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North Dakota - A Guide to Fertile Fishing Walleye, Northern Pike, and White Bass

In its first year of official existence, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department sold 16,000 fishing licenses and 34,000 small game hunting licenses. In the decades that followed, Game and Fish added trained biologists and wildlife and fisheries managers who were pioneers in the scientific wildlife management field. They set up wildlife population surveys that led to biologically sound hunting seasons. They planted trees and worked to educate citizens about the need for conserving habitat.

In recent years, North Dakota has sold around 160,000 fishing licenses and well over 100,000 hunting licenses. Many game populations today are at or near all-time high levels and others have rebounded from historic lows at some point in the last century.

The challenge for the future is for Game and Fish Department wildlife and fisheries biologists, habitat managers, game wardens, education and communications specialists and administrative staff, to maintain the habitat in the state's lakes, rivers, prairies and woodlands that allows wildlife populations to build and thrive. It's a challenge and a responsibility that agency staff take very seriously.

North Dakota Game and Fish Mission Statement

The mission of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is to protect, conserve and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for sustained public consumptive and noncomsumptive use.

For more information about North Dakota:

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State bird: Western Meadowlark

State flower: Wild Prairie Rose

State fruit: Chokecherry



State agencies often require licenses, permits or certifications for a wide range of activities impacting fish, wildlife and boater safety. States work to prevent overcrowding and control the harvest of game on wildlife management areas. The links below will help you find license and permit information, and how to apply.