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OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: N.D. paddlefish citations hit record

N.D. paddlefish citations hit record

A paddlefish snagging season that lasted a few more days than last year led to a record number of citations this spring in northwest North Dakota, the Game and Fish Department reported.

According to Robert Timian, enforcement chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, wardens issued 90 citations from opening day May 1 until the season closed May 22 as part of an annual saturation effort in Williams and McKenzie counties.

Last year the citation total was 177.

The most prevalent violation was fishing without a license, involving 36 nonresidents and 13 residents. Only 14 violations were directly related to paddlefish snagging.

Wardens also patrol several thousand acres of state wildlife management areas in the two counties, issuing 53 citations for WMA rule violations, including 27 for possession of glass beverage containers.

Wardens also wrote tickets for minor in possession of alcohol, littering and possession of nonprescription drugs and/or paraphernalia.

A full list of violations encountered during the paddlefish season is available at

— N.D. Game and Fish Department

NDGF pays $481,000 in property taxes

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently paid more than $481,000 in taxes to counties where the agency owns or leases land. The 2013 in-lieu-of-tax payments are the same as property taxes paid by private landowners.

Game and Fish manages more than 200,000 acres for wildlife habitat and public hunting in 51 counties. The department does not own or manage any land in Traill or Renville counties.

Here’s a listing of payments the department made to counties in northeast North Dakota:

  • Grand Forks: $13,677.20.
  • Ramsey: $13,319.73.
  • Benson: $3,733.27.
  • Cavalier: $22,402.93.
  • Walsh: $10,051.22.
  • Nelson: $5,303.69.
  • Pembina: $13,467.93.

A full listing of payments made to counties across the state is available at

— N.D. Game and Fish Department

Did you know?

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  • A potential world record bighorn sheep that died last winter in Alberta of natural causes ended up missing the mark after the 60-day drying period required by the Boone and Crockett Club. Green-scored as a potential new record, the ram’s horns lost 4 inches in net score, Boone and Crockett reported. With a final score of 205 7/8 inches, the ram ranks No. 5 all time. The record, taken by a hunter in Alberta in 2000, is 208 3/8, the club said.
  • The DNR this summer has doubled the number of watercraft checkpoints across Minnesota to 36 in an effort to help combat the spread of aquatic invasive species. The DNR also expects to hire 146 watercraft inspectors and place 23 decontamination units at zebra mussel-infested waters and high-use areas. As many as 300 additional authorized inspectors will be working for tribal and local government units throughout the state.
  • DNR officials say it’s still too early to tell if this year’s forest tent caterpillar population is declining. The caterpillars, which defoliate aspen, oak, basswood, birch and other hardwood trees, peak every 10 to 16 years, but may have peaked last year, when 1.1 million acres of trees were defoliated.
Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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