Outdoors

COMMENTS BY KIM: What a difference a day makes

Last month in this highly revered column, I revealed recent outrageous and downright rude acts I witnessed at boat ramps. Those actions included being cut off at the dock, boats moored on the ramp side of the dock and people flopping around in the water while taking FOREVER to get their boat ...

Topwater made for show

Most fishing presentations are made for underneath the water. Crankbaits dive down to different levels. Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers move along the bottom. Swimbaits and spinnerbaits go as deep as fishermen wish to fish them. While those presentations are proven fish catchers, sometimes ...

Spawning prehistoric pallids

RIVERDALE Recovery is a slow and tedious process but there has been continual progress in the effort to restore a once dwindling pallid sturgeon population in the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. Pallid sturgeon were placed on the endangered species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Muskie trippin’

Those of you who have dutifully followed my courageous exploits on the water know full well that my muskellunge fishing could, apparently, use some minor tweaking. Well, maybe a major overhaul, but please don't discuss my misfortune with others. We fishermen have reputations to uphold!As ...

The fight against ANS

DETROIT LAKES, MINN. - North Dakota has zebra mussels throughout the entire Red River. Biologists would like to keep the aquatic nuisance species from spreading to other bodies of water in the state. Zebra mussels have the ability to choke water intakes and change the biology of lakes and ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: A boat ramp rant

No. I haven't completely lost my mind over this. At least not yet. However, I did cleverly put "rant" in the headline of the valued opinion that follows so as to lure you, the coveted reader, into shamelessly delving into the content of this column. If you've read this far my ploy is working, ...

Waterfowlers boost youth shooting

The first-year South Prairie School trapshooting team received new shooting vests last week, just in time for the state shoot. They also received funding, as did the Minot Gun Club's junior shooting program."It's all about the youth. We want to get a good foundation for them," said Chad Beggs, ...

‘In the swing’ with skeet

Overall the weather was of little concern, but occassionally a clay target would dip or jump. That is expected at any skeet shoot held in North Dakota where the wind can play tricks on shooters tracking clays. Fortunately, the weather didn't play a major factor in a registered skeet shoot held ...

Bird day at Upper Souris NWR

FOXHOLM The day began with a bird walk at 7 a.m. with nearly 15 people participating. The bird walk was held at Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge as part of a celebration of Migratory Bird Day and the 100th anniversary of the signing of the International Migratory Bird Treaty Act."Since ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Lake Sakakawea smelt die-off

How severe the smelt die-off is in Lake Sakakawea won't be known until biologists conduct their annual adult smelt population surveys later this summer. What is known is that dead smelt have been recovered by North Dakota Game and Fish from Deepwater Bay to White Earth Bay.According to Missouri ...

A special fishing event

The weather was as perfect as possible for an evening of fishing. The young anglers were delighted too. So were the hosts Minot's NoDak Anglers and Pheasants for the Future.Nearly 30 teenagers with special needs participated in an opportunity to fish this past Tuesday at the State Fairground's ...

Store draws in sportsmen, tourists, tarpon

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS - It is unique and it is smack dab in the middle of the "Sportfishing Capital of the World." The World Wide Sportsman store at Islamorada is a draw for anglers of all levels of experience. Tourists and celebrities frequent the facility too."We see a tremendous amount of ...

OK catch at Lake Darling fishing derby

FOXHOLM The annual Souris River Longbeards Fishing Derby was staged at Lake Darling May 7 with a full field of 50 two-man teams participating. Anglers could fish for northern pike, walleye, perch or all three species.There has been some very tough early season fishing conditions for the event, ...

Where legends gather

Some stories are easy to tell in a clear and concise manner that conveys the author's thoughts and views so as to present the reader with a vivid picture of events and happenings and surroundings. Others are not. This may be one of the latter. As you read the following, I think you will ...

Snares and hunting dogs are a bad mix

Trappers are allowed to put snares in the field during the state's pheasant season, which is very popular with thousands of hunting dog owners. Unfortunately, some dogs have been caught in snares and killed. Other dogs have been snared but, with the help of an owner, lived through the ...

Opening week at Lake Darling

FOXHOLM Coming off the warmest winter in North Dakota history, refuge leaders made a choice to open the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge to boat fishing a full two weeks ahead of the traditional May 1 opener. While fishermen celebrated their good fortune the weather forecast began to put ...

Shoreline trash unsightly hazard

Shorebirds get tangled in discarded fishing line. The result is often death. People have to step over discarded beverage cans to find a debris-free place to fish. Rubbish carelessly tossed on the ground is unsightly and spoils the outdoor experience for others.Sandwich and candy bar wrappers, ...

High School trapshooting a fast growing sport

Say pull!A growing number of participants are saying exactly that at shooting ranges in North Dakota. More than 500 students are participating in the North Dakota High School Clay Target League. The spring shooting season began April 3."We take pride in that athletes of all types are able to ...

Beware those lousy ticks

They drag down huge moose and transmit disease. In addition to being irritating and creepy, they are a health hazard for humans. Ticks aren't just a nuisance anymore.Several years ago, what most people refer to as a wood tick or dog tick was simply a repulsive, crawling and biting insect that ...