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Coyote Catalog available for hunters, landowners

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and North Dakota Department of Agriculture are opening the Coyote Catalog, a statewide effort designed to connect coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who are dealing with coyotes in their areas.

Last winter, nearly 30 landowners participated in the Coyote Catalog, along with 500 hunters and trappers.

Landowners can sign up on the Department of Agriculture website at nd.gov/ndda/livestock-development-division/coyote-catalog. County and contact information is required.

Hunters and trappers can sign up at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov/hunting/hunter-landowner-contact.

Anyone who registered for the Coyote Catalog in the past must register again to activate their names on the database.

Throughout the winter, hunters or trappers may receive information on participating landowners, and they should contact landowners to make arrangements.

Landowners who are experiencing coyote depredation of livestock should first contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.

The Coyote Catalog will remain active through March 31.

Winter fishing regulations reviewed

North Dakota anglers are encouraged to refer to the 2018-20 North Dakota Fishing Guide or the state Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations.

Some winter fishing regulations include:

• A maximum of four poles is legal for ice fishing.

• Tip-ups are legal, and each tip-up is considered a single pole.

• Mechanical devices that set the hook are legal; however, the use of any device that automatically retrieves the fish is illegal.

• There is no restriction on the size of the hole in the ice while fishing. Materials used to mark holes must be in possession of anglers and spearers as soon as a hole larger than 10 inches in diameter is made in the ice.

• It is only legal to release fish back into the water immediately after they are caught. Once a fish is held in a bucket or on a stringer, they can no longer be legally released in any water.

• It is illegal to catch fish and transport them in water.

• It is illegal to leave fish, including bait, behind on the ice.

• All aquatic bait, such as fathead minnows, must be purchased or trapped in North Dakota.

• Depositing or leaving any litter or other waste material on the ice or shore is illegal.

• The daily limit is a limit of fish taken from midnight to midnight. No person may possess more than one day’s limit of fish while on the ice or actively engaged in fishing. 

• The possession limit is the maximum number of fish that an angler may have in his or her possession during a fishing trip of more than one day.

• Licensing of fish houses is not required in North Dakota. However, any unoccupied fish house must have displayed on its outside in readily distinguishable characters at least three inches high, either a registration number issued by the department, or the owner’s name and address or name and telephone number.

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