Outdoors

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, ...

Ice Fishing Derby

Souris River Basin Longbeards ice fishing derby results held January 14 at Lake Darling. Northern pike division: 1 – 24.6 lbs., Dan and Jeff Vane, Bismarck. Walleye division: 1 – 9.7 lbs., Jeff Gronewald and Deb Wood, Minot. Perch division: 1 – 1.45 lbs., James ...

In this March 20, 2015, file photo, Jim Border, who volunteers to help members of the public spot whales during Spoken Here Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast, scans the horizon for signs of spouts from the tip of Cape Lookout, near Tillamook, Ore. (Zach Urness/Statesman-Journal via AP, File)

Now’s the time for whale watching on Oregon coast

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The exodus of gray whales heading south along the Oregon Coast is beginning. Each year, from Mid-December to Mid-January, around 20,000 whales swim from the cold Alaskan seas to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico. The mass migration creates the potential for one of ...

In this Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Danny Miller gets "turns" in for November at the Mount Baker Ski Area near Deming, Wash. Miller makes a hobby of skiing a slope somewhere in the Pacific Northwest every month of the year. (Evan Bush/The Seattle Times via AP)

Washington man has gone skiing each month for 23 years

GLACIER, Wash. (AP) — Danny Miller isn't the smoothest skier. He bounces up and down on the slopes, popping his head up every so often like a prairie dog in his search for fresh powder. He's not the fastest — Miller doesn't even wax his skis. And his physique trends more toward dad ...

In this Jan. 2, 2016 photo, Adam Holt, of Bend, rides a fat bike on one of the groomed singletrack trails at Wanoga Sno-park in Bend, Ore. For those who just refuse to stop mountain biking, even when most Central Oregon singletrack is covered in snow — fatbikes are an option.  (Joe Kline/The Bulletin via AP)

Fatbike tracks make mountain biking a year-round sport

BEND, Ore. (AP) — For those who just refuse to stop mountain biking, even when most Central Oregon singletrack is covered in snow — fatbikes are an option. And soon, they will be able to ride those fatbikes on groomed singletrack snow. Again this winter, Bend's Gary Meyer will groom ...

Hunters served gourmet meals at duck blind

TEKAMAH, Neb. (AP) — It's cold and dark as a group rolls out of pickup trucks, crunches through thin snow past oodles of bird decoys and huddles into a long, rectangular box placed just so, right under the horizon, near the banks of the Missouri River. Blue light starts to brighten the sky. ...

Ski mountaineering racers make their way up the 45th Parallel run during the Northwest Passage Ski Mountaineering Vertical Race at Brundage Ski resort in McCall, Idaho. The vertical race featured a sprint to the top of the mountain that included 530 meters of elevation gain. (Kyle Green/Idaho Statesman via AP)

Ski mountaineering growing in popularity

MCCALL, Idaho (AP) — Backcountry skiing is an integral part of Idaho's winter recreation scene. Ski mountaineering is a new sport trying to create a foothold in the state. But essentially, they're the same activity with different tools. "It's basically backcountry skiing, just with more ...

In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, an unidentified skier heads through the woods at Teacup Lake nordic cross country ski area on Mount Hood near Hood River, Ore. The opportunity to experience the region's dramatic landscapes dusted in winter white, often with no other people around, more than makes up for any minor discomforts while winter camping. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP, File)

Winter camping is a special treat. Here are some tips

SEATTLE (AP) — My first winter camping experience was a bit of an anomaly. Yes, I slept on snow, but it was an unseasonably warm February weekend near Mount Hood, with blue skies during the day and overnight temperatures that barely dipped below freezing. What's more, my camping partners and ...