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Burgum appoints Sand, Wisness to advisory board

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Cody Sand, of Forbes, and Beau Wisness, of Keene, to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s advisory board.

The governor appoints eight Game and Fish Department advisors, each representing a multi-county section of the state, to serve as a liaison between the department and public.

Sand fills the expiring term of Joel Christoferson, of Litchville, in District 6, which includes Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells counties.

Wisness fills the expiring term of Jason Leiseth, of Arnegard, in District 1, which includes Divide, McKenzie and Williams counties.

In addition, the governor recently reappointed District 5 advisory board member Duane Hanson, of West Fargo, to another term.

Fur harvesting classes scheduled for end of August

The North Dakota Cooperative Fur Harvester Education Program is sponsoring two fur harvester education classes for anyone interested in trapping or hunting furbearers.

Courses in Bismarck and Jamestown are set for Aug. 22, 24 and 26.

Courses are free and take 16 hours to complete over a three-day period.

Students will learn the history of the fur trade in the Dakotas, furbearer identification, tools and techniques for harvesting furbearers in North Dakota, as well as proper handling, including skinning, fleshing and boarding, of furbearers.

Upon completion, graduates are issued a certification card that is recognized by any state requiring trapper education prior to purchasing a license.

Anyone interested in signing up for the class should visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at, click on buy and apply, and “list of education courses” under the hunter education heading.

Paddlesports events offered to women

Women ages 18 and older who are interested in attending an upcoming paddlesports workshop sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department should sign up quickly as class sizes are limited.

Participants must know how to swim and will learn safety, legal requirements and proper techniques of paddlesports. Equipment will be provided.

To register, visit the Game and Fish Department website,, or contact education coordinator Brian Schaffer at 701-328-6312, or email