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Deer hunting limited in Western US states after tough winter

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Hunting guide Mike Clark normally has more than 20 clients lined up each fall for trips deep into Wyoming's western wilderness to shoot mule deer, prized by hunters for their size and impressive antlers. But unusually cold weather and heavy snowfall that blanketed much ...

NRA, hunting group say grizzly bear hunts needed for safety

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The National Rifle Association and a sport hunting group want to ensure their members can hunt grizzly bears in the three-state region around Yellowstone National Park after the animals lost U.S. protections. Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are considering limited trophy ...

Late-season hunting opportunities end soon

North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded duck hunting in the high plains unit reopens Dec. 9 and continues through Dec. 31. In addition, the season for Canada geese closes Dec. 21, except for the Missouri River Zone, which closes Dec. 29. Light goose hunting closes statewide Dec. ...

Mountain lion Zone 1 early season ends, late season opens

North Dakota’s early mountain lion season in Zone 1 closed Sunday, Nov. 26, and the late season, when hunters can pursue lions with dogs, is now open. During the early season, hunters took six cats from a harvest limit of eight. Under the season structure, a conditional season could open ...

South Dakota pheasant hunting may pick up in late season

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Officials say it's been a slow pheasant season in South Dakota, but late-season hunting is often the best option when bird numbers are below average. The state's 78-day pheasant season began Oct. 21 and ends Jan. 7. With half the season ahead, pheasant hunters can take ...

Some refuges open to late-season upland game

Hunters are reminded that several North Dakota national wildlife refuges open to late-season upland game bird hunting the day after the deer gun season closes. Arrowwood, Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, Lake Alice, Lake Zahl, Long Lake, Lostwood, Tewaukon (pheasants only), and Upper Souris ...

Montana announces CWD positive

North Dakotans hunting deer in Montana this fall should take note of a recently harvested deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease near Bridger, Mont. With this development, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will add Montana to the 2018 CWD proclamation, which restricts ...

Darkhouse spearfishing opens Dec. 1

North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season opens on most state waters Dec. 1 and continues through March 15. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species. All individuals who participate in darkhouse spearfishing must first register online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department ...

Outdoors Calendar

Today – Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Upland Game Opener. Today – Hunter’s Brunch, Audubon NWR Visitor Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Today – NDGF Dis. 2 Advisory Board Meeting, Community Center, Lansford, 7 p.m. Tuesday – NDGF Dis. 3 Advisory Board Meeting, Lake Region State College, ...

Advisory Board meetings announced

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department fall advisory board meeting in their area. These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors ...

Fishing tournaments require 30-day notice

Organizers planning fishing tournaments, including ice fishing contests this winter, are reminded to submit an application along with fishing tournament regulations to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at least 30 days prior to the start of the event. The 30-day advance notice allows ...

Outdoors Calendar

Sunday – Deer gun season closes. Nov. 27 – Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Upland Game opener. Nov. 27 – Hunter’s Brunch, Audubon NWR Visitor Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 27 – NDGF Dis. 2 Advisory Board Meeting, Community Center, Lansford, 7 p.m. Nov. 28 – NDGF Dis. 3 ...

Whopper Club

Here is the latest North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight: Lake Darling walleye: Carlos Villarreal, Minot, Oct. 17, 9 lbs., 0 oz. Lake Sakakawea walleye: Kirk McNary, Williston, Oct. 6, 8 lbs., 10 oz. Jordan Ruff, Bismarck, Oct. 14, 10 lbs., 4 ...

Catch-N-Release Club

Here is the latest North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and Release Club qualifiers, date & length: Sheyenne River channel catfish: Dale Kaber, Enderlin, Oct. 17, 31 inches. Nelson Lake largemouth bass: Forrest Sears, Wheatland, Oct. 19, 22 inches. Lake Sakakawea northern ...

Outdoors Calendar

Friday – Moose Season Opens, Units M5, M6. Nov. 26 – Deer Gun Season Closes. Nov. 27 – Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Upland Game Opener. Nov. 27 – Hunter’s Brunch, Audubon NWR Visitor Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1 – Deer Muzzleloader Season Opener. Dec. 7 – Minot Rifle ...

Outdoors Briefs

Fall mule deer survey completed The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s fall mule deer survey indicated fawn production in 2017 was lower than in 2016. Biologists counted 2,548 (3,003 in 2016) mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The buck-to-doe ratio of 0.32 (0.48 in 2016) was ...

Catch-N-Release Club

Here is the latest North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and Release Club qualifiers, date & length: Heart Butte Reservoir channel catfish: Drake Schoellkofp, Mandan, Sept. 17, 31 inches. Alkaline Lake northern pike: Nicholas Koster, Bismarck, Sept. 2, 32 inches. Lake Oahe ...

Whopper Club

Here is the latest North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight: Missouri River buffalo: John Wolf, New England, Sept. 2, 21 lbs., 1 oz. Lake Sakakawea smallmouth bass: Terry Neuberger, Hazen, Sept. 3, 3 lbs., 1 oz. Lake Audubon smallmouth bass: Roy ...

Halloween adventure at Audubon NWR

Families are invited for an evening of fun on the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Saturday, Oct. 21. The free 2017 Halloween adventure will be held open house style – come and go as you wish – between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Kids are invited to come in costume. Cameras are encouraged. A photo ...

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While the state’s sharp-tailed grouse, shown here, and the Hungarian partridge season don’t open until Sept. 9, four of the state’s hunting seasons open this Friday – deer and pronghorn bow, dove and mountain lion.

Let the seasons begin

Autumn officially starts Sept. 22, but for many in North Dakota the fall season really gets underway this Friday. That’s when four hunting seasons begin – deer and pronghorn bow, dove and mountain lion. Next in line is the sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge opener Sept. 9 and the ...