From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department
-- Wildlife, shooting, civic and fraternal organizations are encouraged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrow's Hunters program, a grant program developed to assist in recruitment of the next generation of hunters and shooters.
Grant funds will help cover event expenses, including promotional printing, event memorabilia such as shirts, caps or vests, ammunition and targets and eye and ear protection.
The deadline to apply for a 2011 grant is April 15. Any club or organization interested in conducting a youth hunting or shooting event can get more information, including a grant application, from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov., or contact outreach biologist Pat Lothspeich at (701)328-6332.
Past funding has enabled several groups to conduct youth pheasant and waterfowl hunts, while others have sponsored trap and shooting events, including archery and rifle shooting.
Hunters, trappers and anglers are also reminded that new fishing and furbearer licenses are required April 1. The dates for the furbearer license coincide with fishing season.
The 2011-12 licenses are effective April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. Licenses can be purchased online.