Outdoors

Agencies prohibit hunting over bait

Hunters are reminded it is unlawful to hunt big game over bait, or place bait to attract big game for the purpose of hunting, on both public and private land in deer unit 3C west of the Missouri River, and all of units 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2. In addition, placing of bait for any purpose is ...

PLOTS guide available

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2018 is now available online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, the free printed PLOTS guides are available at most license vendors and other locations throughout the state. The guide ...

Applications for remaining doe licenses due Wednesday

North Dakota residents who were unsuccessful in the initial deer lottery are reminded the deadline to submit an application for a remaining doe license is Aug. 8. Unsuccessful applicants must apply online by visiting the state Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. More than 3,000 ...

Pronghorn applications due Wednesday

Prospective pronghorn hunters are reminded the deadline to apply for the 2018 hunting season is Aug. 8. Applicants can apply online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or by calling 800-406-6409. Paper applications are not available. Only North Dakota ...

Walleye fingerlings stocked

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently stocked nearly 10 million walleye fingerlings in more than 140 waters across the state. “Considering not many went into Lake Sakakawea, this was one of the largest stockings of more than 8 million fingerlings into the ...

Conditions right for blue-green algae

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department cautions outdoor enthusiasts that conditions are right for lakes, ponds and wetlands to become contaminated by toxins produced by blue-green algae. Warm temperatures, and shallow, stagnant water, with moderate to high nutrient content, provides an ...

Game and Fish at State Fair

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will host thousands of visitors to its free Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park July 20-28 at the State Fair in Minot. Visitors will be treated to an array of activities, exhibits and useful information as the park is open from 1-7 p.m. daily. ...

Outdoors calendar

July 18-22 – ND State Trap Shoot, Minot Gun Club. July 20-21 – ND Governor’s Cup Walleye Derby, Ft. Stevenson State Park, 897-1221. July 21 – ND Junior Governor’s Cup Fishing Derby, Ft. Stevenson State Park, 10:00 a.m. July 21 – Missouri Basin Bowman “Big 20,” Van Hook, ...

UN says fish production rising, overfishing still a problem

ROME (AP) — The U.N. food agency says global fish production is expected to grow 18 percent over the coming decade, even as farmed fish production slows down and the numbers of wild-caught fish level off. The Food and Agriculture Organization issued its annual report on the state of world ...

Study to investigate lifespan of walleye in Minnesota lake

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new study is using underwater listening devices to find out why more young walleye in a Minnesota lake aren't making it to adulthood. Acoustic telemetry will be used to track the movements of the juvenile fish in Lake Mille Lacs, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. ...

New fishing app launched in Alaska

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska resident has created a smartphone app designed to connect anglers and guides with each other and to a hub of local fishing information. Jim Voss launched his app Alaska FishTopia this summer, aiming for it to be the central source of angling information on the ...

Badlands, history in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

MEDORA (AP) — For travelers looking to visit all 50 states, North Dakota is often one of the last to be checked off. It's not exactly on the way to anywhere else, and flying there is expensive. It ended up being 49th on my 50-state quest (sorry, Idaho!). Part of the challenge was deciding ...

Wildlife Management Area regulations prohibit fireworks

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds citizens that possession or use of fireworks on any state Wildlife Management Area is prohibited. The primary objective of a Wildlife Management Area is to enhance wildlife production, provide hunting and fishing opportunities, and offer other ...

Spring pheasant count down from last year

North Dakota’s spring pheasant population index is down 30 percent from the same time last year, according to the state Game and Fish Department’s 2018 spring crowing count survey. R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist, said the number of roosters heard crowing this spring was down ...

Put garbage where it belongs

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor recreationists to keep it clean this summer by packing out all trash. All garbage, including used fireworks, should be placed in a proper trash receptacle. If trash cans aren’t available, or are full, take the trash and dispose of it ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR 7-2

Saturday – Angler Young Angler Tourney, FM Walleyes Unlimited, 429-1242. Saturday – Friends of Parshall Bay Walleye Tourney, 260-7890. July 14 – Badlands Bass Bandits Tourney, Sheep Creek. July 14 – Eastern Mont. Bass Anglers, East Park Lake, 406-629-0299. July 15 – Badlands ...

Spring breeding duck numbers tallied

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s 71st annual spring breeding duck survey conducted in May showed an index of 2.8 million birds, down 5 percent from last year. Migratory game bird supervisor Mike Szymanski said even though the index is below 3 million for the second consecutive ...

Outdoors Calendar

Wednesday – Full moon 11:54 p.m. July 7 – Angler Young Angler Tourney, FM Walleyes Unlimited, 429-1242. July 7 – Friends of Parshall Bay Walleye Tourney, 260-7890. July 14 – Badlands Bass Bandits Tourney, Sheep Creek. July 14 – Eastern Mont. Bass Anglers, East Park Lake, ...

National campaign focuses on boating under influence

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will again participate in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence. The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug ...

CRP enrollment open

For the first time since last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program. Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local USDA Farm Service Agency office between June 4 and Aug. 17, 2018. For ...