Outdoors

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 ...

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 ...