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Regulations set for furbearer, small game and waterfowl

North Dakota’s 2018 small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations are similar to last year.

However, one major change from last year involves Canada goose hunting zones.

The Canada goose hunting season is divided into three zones — Missouri River, western and eastern. The Missouri River Canada goose zone has the same boundary as last year, while the western zone has the same boundary as the high plains duck unit, excluding the Missouri River zone. The eastern zone has the same boundary as the low plains duck unit.

Other noteworthy items include:

• Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 22 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Non-residents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Sept. 29.

• The daily limit on pintails has increased from one to two.

• The prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons will remain closed due to low populations.

• In accordance with state law, non-residents are not allowed to hunt on Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or conservation PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) areas from Oct. 6-12.

Women invited to hike the Maah Daah Hey Trail

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has openings for Hike the Maah Daah Hey Trail, an educational event for women scheduled Sept. 8-9.

The workshop is designed for women with previous hiking or backpacking skills, or who are in good physical condition. Participants will hike a 16-mile portion of the trail south of Medora. Activity is strenuous due to rough terrain.

The $30 fee includes group gear and transportation to the Burning Coal Vein trailhead from the Tom’s Wash trailhead. Each participant must provide gear and meals.

Women interested in attending the workshop must enroll by calling 701-328-6312, or email bschaffer@nd.gov.

More information is available by visiting the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.

-- Compiled from press releases and staff reports

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