Social distancing doesn't mean ya can't get out and kill stuff, just try to stay six feet away from the game wardens.  I enjoy hunting and fishing and try my darndest to adhere to the rules of my handy dandy proclamation guide.  Still doesn't mean I don't panic when a game warden rolls up.  Why am I hiding my bologna sandwich?  What if I got the dates wrong on bologna season?  They're gonna seize my truck and my gun and my dog and my Miracle Whip!

Thankfully, most of the thousands and thousands of game warden "contacts" in 2020 didn't involve confiscating any sandwiches, there were 2,600 of them that probably did. Your odds of being nabbed for some offense are pretty good in Ramsey County, North Dakota.  With the Devils Lake recreation area it's easy to see why. Right around 1 out of every 8 violators got pinched in Ramsey County.  Out of a possible 53 counties, that's pretty high.

So let's summarize some of the real Game and Fish money-makers in 2020 as published in the February issue of North Dakota OUTDOORS, available at a newsstand near you.

Since Ramsey County leads the way, we find the bigger numbers around the bigger lakes...here's a short breakdown.of the primary culprits

BOATING

Use of unlicensed or unnumbered boat        138

FISHING

Exceeding limit                                             65

BIG GAME

Illegal taking/possession of big game          72

SMALL GAME

Using gun able to hold more than 3 shells   96

GENERAL

Hunting on posted land                                72

LICENSING

Not proper license                                       182

Failure to carry license on person               306

Over 2,600 violations and not one mention of a bologna sandwich.   I just need to chill.

Check the full list here


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ND TOP TEN DOGS ACCORDING TO A SOURCE. WHERE'S THE BOXER?!