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Family participation strong during North Dakota deer season

COLEHARBOR – The state’s deer gun hunting season got under way at noon Nov. 4, a date many had circled on the calendar several months in advance. It’s called deer season, but for thousands of state residents its really a good old-fashioned outdoor family reunion. Certainly there’s the ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Nov. 24 – Deer Gun Season ends. Nov. 25 – Audubon NWR opens for upland game. Nov. 25 – Elk regular season opener. Nov. 25 – Mountain lion Zone 1 late season opener. Nov. 28 – Happy Thanksgiving! Nov. 29 – Deer Muzzleloader Season opener. Nov. 30-Dec.1 –Minot Rifle ...

CATCH-N-RELEASE CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and-Release Club qualifiers, date & length for October: Missouri River walleye: Kathy Woodbury, Bismarck, Oct. 20, 32 inches. Heart Butte Reservoir crappie: Lance Kolling, Dickinson, Oct. 16, 13 inches. Heart Butte Reservoir ...

WHOPPER CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight for October: Lake Sakakawea walleye: Caralina Edmund, Minot, Oct. 17, 8 lbs., 8 oz. Souris River walleye: Tanner Lord, Bottineau, Oct. 9, 8 lbs., 8 o0z. Missouri River walleye: Zachary Roberts, ...

Darkhouse spearfishing opens at ice-up

North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season opens on most state waters whenever ice-up occurs. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species. All individuals who participate in darkhouse spearfishing must first register online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, ...

Fall mule deer survey completed

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s fall mule deer survey indicated another year of good fawn production. Biologists counted 2,218 mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The ratios of 41 bucks per 100 does, and 84 fawns per 100 does, were similar to last year. “Overall, there ...

Early ice awareness for hunters, anglers

Hunters and anglers are reminded to be cognizant of early ice conditions before traveling onto and across North Dakota waters. Game and Fish Department education coordinator Brian Schaffer said there haven’t been enough days when the high temperature has remained below freezing to produce ...

Upper Missouri River reservoirs continue releasing high volume of water

RIVERDALE – The amount of water being released through Garrison Dam will continue at 48,000 cubic feet per second at least until late November. The release rate is approximately twice the long-term average for the facility due to one of the highest runoff seasons on record. The November ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Nov. 12 – Full moon, 7:36 a.m. Nov. 8 – Deer Gun 16 1/2 Day Season opener. Nov. 24 – Deer Gun Season ends. Nov. 25 – Audubon NWR opens for upland game. Nov. 25 – Elk regular season opener. Nov. 25 – Mountain lion Zone 1 late season opener. Nov. 28 – Happy ...

Hunters asked to use caution on roadways

In some areas of the state wet conditions are abating enough to allow North Dakota producers to start or continue row crop harvest. The State Game and Fish Department reminds hunters to avoid parking along roadways or field approaches where vehicles could block travel by farm ...

Chronic wasting disease surveillance continues

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2019 hunting season by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease from units in more than half of the state. Samples from hunter-harvested deer taken in the eastern portion of the state ...

Game warden attacked by bull moose

A game warden for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department was attacked by a bull moose Wednesday. District Game Warden Jonathan Toftland was investigating a report of a sick or injured moose in the Bottineau area. When he approached the moose, which was lying down, the animal stood up and ...

General game and habitat license required for deer hunters

Deer hunters are reminded of a state law that requires hunters to purchase a general game and habitat license before receiving a deer license. North Dakota Century Code 20.1-03-02 reads “a person may not acquire any resident or nonresident license to hunt, catch, take or kill any small game ...

Wildlife viewing devices on private land

Outdoor recreationists who install devices for viewing wildlife on private land should be aware of a state law that was passed during the 2019 legislative session. House Bill 1503 requires an individual who enters private property and installs a device for observing, recording or ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Nov. 1 – Bighorn Sheep Season opener. Nov. 12 – Full moon, 7:36 a.m. Nov. 8 – Deer Gun 16 1/2 Day Season opener. Nov. 29 – Deer Muzzleloader Season opener. Dec. 12 – Full moon, 11:13 p.m. April 13-14 – NSTRA Big Sky/Mid-North 64 dog open, Savage, MT, 406-489-0801. April ...

New SnoMo club in Garrison

GARRISON – There’s a new club in town. Recently formed and looking forward to their first organized season is the Sakakawea Fence Stretchers snowmobile club. Brent Schenfisch, Garrison, is the club’s first president. “We already have close to 30 memberships,” said Schenfisch. “With ...

Hunters urged to watch travel conditions

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds hunters to monitor on- and off-road travel conditions as many hunting seasons open this weekend. Recent moisture will make travel difficult on section line trails, unimproved roads and in harvested grain fields where hunting might take ...

Like father, like son

He’s fished 43 of 44 Governor’s Walleye Cup tournaments. His son was his fishing partner each and every time. He wouldn’t have it any other way. Seventy-five years old now, and with countless hours of enjoyment on the water, Chuck Berntsen of Minot treasures every opportunity to fish ...

Hunters reminded of big game transport rules

Big game hunters are reminded of requirements for transporting deer, elk and moose carcasses and carcass parts into and within North Dakota, as a precaution against the possible spread of chronic wasting disease. Hunters are prohibited from transporting into or within North Dakota the whole ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Friday – Elk Archery Season opener, E1E, E1W, E2,E6. Friday – Elk Regular Season opener, E3, E4. Friday – Moose Archery Season opener. Saturday – Badlands Bass Bandits Tourney, Lake Audubon, 6:30 a.m. Sept. 11-13 – Cabela’s National Walleye Tour, Grahams Island State Park, ...