Gear up for new season

No foolin' around, now is the time to prepare for hunting, fishing trips

Summer isn't hunting season, but it is hunting preparation season. Why wait until the night before you head out into the field this fall when you can get some things ready right now? There is no better time to make sure licenses and applications are in order, lodging arrangements are made and guides and outfitters booked, if that’s the route you choose to take.

First, it’s time to make sure hunting and fishing licenses are updated. Go to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department license link for complete details. Residents and nonresidents can purchase new licenses there, and they are good through March 31, 2015. You can also get information on application deadlines for lottery licenses.

Those looking to line up guides and outfitters can find information here or at the North Dakota Professional Guides and Outfitters Association website. The list is continuously updated to keep it fresh.

Also, take some time to get to know landowners in the ares you hope to hunt. Offer to help them out, or share your harvest. You are more likely to gain access on lands if the landowners know you as a good steward of the land.

And remember, fishing season never closes in North Dakota but you still need to update your license. After you've got your hunting gear in order, take a pole and hit the water. Go to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department for all of your hunting and fishing questions.

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