Outdoors

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 ...

AP FILE- In this Dec. 28, 2003 file photo, Brian Flick looks for a rough-legged hawk in Peaceful Valley in Spokane, Wash,., just off Clarke Avenue, during the Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. The twenty degree weather didn't stop a number of bird enthusiasts who went on the annual event. (Liz Kishimoto/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Audubon Christmas Bird Count gears up for 117th year

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Numbers aren't the only focus of the annual Christmas Bird Count. The event was founded in 1900 in New York to urge a change in what was then a socially accepted practice of killing birds - all kinds of birds - as a way of seeing what species are out there, or ...

In a Nov. 22, 2016 photo, Jim Bonawitz talks about his historic replica flintlock rifles in his workshop in Billings, Mont. (Casey Page/The Billings Gazette via AP)

Montana man takes up legendary relative’s gun making

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — About 230 years ago a master gunsmith in Pennsylvania left his mark during America's Golden Age of rifle making. Now one of the distant relatives of Johannes (aka John) Bonewitz is taking up the family tradition. "I'm basically an apprentice," said Jim ...

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Paraplegic hunter Gary Dupuis, Ashburnham, Mass., waits in his all-terrain wheelchair, equipped with a shooting rack for his shotgun, while deer hunting in Devens, Mass.

Outward mobility

BOSTON (AP) — For more than 40 years, paraplegic hunters have gathered in the predawn darkness around Massachusetts for an opportunity that would otherwise be difficult, if not impossible. The specialized deer hunt brings together sportsmen and women, volunteers and workers from the ...

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In this Oct. 25 photo, Jeff Garmire poses in Vancouver, Wash. Garmire is among the elite cadre of hikers who have completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails in a calendar year.

Hiker conquers 3 iconic long-distance trails in 252 days

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Jeff Garmire of Vancouver hiked America's three iconic long-distance routes — the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails — this year. He's now a member of the elite cadre who have walked the three paths in a calendar year. Garmire, 26, gets ...

A hiker makes her final push to the top of Mailbox Peak on Oct. 2, 2016, near North Bend, Wash. A mailbox sits atop the peak and it's filled with letters and trinkets deposited by hikers. The peak also delivers stunning views that start about half a mile below the summit. (Craig Hill/The News Tribune via AP)

Confessed hiking snob finds joy on the beaten paths

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — I've spent the better part of this year coming to grips with the fact that I'm a bit of a hiking snob. For years I've avoided hiking the Interstate 90 corridor between Issaquah and Exit 34. From Cougar Mountain to Mailbox Peak (and beyond in warmer months), sits ...

Outdoors Calendar

Nov. 20 – Deer gun season closes. Nov. 21 – Audubon NWR opens for upland game. Nov. 25 – Deer muzzleloader season opens. Dec. 1 – Minot Rifle & Pistol Club monthly meeting, Indoor Range, 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2 – Snowmobile North Dakota Convention, Bottineau, ...

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Erin McCleary fishes a small stream near Butte, Mont. With fall comes some of the best fly-fishing of the year where anglers will find a reprieve from the summer crowds, chances at big trout and some fine dry fly fishing opportunities.

Fall is the time for streamers & mayflies in Montana

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Clouds and rain and cool weather have come to Bozeman. Leaves are changing colors, and coffee shops and breweries are putting pumpkin in everything again. It must be fall. With fall comes some of the best fly-fishing of the year. Anglers will find a reprieve from ...

App is a one-stop shop for those who love the outdoors

SOUTH DAKOTA (AP) — When it comes to hunting pheasants, it's no secret that access to private land is becoming harder to come by with each passing year. However, it's also no secret that the quality and quantity of South Dakota's public hunting options are one of the state's greatest ...

Deer gun season preview

DICKINSON - This year's deer gun season should be a pretty good one. That's the opinion of Bruce Stillings, Big Game Management supervisor for the North Dakota Game & Fish Department.Deer gun hunters have had poor to mixed results in recent years with fewer licenses issued and fewer ...

Deer season questions and answers

Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. Hunters with further questions are encouraged to call the Game and Fish Department at 328-6300, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ...

88-year-old moose hunter

He did it! And quite an accomplishment it was!Merle Routledge filled his once-in-a-lifetime moose tag on opening day, October 7. While harvesting a moose may not seem to be out of the ordinary, consider that Routledge is 88 years old and uses a walker!"My son said he put in for a moose for me ...

Long-Range Shooting challenge

What was believed to have been a first-time event for the Minot region was held southwest of the city Saturday, Oct. 1. Twenty-two shooters participated in a Long-Range Shooting Challenge. Long-range shooting involves marksmen testing their skills against targets much farther away than most ...

OUTDOORS BRIEFS

Game and Fish volunteers recognizedVolunteer instructors for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department were recognized Aug. 27 at the annual training conference in Bismarck.Included in those honored for 30 years of service were Gary Leslie, Burlington; David Colby, Kenmare; Wayne Evans, ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Nov. 3 Minot Rifle & Pistol Club monthly meeting, Indoor Range, 7 p.m.Nov. 4 Youth 16 1/2 deer gun season opens.Nov. 25 Deer muzzleloader season opens.Dec. 1 Minot Rifle & Pistol Club monthly meeting, Indoor Range, 7 p.m.

OUTDOORS FISH CLUB

Here is the latest North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date and weight:Lake Sakakawea common carp:Mike Lemere, Granville, Sept. 18, 28 lbs., 0 oz.Heart Butte Reservoir crappie:James Wetzel, Hazen, Sept. 2, 1 lb., 8 oz.Lake Sakakawea northern pike:David Eberle, Minot, ...

Oh my! Those Sakakawea pike

GARRISON They are big, powerful and an absolute blast to catch. Find 'em and the fun begins!Many of the northern pike roaming Lake Sakakawea are at or closely approaching trophy class fish. The top end fish are likely the survivors of the monstrous pike spawn of 2009. Seven years old now, the ...