Outdoors

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 ...

Wonderment on the water

When I was walking down the ramp to where my boat was moored at the dock this past week I was the only person in the parking lot at Fort Stevenson State Park. Before I could launch another man began backing his boat down the ramp."I thought I had the lake to myself," I said to him."Not today. ...

Outdoors Briefs

National Wildlife Refuge WeekThe Souris River Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex will celebrate Refuge Week this year with two free family friendly events.On Saturday, Oct. 8, J Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge will host "The Big Sit!" at the Sandhills Picnic Area from 8-10 a.m. "The ...

Enjoy vino with a view at these scenic wineries

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Tasting wine is fun and possibly educational. But tasting wine while gazing on a backdrop of vine-covered hills rippling toward a blue horizon? That's a fairly unbeatable pairing.Here are some California wineries with views that will have you pulling your nose out of that ...

Enjoy vino with a view at these scenic wineries

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Tasting wine is fun and possibly educational. But tasting wine while gazing on a backdrop of vine-covered hills rippling toward a blue horizon? That's a fairly unbeatable pairing.Here are some California wineries with views that will have you pulling your nose out of that ...

Hiking to Machu Picchu past sacred Inca peaks in the Andes

SALKANTAY PASS, Peru (AP) - Our hiking group had reached the highest point of our trek through the Andes to Machu Picchu. Now our guide was leading us in a Quechua ritual. We took turns placing stones in an "apacheta" pyramid over herbs and bits of chocolate bars, offering them to Apu ...

Beached boats, pink water as drought saps Great Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - On the southern shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea.North of the nearly empty marina, salt-loving bacteria thriving in the low water has turned the liquid pink.The ...

100 years, 3,300 miles: Vintage motorcycles hitting the road

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Thomas Trapp sells new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Germany, but for the next two weeks he'll be riding 3,300 miles coast to coast in the United States, aboard one made 102 years ago.He's one of about 100 riders set to straddle century-old machines as part of the ...

Camping fun and relaxation

GARRISON There's very few moments in life to match the time spent around a campfire, conversing with good friends while a spectacular sunset settles over a calm Lake Sakakawea. Such experiences are priceless to those who have learned to fully appreciate them. Conversation often goes late into ...

Outdoor Briefs

September events at Sully HillFriends of Sullys Hill, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be offering elk bugling wagon tours through the preserve. Rides will be offered Thursday evenings Sept. 22 and 29, and Oct. 6. Wagons will leave the visitor center parking lot at 6 p.m. ...

Beware of the hooks

A fun outing on the water can turn lousy in a hurry when a hook becomes embedded in the wrong place, such as anywhere on a fisherman. It happens more frequently than many fishermen realize.Perhaps the two most common ways of hooks winding up in a fisherman's skin are from the backcast of a ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Readers rub it in

I have openly chronicled on these pages previously my muskie fishing exploits. I've always been honest with you, the coveted reader, even when doing so has somewhat diminished my self-anointed abilities as a clever, innovative and infinitely successful angler.In doing so it seems that I have ...

The season of salmon

RIVERDALE At roughly this date on the calendar each year the salmon roaming Lake Sakakawea return to the lower end of the lake. So to do the dedicated fishermen who covet them.Many of the salmon return from upper reaches of the massive reservoir where they have spent several months in deep, ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: The season of choices

What's an outdoor person to do? This is the time of year of many choices in North Dakota. The best thing is you can't go wrong.That's right. Fall is almost here. It officially arrives on Sept. 22 but, for outdoor types, now is close enough. Maybe.Early season goose hunters are already in the ...

Giants of the Red

GRAND FORKS The boat slips into the water and moves away from the dock. The surroundings quickly transform. Within minutes all evidence of man disappears from view and, with just a little imagination, the year could just as easily be 1840 rather than 2016.Those who boat or fish from the banks ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Time to deal with it

The time to begin taking meaningful action to improve water quality throughout our state is now. We've waited too long already. It is time to quit looking the other way and time to start getting something done.The North Dakota State Health Department recognizes the need to stem the flow of ...