Outdoors

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Shane Goodman, Minot, landed this nurse shark on the famed flats near Key Largo, Florida. A variety of sharks frequently hunt in the shallow water.

A two shark lunch

KEY LARGO, Fla. – It never gets old or monotonous or taken for granted. Not even close. For a North Dakotan it only gets better and better and better, especially in late April and early May when the sound of a forced-air furnace is replaced by the faint whisper of a light breeze flowing ...

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The small steam-boat made famous on the big screen, the African Queen, still carries tourists out of Key Largo, Florida. The namesake of the 1951 film has been restored and is a popular attraction in the Keys.

Queen of the sea – film namesake is popular attraction

KEY LARGO, Fla. – At a distance it certainly looked misplaced on the water. Junky even. But, my oh my, as we drew closer what emerged was a magnificent piece of history. At least Hollywood history. First to come into clear view was the unmistakable colors of the large Union Jack, or British ...

Moose and elk lotteries held

North Dakota’s moose and elk lottery results are available online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Applicants can find individual results by clicking “my account” under the buy and apply link. The bighorn sheep lottery is scheduled in September, after summer ...

Hunters, anglers note of new legislation

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 28 outdoors-related bills during the 2017 legislative session, 11 of which were passed by both chambers and signed into law. The following bills take effect Aug. 1, unless the bill includes an emergency clause which indicates it is already in ...

Scholarships available for students

The North Dakota Game Wardens Association, Ray Goetz Memorial Fund and Kupper Chevrolet are providing $1,600 in scholarships to a graduating high school senior or current higher education student, majoring in fisheries, wildlife management or law enforcement. Applicants must be North Dakota ...

Whopper Club

Here is the latest North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight: Lake Sakakawea northern pike: Matthew Louis, Burlington, April 2, 20 lbs., 0 oz. Zev Rush, Devils Lake, April 4, 20 lbs., 9 oz. Lake Oahe northern pike: Lenard Tuhy, Dickinson, April 2, ...

Outdoors Calendar

Thursday-Friday – Cabela’s National Walleye Tour, Fort Stevenson State Park. Saturday – Souris River Basin Longbeards Fishing Derby, Lake Darling, 9 a.m. Saturday – International Migratory Bird Day, J. Clark Salyer NWR, 8 a.m., 768-2548. May 20 – Bis-Man Reel & Rec Spring ...

Pronghorn hunting season statistics

Hunter success during last fall’s pronghorn hunting season was 73 percent, according to statistics provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish issued 730 licenses (474 lottery and 256 gratis), and 716 hunters took 523 pronghorn, consisting of 482 bucks and 41 does. ...

Elk, moose, bighorn sheep apps available

North Dakota’s elk, moose and bighorn sheep applications are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Paper applications are scheduled to arrive at vendors by March 10. The deadline for applying is March 22. A total of 389 elk licenses are available to ...

2016 bighorn sheep, moose and elk harvests

Harvest statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success during the 2016 season for bighorn sheep was 100 percent, 97 percent for moose and 56 percent for elk. Game and Fish issued seven bighorn sheep licenses and auctioned one. All eight hunters ...

Outdoors Calendar

Friday – Pheasants For The Future Banquet, All Seasons Arena, Minot, 5 p.m., 240-8041. March 18-19 – Rolling Plains Sportman’s Club 3-D Archery Shoot, Stanley, 629-1475. April 1-2 – 46th Annual MRPC Minot Gun Show, State Fair Center, 9:00 a.m. both days. April 6 – Minot Rifle ...

Big Game book seeks entries

The upcoming seventh edition of the North Dakota Big Game Records Book will be published in the spring of 2017 but there is still time for hunters to submit qualifying entries.     Jamestown’s Lyle Hanson, creator and publisher of the first six editions, turned the reins over to ...

Fort Stevenson to host Full Snow Moon hike

Fort Stevenson State Park is offering a special outdoor event on Feb. 11 from 5-7:30 p.m. Participants are invited to hike, cross country ski or snowshoe by candlelight during the full moon known as the Snow Moon. Park staff will provide candle luminaries to light the way followed by hot ...

Spring Turkey Camp

Female hunter education graduates ages 12-15 who have never had a turkey license are invited to attend Spring Turkey Camp May 6-7 at Washburn. The event is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation Central Dakota Strutters and Badlands Toms chapters Participants and guardians will ...

North Dakota Earth Day patch contest

The state Game and Fish Department’s annual Earth Day awareness campaign is accepting entries for design of a 2017 Earth Day patch. North Dakota students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is March 15. The Game and Fish Department will announce a winner in ...

Whopper Club

Here is the latest North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight: Lake Ashtabula crappie: Jacob Wendel, Sanborn, Jan. 17, 1 lb., 9 oz. Yellowstone River walleye: Larry Davidsen, Williston, Jan. 6, 9 lbs., 0 oz. Jasper Lake yellow ...

Catch-and-release club

Here is the latest North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and Release Club qualifiers, date & length: Erickson Lake yellow perch: John Aarfor, Bismarck, Jan. 1, 14 inches.

Outdoors Calendar

Saturday – Souris River Basin Longbeards Hunting Heritage Banquet, Grand Hotel, 721-5546. Feb. 17 – West Dakota Waterfowlers Banquet, Grand Hotel, 5 p.m., 240-8031. Feb. 18 – Spring Light Goose opens. Feb. 18 – Bis-Man Reel & Rec Ice Derby, Lake Audubon, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., ...

Hunter education classes

Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2017 are reminded to register early as most classes are held the first few months of the calendar year. To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s ...

Watchable Wildlife checkoff on state tax form

North Dakota citizens with an interest in supporting wildlife conservation programs are reminded to look for the Watchable Wildlife checkoff on the state tax form. The state income tax form gives wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to support nongame wildlife like songbirds and birds of prey, ...