Outdoors

WHOPPER CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight for January: Lake Sakakawea northern pike: Jordan Vance, Ray, Jan. 25, 20 lbs., 0 oz. Lake Audubon northern pike: Michael Seilinger, Mandan, Jan. 11, 21 lbs., 1 oz. Pipestem Reservoir northern ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Saturday – Spring Light Goose Opener. Saturday – Bis-Man Reel & Rec Fishing Derby, Lake Audubon, 214-9832. Feb. 23 – West Dakota Waterfowlers Banquet, Grand Hotel, Minot, 5 p.m. Feb. 17 – Junior Shooting, Minot Gun Club Indoor Range, 9 a.m. - noon, 340-6029. Feb. 24 – ...

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, ...

Game warden exam set for Feb. 23

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled an examination to select candidates for the position of a full-time temporary district game warden in Bismarck. The test is at 10 a.m., Feb. 23, at the department’s main office in Bismarck. Applicants must register to take the exam no ...

NAIFC QUALIFIER

NAIFC qualifier at Lake Metigoshe January 7, 10 bluegill limit: 1 – 7.03 lbs., Glen DeLorme Jr., ND and Timothy Marsh, Mont. 2 – 6.78 lbs., Jeff Paulson and Nate Winters, Wis. 3 – 6.70 lbs., Chad Angell and Josh Sansgaard, Iowa. 4 – 6.45 lbs., Shan and Dave Tonneson, ND. 5 ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Friday – Harvey Trophy Night. Jan. 27 – Devils Lake Fire Department Fishing Tournament, 662-3913. Jan. 27 – Buffalo Lodge Ice Fishing Derby, 720-3555. Feb. 3 – Bite the Ice Fishing Tournament, Van Hook, 240-2292. Feb. 3 – Darkhouse Spearfishing Workshop, Upper Souris NWR, 10 ...

Darkhouse spearfishing workshop scheduled Feb. 3

Individuals interested in darkhouse spearfishing can sign up for a workshop offered Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge office northwest of Minot. Sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, participants will ...

Outdoors Calendar

Saturday – Gasmann Coulee Cruisers Fun Run, 11 a.m., 833-8560. Saturday – Souris River Longbeards Fishing Derby, Lake Darling, 721-5546. Saturday – Hiddenwood Sportsmen’s Makoti Lake Derby, 720-4386. Jan. 27 – Devils Lake Fire Department Fishing Tournament, 662-3913. Jan. 27 ...

Free ice fishing weekend

North Dakota’s free ice fishing weekend is Dec. 30-31. Resident anglers may fish that weekend without a license. All other ice fishing regulations apply. Those interested in darkhouse spearfishing that weekend must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department prior to ...

First Day Hikes in North Dakota state parks

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation has four state park locations participating in First Day Hikes on Jan. 1. First Day opportunities include a geocaching adventure, hikes and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing activities, pending on snow conditions. The events are free and open to the ...

Lake Metigoshe State Park to host WOW

Lake Metigoshe State Park is hosting the Wild Outdoor Women Event Feb. 23-25. This event is primarily for women over the age of 16 who are looking to learn or improve on skills associated with several of North Dakota’s outdoor recreational activities. WOW events provide excellent ...

Ice awareness for anglers, hunters

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is urging winter anglers and late-season hunters to use extreme caution when venturing out on ice. Ice thickness is never consistent, especially early in winter, and can vary significantly on the same body of water. Edges become firm before the ...

Outdoors Calendar

Today – Merry Christmas! Saturday – Buffalo Lodge Fishing Derby, 720-3555. Saturday – Christmas Bird Count, Denbigh, Towner Cenex, 7:45 a.m. Jan. 1 – Happy New Year! Jan. 1 – First Day Hike, Fort Stevenson State Park, 5 p.m., 337-5576. Jan. 1 – First Day Hike, Cross Ranch ...

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 ...