BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department closed its offices to public access at noon Friday, March 20, because of coronavirus disease health concerns. This includes the main headquarters and district/lab offices in Bismarck and district offices in Devils Lake, Dickinson, Jamestown, Harvey, Riverdale and Williston.

Game and Fish offices will remain closed to public access until April 6.

Outdoor recreational facilities, including boat ramps that are accessible on the Missouri River, the department’s 229 wildlife management areas, and the pond and nature walk on the outdoor wildlife learning site adjacent to the main office in Bismarck, remain open.

While most Game and Fish staff will work remotely during business hours Monday through Friday, the main telephone line at department offices will be staffed. In addition, district game wardens will conduct daily patrols as regularly scheduled.

For hunters and anglers who are already familiar with Game and Fish, it’s most likely business as usual, as all hunting and fishing license purchases, boat registrations and lottery applications are conducted online. For others with questions, visit the Game and Fish website at and search the many links and resources available that provide a user-friendly experience.

The moose, elk and bighorn sheep application deadline will remain at Wednesday, March 25. Applicants can apply online, or call (800) 406-6409.

For questions, comments or concerns, contact your local Game and Fish office or email In addition, stay connected with Game and Fish by following along on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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