17-18 at the State Fair Center in Minot. The tournament will feature competition in bullseye, 3-D and varsity. 

The tournament consists of team and individual competition in elementary, middle school and high school divisions, with $40,000 in prizes awarded including $20,000 in higher education scholarships. 

The state tournament and all other local and regional NASP tournaments are open to any student in grades 4-12 who attends a school that offers NASP lessons during the school day. 

A complete listing of tournaments in North Dakota is available on the official NASP tournament website at http://www.nasptournaments.org/. A certified NASP archery instructor must preregister participants for all NASP tournaments.   

For more information, or to find out if your child’s school participates in NASP, contact Jeff Long, North Dakota state coordinator, at jrlong@nd.gov, or call 701-328-6322.   

Guide and Outfitter Exam 

The next guide and outfitter written examination is April 1 at 1 p.m. at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department office in Bismarck. Preregistration is required no later than March 24 by calling the Department’s enforcement office at 701-328-6604. 

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