Mandan News

Another year of record fishing license sales

The number of anglers buying fishing licenses in North Dakota continues to increase, as 2013-14 is the second consecutive year that a new record for license sales has been established.

Statistics compiled by the Game and Fish Department revealed more than 219,000 fishing licenses were sold last year, an increase of 1,000 from 2012-13. A record total of 160,100 resident and 59,300 nonresident fishing licenses were sold last year.

In terms of actual individuals participating in fishing, the past year was again record setting with more than 203,000 active anglers. Ice fishing activity experienced a substantial increase, while open water angler days took a slight dip.

A record number of fishing lakes (many at all-time elevations) and aggressive fish management in North Dakota have helped produce record fishing license sales.

Lake Sakakawea, Devils Lake and Lake Oahe/Missouri River remained the top three fisheries in the state.

HIP certification required
All migratory game bird hunters, regardless of age, are reminded that Harvest Information Program registration is required by Sept. 1. However, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department recommends that early Canada goose season hunters get HIP certified before the Aug. 15 opener.

HIP certification is required for hunting ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves or woodcock. Registration provides the Game and Fish Department with a database of names and addresses of migratory bird hunters, and a sample of these hunters will receive a questionnaire regarding hunting activity and number of birds harvested. Hunter compliance is essential in order to obtain reliable estimates of the annual harvest of all migratory game bird species.

Hunters who purchase a license through the department’s electronic licensing system (gf.nd.gov) or instant licensing telephone number at 800-406-6409, can easily get HIP certified.

Otherwise, hunters can access the Game and Fish website, or call 888-634-4798 and record the HIP number on their fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate.

Those who registered to hunt the spring light goose season in North Dakota do not have to register with HIP again, as it is required only once per year. However, hunters must HIP register in each state for which they are licensed before hunting migratory game birds.