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Outdoors

The Red River delivers

GRAND FORKS – Catching catfish, especially big catfish, is something a fisherman never forgets. They are a hard fighting fish that know how to use the currents of the Red River to test the skills of any angler. But my, oh my, are they fun! Captain Brad Durick, catfish guide and author, ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Why we fish

Do you ever ask yourself why you fish? I mean, really ask yourself and come up with an answer with which you are comfortably satisfied. Those of us who fish, and there are many, know we like to go but may not fully understand why. I suppose every fisherman can come up with different reasons, ...

Devils Lake mid-summer bite

DEVILS LAKE – Life is returning to normal, with business about even right now compared to a year ago, according to Suzie Kenner, Devils Lake Tourism executive director. “Travelers need to take the time to book motels and resorts that coincide with their fishing schedules. The guides ...

Outdoors LIFE: Photo of the Week — Hiking the Badlands

If you have a photograph you would like to see in a future edition of the Outdoors you can email it to kfundingsland@minotdailynews.com. Please include information such as where and when the photograph was taken and identification of anyone in the photograph. Comments regarding the photograph ...

Early Canada goose dates announced

North Dakota’s early Canada goose season dates are set, with bag limits and licensing requirements the same as last year. Opening day is Aug. 15 in all three zones. Closing dates are Sept. 7 in the Missouri River zone, Sept. 15 in the western zone and Sept. 22 in the eastern zone. Limits ...

Small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations set

North Dakota’s 2020 small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations are set and most season structures are similar to last year. Noteworthy items include: —Opening day for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers for North Dakota residents is Sept. 26. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl ...

Swan hunt applications online

Swan hunters interested in applying for a 2020 license can submit an online application through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. The resident swan license is $10, while the nonresident fee is $30. ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR 8-1

Today – Badlands Bass Bandits East Park Lake Derby. Today – Four Bears Casino Walleye Derby, Lake Sakakawea, 421-9880. Monday – Full Moon, 10:58 a.m., Sturgeon Moon. Aug. 8 – Outlaw Walleye Derby, White Earth Bay, Lake Sakakawea, 770-1442. Aug. 8 – Youth Shooting Event, Velva ...

Genetics program for Badlands bison

WATFORD CITY – They used to roam the continent by the millions and almost became extinct, but today small herds of bison survive at several places in the United States. Included on the list of locations is both the North and South Units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, It is there, in ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Is that one fish or two?

Is catching a limit of walleyes better than catching a limit of walleye? Here I go again, messing with words that mess with my mind. Maybe yours too, especially if you read any further. Sorry. All of this is like a stupid song I can’t get out of my head. It sort of reminds me of a line in ...

Outdoors LIFE: Photo of the Week — Interesting visitors

If you have a photograph you would like to see in a future edition of the Outdoors you can email it to kfundingsland@minotdailynews.com. Please include information such as where and when the photograph was taken and identification of anyone in the photograph. Comments regarding the photograph ...

Record walleye stocking

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel are finishing stocking a record 180 lakes across the state with nearly 12 million walleye fingerlings. Fisheries production and development supervisor Jerry Weigel said the number of lakes bested the previous high by nearly ...

Youth Shooting Sports Day

The Souris River Basin Longbeards and Velva Wildlife Club are hosting a Youth Shooting Sports day Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Velva Wildlife Club located 2.5 miles west of Velva. The event is open to youth ages 8-18. There is no charge. Pre-registation is due by Aug. 5. The event is limited to ...

Angler Pearl Gillespie a skilled competitor

Her name is often found on the leader board. Sometimes at the very top. Pearl Gillespie, fishing with husband Scott, won the Anglers Insight Marketing walleye tournament out of New Town last month and are currently in the running for “Team of the Year.” Winning fishing is not new for ...

First in the state

WATFORD CITY – It’s the first of its kind in the state. A wildlife underpass is nearing completion. It is located on Highway 85 just south of the entrance to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. A new bridge is being built across the Little Missouri River, replacing the ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Return to the Badlands

Shame on me. It had been more than a year since I had visited the Badlands of western North Dakota when I made a trip there last week. It was like visiting an old friend. With all that is going on throughout the United States, pandemic and rioting and politics and fractured news reporting, it ...

Meeting a growing need

WATFORD CITY – There’s still work to be done, but a lot has been done too. A new shooting sports complex is already seeing plenty of use immediately southwest of the city. “We have a pistol range, 100, 200 and 300-yard rifle ranges, traphouses and an archery range just outside the ...

Cumber chosen for Fishing Hall of Fame

The North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ken Cumber of Jamestown has been approved as a 2020 inductee to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony normally occurs during the rules meeting for the Governor’s Cup Walleye Derby. However due ...

ND poacher fined thousands

A North Dakota man has been ordered to pay $74,000 in restitution for poaching a trophy mule deer buck in northwestern New Mexico. Cody Davis, Dunseith, also was ordered to make a $3,000 donation to the Operation Game Thief program. New Mexico authorities say Davis killed a mule deer out of ...

Applications for remaining deer licenses due July 22

North Dakota residents who were unsuccessful in the initial deer lottery are reminded the deadline to apply for a remaining license is July 22. More than 6,000 deer gun licenses remain in 17 units. Unsuccessful applicants must apply online by visiting the state Game and Fish Department ...