Bird Dog & Retriever News

June / July 2003 issue Page 45

 Under the new licensing structure, a nonresident small game or waterfowl license will each cost $85. Previously, the small game license cost $75, and the waterfowl license was an additional $10. With the new law, the small game license will not be required for those who only wish to hunt waterfowl. Out-of-state hunters who hunt both upland game and waterfowl can purchase each license separately.
A small game license entitles a nonresident to hunt upland game for any period of 10 consecutive days, or any two periods of five consecutive days. A nonresident may purchase more than one small game license per year. The 2003 small game and waterfowl licenses will go on sale Aug. 1, when the new law takes effect.
Also implemented Aug. 1 will be a $5 increase for the habitat stamp. Every resident and nonresident hunter will have to pay $10 for the habitat restoration stamp, in addition to the $3 general game license fee. Money generated by habitat restoration stamp fees will be placed in the game and fish private land habitat and access improvement fund, with $5 from each stamp allocated to the PLOTS program.
Biologists Complete Spring Sage Grouse Census
North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists recently completed the 2003 sage grouse survey, with census data showing a slight increase in the number of strutting male sage grouse observed compared to last year.
Biologists counted 174 males this spring, equaling the previous eight-year average. Last year, 167 males were tallied.
The survey was conducted on 15 active strutting grounds, compared to 17 last year. One of the highlights, according to Jerry Kobriger, game and fish upland game management supervisor, Dickinson, was renewed activity on two grounds. "We were able to find grouse on two grounds that did not have grouse last year, " Kobriger added, "and on one of those, grouse hadn't been seen for five years."
Sage grouse are North Dakota's largest native upland game bird. They are found in extreme southwestern North Dakota, in Bowman and Slope counties.
South Dakota
The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized South Dakota's nonresident waterfowl licenses for 2003 with one significant change from what had been proposed.
Representatives from Brule and Buffalo counties earlier requested that Unit 100X, the 3-day, private land only, nonresident license, be made available in their area.
"After receiving public input on the matter, the GFP Commission chose against including the two counties in unit 100X," said Assistant Director of Wildlife George Vandel. "Local duck hunters expressed concerns that commercial interests would increase and possibly reduce the existing duck hunting opportunity for residents on private sloughs and potholes if the additional nonresident licenses were allowed in the area."
Nonresident waterfowl units, license numbers and provisions for 2003 include:
Unit 100A - 200 special licenses valid for entire season in Union, Clay, Yankton, Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties.
Unit 100B - 3,775 special statewide licenses valid for 10-

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