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DEVILS LAKE – It is an amazing event, very well run and for an excellent cause. The annual Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Derby was held the last Saturday in January. “We got about 5,000 holes drilled this morning. We had about 150 people come out to help us with ...

FUNDINGSLAND: Enjoying the outdoors

Many North Dakota residents thoroughly enjoy the outdoor opportunities in this state. When hunting seasons came to a close in early January many who hadn’t already done so have since ventured onto the ice for some vertical fishing. There’s other activities too – hiking, skiing, ...

Outdoors Life

Do you have a favorite or interesting outdoors photograph? It could be one you already have or perhaps one you’ll take in the future. If so, we’d like to consider it for publication in a future edition of the Outdoors page. Only photographs submitted by email will be accepted. Include the ...

Contour lake maps updated

Several contour lake maps were recently updated with greater detail and quality and are now available on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website. Along with maps of fishing waters that were updated in December, new waters recently improved are Northgate Dam and Smishek Lake, Burke ...

Grant supports high school trap league

Local clubs or communities interested in receiving a grant to support a high school trap shooting team, must have the application in before April 1. Existing teams that have received a grant in the past are not eligible. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department offers a grant of up to $1,000, ...

NASP state tournament scheduled

The North Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament is scheduled for March 20-21 at the State Fair Center in Minot. The tournament will feature competition in Bullseye or Olympic style, 3-D and Varsity Archery. The tournament consists of team and individual competition in ...

Whopper Club

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight for January: Lake Sakakawea northern pike: Daniel Pritchard, Glen Ullin, Jan. 23, 25 lbs., 12 oz. Lake Oahe northern pike: Ryan Getz, Bismarck, Jan. 26, 20 lbs., 14 oz. Missouri River northern ...

CATCH-N-RELEASE CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and-Release Club qualifiers, date & length for January: Buffalo Lodge Lake walleye: Layton Olson, Voltaire, Jan. 4, 28 inches. Lake Oahe walleye: Eric Anderson, Bismarck, Jan. 4, 27 inches. Missouri River bluegill: Brayton ...

Outdoors Calendar

Feb. 21 – West Dakota Waterfowlers Banquet, Grand Hotel, 5 p.m. Feb. 22 – Spring Light Goose season opener. Feb. 22 – Bis-Man Reel & Rec. Ice Fishing Derby, Lake Audubon, 214-9832. Feb. 29 – Tree squirrel season closes. March 1 – Magic City Driftbusters Vintage Snowmobile ...

4-H youth take part in Northwest District Archery Match

Forty-two Ward County 4-H youth participated in the Northwest District Archery Match on Feb. 1 at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot. Indoor Archery Matches are split up by age and bow type divisions. Ages are Beginner 8 to 10; Junior 11 to 13; Senior 14 to 18; and Masters who are ...

Fort Stevenson candlelight hike

Fort Stevenson State Park is offering a candlelight hike Feb. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. during the full moon known as the Snow Moon. Participants are invited to hike, cross country ski, or snowshoe by candlelight. Park staff will provide candle luminaries to light the way followed by hot chocolate and ...

Spring turkey season set

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 6,230 wild turkey licenses for the 2020 spring hunting season, 205 more than last year. Seven of the 22 hunting units have more spring licenses than in 2019, five have fewer and nine remain the same. Unit 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) is ...

Landowner help with CRP offers

For the first time since June 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for its voluntary Conservation Reserve Program. Private landowners can sign up at their local USDA Farm Service Agency office through Feb. 28, 2020. Land that is not currently enrolled in CRP may ...

Keep fish caught in deep water

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists are encouraging ice anglers to keep fish caught from deep waters. Catch-and-release fishing, no matter the time of year, is discouraged for fish caught in 30 feet or more of water, because fish reeled in from those depths have a greater ...

Midwinter waterfowl survey

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual midwinter waterfowl survey in early January indicated about 90,000 Canada geese in the state. Andy Dinges, Department migratory game bird biologist, said North Dakota experienced relatively mild weather in fall and early winter, but a few ...

Remove gear from WMAs

Hunters are reminded that tree stands, blinds, steps and other personal items such as cameras, must be removed from all wildlife management areas by Jan. 31. Items not removed by Jan. 31 are considered abandoned property and are subject to removal and confiscation by the North Dakota Game and ...

Watchable Wildlife checkoff on state tax form

North Dakota citizens with an interest in supporting wildlife conservation programs are reminded to look for the Watchable Wildlife checkoff on the state tax form. The state income tax form gives wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to support nongame wildlife like songbirds and birds of prey, ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Saturday – Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Derby, Six Mile Bay. Feb. 1 – Souris Valley Bowmen Trophy Night, FFA Building, State Fairgrounds, 5 p.m. Feb. 1 – State Snowmobile Ride, Walhalla. Feb. 1 – Bite the Ice Fishing Derby, Van Hook, 240-2292. Feb. 8 – Souris ...