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Proficiency test required for city bow hunting

This year, the Bismarck Police Department will implement a proficiency test prior to being eligible to participate in the City Bow Hunting Program. The test will consist of making four out of five shots in a nine-inch circle from an elevated platform at 20 yards. The testing will take place at the NISHU Bowmen Indoor/Outdoor Archery range, 1409 Riverwood Drive in Bismarck.

Proficiency testing will be held on the following dates and times:

• April 28: 2 to 4 p.m.

• May 9: 5 to 7 p.m.

• May 22: 5 to 7 p.m.

• June 28: 5 to 7 p.m.

Upon completion of the proficiency test, a certification card will be mailed to the applicant. The certification card along with a valid photo ID, a North Dakota Game and Fish General Hunting license and Archery tag will need to be presented at the time of application, which will be announced at a later date. The application process will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call Animal Control at 701-355-1910 with questions.

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Paddlefish snagging season opens May 1

North Dakota’s 2018 paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and will continue through May 21. However, an early in-season closure may occur with a 24-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department.

Legal snagging hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. One tag per snagger will be issued. .

All paddlefish snaggers must possess a paddlefish tag in addition to a valid fishing license. Cost of a paddlefish tag is $10 for residents and $25.50 for nonresidents.

Hunters have successful pronghorn season

Hunter success during last fall’s pronghorn hunting season was 75 percent, according to statistics provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Game and Fish issued 410 licenses and 366 hunters killed 275 pronghorn, consisting of 264 bucks, 10 does and one fawn. Each hunter spent an average of 2.4 days afield.

The 2018 pronghorn hunting season will be determined in July.