Notebook: North Dakota anglers, hunters and trappers need new licenses April 1

Mar. 21—BISMARCK — North Dakota anglers, trappers and hunters need new licenses beginning April 1, the Game and Fish Department said Thursday, March 21, in a reminder.

Licenses can be purchased online

via North Dakota Game and Fish Department website,

. Once the license is processed, hunters and anglers will have the option to print a hard copy and/or download the license to a smart phone or mobile device, which is helpful when asked to show proof while hunting or fishing in rural areas that lack cellular service.

Licenses can also be purchased at

more than 80 vendor locations

throughout the state. The 2024-25 small game, fishing and furbearer licenses are effective April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025.

BISMARCK — North Dakota's 2024-26 fishing proclamation is set, with regulations effective April 1, 2024, through March 31, 2026, the Game and Fish Department said. New fishing licenses are required by April 1.

Anglers can find the

North Dakota 2024-26 Fishing Guide

on Game and Fish Department website at

or at Game and Fish Department offices and license vendors throughout the state.

Noteworthy regulation changes include:

* Allows the use of bows for northern pike and nongame fish while darkhouse spearfishing.

* Establishes a channel catfish limit west of N.D. Highway 1.

* For bow and spearfishing — allows the taking of channel catfish in the Missouri River System up to the first tributary bridge.

The 2024-25 fishing

licenses can be purchased online

by visiting the Game and Fish website.