If you’re a hunter or angler in North Dakota, this is the week to hear what’s going on or voice your concerns with officials from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
The Game and Fish Department’s fall advisory board meetings get underway tonight. The department holds the meetings twice a year in each of the state’s eight advisory board districts.
In eastern North Dakota, the advisory board circuit kicks of tonight with a 7 p.m. meeting at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, which is for sportsmen in Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner counties. Closer to Grand Forks, the meeting for Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Legion Club in Fordville, N.D. Farther south, the meeting for Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Trail counties is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Casselton.
Among the officials who will be in eastern North Dakota are Roger Rostvet, the Game and Fish Department’s deputy director, and Jeb Williams, the new assistant wildlife division chief. Terry Steinwand, director of the department, and Randy Kreil, wildlife chief, will oversee the advisory board meetings in western North Dakota and won’t be in this part of the state, Kreil told me last week.
If previous history is any indication — and I’m 99 percent sure it is — there’ll be a lot of talk about the recent firearms deer season and why hunting was so tough. I’ll keep you posted.