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Outdoors

Enjoying the outdoors

The threat of contacting coronavirus has affected lives in many ways the past several days, including staying at home as much as possible and “social distancing” from others. However, it’s also a perfect time to get outdoors and put a big dent in cabin fever. This past Sunday there were ...

FUNDINGSLAND: Time to step outdoors

I hope everyone who reads this is healthy and is treating social distancing with the seriousness it deserves. No one wants to catch or spread coronavirus identified by the Center for Disease Control as COVID-19. What is understandably difficult and particularly trying, for many, staying at ...

Whooping crane migration

Whooping cranes are in the midst of their spring migration and sightings will increase as they make their way into and through North Dakota over the next several weeks. Anyone seeing these endangered birds as they move through the state is asked to report sightings so the birds can be ...

Sportfishing Congress cancels annual banquet

The North Dakota Sportfishing Congress Executive Committee has canceled its Annual Banquet and Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, April 25, at the Bismarck AMVETS due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of being able to hold social gatherings. Refunds for the banquet/fundraiser and ...

State OHV trails open

North Dakota law closes public access to snowmobile trails between April 1 and Nov. 1 every year. People are asked to refrain from using ATVs or OHVs on closed snowmobile trails. Even if you see a snowmobile trail that is marked, it is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile within a ...

Hunters cautioned of ground conditions

The spring snow goose migration is in full swing, and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is asking hunters to be wary of muddy roads and saturated ground conditions when traveling to and from hunting locations. Game and Fish Department wildlife chief Jeb Williams said goose hunters are ...

State Parks closures and COVID-19

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has closed all state parks and recreation buildings to the public. This includes, but is not limited to, all overnight facilities, museums, visitor and interpretative centers, marinas and comfort stations. The department is also postponing or ...

Corps closes visitor centers, suspends tours

OMAHA, Neb. – Due to health and safety precautions regarding COVID-19, all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Omaha District Visitor Centers will be closed and all public group tours and events have been canceled until further notice. This is strictly a preventive measure. The Omaha District is ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR 3-28

Wednesday – New fishing licenses required. April 7 – Full Moon, 9:35 p.m., Pink Moon. April 11 – Spring Turkey season opener. April 18 – National Park Week begins, Free Admission Day, Theodore Roosevelt Nat’l. Park. April 25 – Badlands Bass Bandits Lake Nelson Ice ...

Coronavirus and the outdoors

The coronavirus pandemic has far reaching tentacles that wrap around many outdoor activities. What is on many people’s minds now is to what extent and for how long. While answers to those questions remain unknowns, the growing list of precautions that has effected outdoor-related activities ...

Outdoors LIFE

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ND Game and Fish offers up the outdoors

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department encourages hunters and anglers to make mindful decisions on outdoor activities by following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Customer, volunteer and employee well-being is of top priority. Earlier this week, Game ...

Coronavirus and parks, camping

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has closed all state parks and recreation buildings to the public. This includes, but is not limited to, all overnight facilities, museums, visitor and interpretative centers, marinas and comfort stations. The department is also postponing or ...

NRA launches free Experienced Hunter Education course

The National Rifle Association has launched an Experienced Hunter Education Course. “If you’ve taken a break from the shooting sports or haven’t hunted in a season or two, our Experienced Hunter Education Course is the perfect refresher for firearms safety and safe hunting practices,” ...

2020-21 licenses needed April 1

North Dakota anglers, trappers and hunters are reminded that new licenses for the 2020-21 season are required starting April 1. Licenses can be purchased online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Once the license is processed, users will have the option ...

Guide and Outfitter exam set

The next guide and outfitter written examination is May 9 at 1 p.m. at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department office in Bismarck. The test is given periodically to anyone interested in becoming a guide or outfitter in the state. In addition to passing a written exam, qualifications for ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR 3-21

March 28-29 – 49th Annual Minot Rifle & Pistol Club Gun Show, State Fair Center. April 1 – New fishing licenses required. April 7 – Full Moon, 9:35 p.m., Pink Moon. April 11 – Spring Turkey season opener. April 18 – National Park Week begins, Free Admission Day, Theodore ...

New center and indoor shooting range popular in Stanley

STANLEY – It is a very impressive facility and, in just a few short months, has become very well accepted in this community. Even though finishing touches are still underway at the 7,000 square foot building that opened late in the summer of 2019, the facility has already proven to be in ...

New director for DU’s Great Plains Region

Ducks Unlimited has named Johann Walker as the next director of operations for DU’s 7-state Great Plains Region. The region includes North Dakota. “Johann has a passion for and a deep commitment to wetlands and grasslands in the United States Great Plains,” said Ducks Unlimited Chief ...