Outdoors

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 ...

Fall turkey season set

North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 3,505 licenses available to hunters, five fewer than last year. Fall turkey hunters, including gratis applicants, who are interested in applying for a 2017 license must submit an online application through the state Game and Fish Department’s ...

Pronghorn lottery held

North Dakota’s pronghorn lottery has been held. Individual results are available online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. A total of 410 licenses were available in units 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A and 4C. More than 8,700 applications, including 155 gratis, were received. ...

HIP, federal duck stamp requirements

Harvest Information Program registration for all migratory game bird hunters, regardless of age, and a federal duck stamp for waterfowl hunters age 16 and older, are required beginning Sept. 1. Migratory game birds include ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves and ...

Deer archery season opens Sept. 1

North Dakota’s deer archery season opens Friday, Sept. 1 at noon, and bowhunters are reminded that deer bow licenses and accompanying tags are only available through electronic purchase. Bowhunters can buy a license online at the state Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov; by ...

Youth Outdoor Festival Aug. 31 in Minot

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, local wildlife clubs and other sponsors will usher youngsters into fall during the annual Youth Outdoor Festival in Minot. The event is Thursday, Aug. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Game and Fish Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park on the ...

Dove season opens Sept. 1

North Dakota’s dove season opens statewide Sept. 1. Hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting. The daily limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season is open through Nov. 29. All ...

Garrick Hodge/MDN Pictured is an overview of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The Last Frontier: Exploring Theodore Roosevelt National Park

WATFORD CITY — The Little Missouri River swivels its way around exposed layers of rocks. Visitors from around the country come to Theodore Roosevelt National Park to take in the sight. A colorful canyon showcasing intricate rock formations with splashes of foliage. I’d wake up at 7 ...

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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 ...