Outdoors

Game and Fish allocates three bighorn sheep licenses

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is allocating three bighorn sheep licenses for the 2018 hunting season, two fewer than 2017. One license is available in Unit B3 and one in B4. Also, one license, as authorized under North Dakota Century Code, was auctioned in spring by the Midwest ...

Whooping crane migration

Whooping cranes are in the midst of their fall migration and sightings will increase as they make their way into and through North Dakota over the next several weeks. Anyone seeing these endangered birds as they move through the state is asked to report sightings so the birds can be ...

Youth waterfowl hunting trailer available

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Ducks Unlimited co-sponsor a trailer full of waterfowl hunting gear that is available to families with young hunters. Purchased by the Game and Fish Department’s Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters grant program, the trailer is designed for ...

Sportsmen Against Hunger accepting goose meat

Waterfowl hunters are reminded that the North Dakota Community Action Sportsmen Against Hunger program is again accepting donations of goose meat taken through the regular waterfowl season. This includes Canada geese taken through the August Management Take/Early September Canada goose season, ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Friday – Souris Valley Birding Club, Bird Walk, Oak Park, 8 a.m. Saturday – Upland game season opener. Saturday-Sunday – ND The Bass Federation, Dakota Waters Resort, 290-4168. Sept. 14 – Souris Valley Birding Club, Bird Walk, Oak Park, 8 a.m. Sept. 15 – Sandhill crane season ...

Grouse and partridge seasons open Sept. 8

North Dakota’s hunting seasons for grouse and partridge will open Saturday, Sept. 8. State Game and Fish Department upland game supervisor Jesse Kolar said last year’s drought is still having an impact on bird numbers. “Numbers were already low going into 2017, and then we didn’t have ...

Swan hunting licenses remain

North Dakota’s swan lottery has been held and 408 licenses remain. Only hunters who do not have a swan license for the 2018 season can apply. Regulations limit hunters to one license per year. Beginning Sept. 4, all remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. ...

Hunters asked to submit wing envelopes

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is once again asking upland game hunters for help with future bird management, by collecting some feathers from harvested birds and sending in wing envelopes this fall. Wing data allows biologists to assess production, determine the timing of hatches, ...

Big game transport rules

Big game hunters are reminded of requirements for transporting deer, elk and moose carcasses and carcass parts into and within North Dakota as a precaution against the possible spread of chronic wasting disease. Hunters are prohibited from transporting into or within North Dakota the whole ...

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 ...