Outdoors

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 ...

Fort Stevenson State Park National Marina Day event

Fort Stevenson State Park will host its National Marina Day event on Saturday, June 9, in the Garrison Bay Marina beginning at 1 pm. Children are encouraged to participate in the rain gutter regatta and minnow races. There is no fee to attend the event. The park charges a $7 vehicle ...

Outdoors Calendar

Friday-Saturday – Van Hook Classic Fishing Tourney, New Town, 629-0080. Saturday - Badlands Bass Bandits Tourney, Lake Darling, 426-1829. Saturday-Sunday – Spirit Lake Marina Walleye Classic, Devils Lake, 766-4747. June 16-17 – Rugby Invitational Fishing Tourney, Devils Lake, ...

Fishing for free June 2-3

North Dakotans who want to give fishing a try are reminded they can fish for free June 2-3. That is the state’s Free Fishing Weekend, when all residents age 16 and over can fish any North Dakota water without a license. Residents age 15 and under do not need a fishing license at any time of ...

Catchable trout stocked

More than 50 local fisheries throughout North Dakota now have a fresh supply of catchable trout, as state Game and Fish Department personnel are wrapping up their annual spring trout stocking efforts. Fisheries production and development section leader Jerry Weigel said while the number of ...

Some lakes suffer winterkill

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists investigated winterkills at 13 lakes this spring, and some were considered significant enough to affect the quality of fishing. Popular fishing lakes that appear to have suffered a significant kill include Spring Lake (Bowman County), ...

Outdoors Calendar

Saturday – Pheasants For The Future Rooster Tail Fishing Tourney, New Town, 240-8041. Saturday – Shane Shipman Memorial Fishing Tourney, Buffalo Lodge Lake, 720-3555. Saturday – 37th Annual Bis-Man Reel & Rec Spring Walleye Derby, Graner Bottoms. Saturday – Lake Region Anglers ...

Spring mule deer survey complete

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April, and results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population is similar to last year, and 45 percent above the long-term average. Biologists counted 2,540 mule deer in 245.8 square miles ...

White suckers only legal in Bois de Sioux, Red Rivers

The Game and Fish Department reminds anglers that live white suckers are not legal baitfish anywhere in North Dakota, except in the Bois de Sioux and Red rivers. Although anglers can use live white suckers on the Bois de Sioux and Red rivers, and tributaries up to the first vehicular bridge, ...

Boat North Dakota course

Boat owners are reminded that children ages 12-15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft alone this summer must first take the state’s boating basics course. North Dakota Game and Fish Department education coordinator Brian Schaffer recommends all boaters take a boater education ...

First Fish certificate

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding parents to capture their little angler’s first catch on a specially designed First Fish certificate. First Fish has no qualifying weights or measurements. The only requirement is the successful landing of a North Dakota fish. ...

Outdoors Calendar

Friday – Souris Valley Birding Club Oak Park Bird Walk, 8 a.m. Saturday – Souris River Longbeards Fishing Derby, Lake Darling, 9 a.m., 721-5546. May 19 – Pheasants For The Future Rooster Tail Fishing Tourney, New Town, 240-8041. May 19 – Shane Shipman Memorial Fishing Tourney, ...