Outdoors

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, ...

Whopper Club

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight for April: Missouri River common carp: Michael Keller, Bismarck, April 22, 29 bs. Nelson Lake crappie: Thomas Bennett, Garrison, April 4, 1 lb., 15 oz. Alkaline Lake walleye: Nicholas Kantor, ...

Catch N Release Club

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and Release Club qualifiers, date & length for April: Devils Lake northern pike: Mark Pilch, Grand Forks, April 1, 37 inches.

Outdoors Calendar

Tuesday – Lake Darling opens for boat fishing. Friday – Souris Valley Birding Club Oak Park Bird Walk, 8 a.m. Saturday – Badlands Bass Bandits Tourney, Lake Ashtabula. Sunday – Badlands Bass Bandits Tourney, Spiritwood Lake. May 11 – Souris Valley Birding Club Oak Park Bird ...

Educator workshops in Bottineau, Bismarck

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is sponsoring “Wildlife of North Dakota Featuring Pollinators” workshops in Bottineau and Bismarck, for teachers, environmental educators and anyone else who works with youth. The event in Bottineau is June 12-13 at Dakota College, and in Bismarck ...

Scholarships available for students

The North Dakota Game Wardens Association, Ray Goetz Memorial Fund and Kupper Chevrolet are providing scholarships to a graduating high school senior or current higher education student, majoring in fisheries, wildlife management or law enforcement. Applicants must be North Dakota residents, ...

Open fires banned on Oahe WMA

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is prohibiting open burning this spring on property managed south of Bismarck and Mandan, as a means to reduce potential for wildfires on a heavily wooded recreation area along the Missouri River. Bill Haase, wildlife resource management supervisor, ...

Popular national parks to raise fees to $35, not $70

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks. A change announced Thursday ...

Bighorn sheep population declines

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s 2017 bighorn sheep survey, completed by recounting lambs in March, revealed a minimum of 265 bighorn sheep in western North Dakota, down 11 percent from 2016 and 9 percent below the five-year average. Biologists counted 91 rams, 149 ewes and 25 ...

NASP State Tournament results

While a spring snowstorm kept some of the record 750 registrants from attending, 600 archers did compete in the North Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program state bull’s-eye tournament in Minot March 23-24. Oakes students claimed top honors in the elementary (grades 4-6) and middle ...

Game and Fish sponsors Earth Day project

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is once again celebrating Earth Day by sponsoring clean-up days on publicly owned or managed lands. With Earth Day recognized April 22, each member of a school, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, 4-H club or youth organization who participates in cleaning up ...