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Outdoors

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 ...

Skishoeing comes to Minot

They are too wide and too short to be a cross-county ski, and too long and too narrow to be a snowshoe. What are they? Skishoes, and they are beginning to see a rise in popularity. Skishoeing is proving to be very good way for people of all ages to get out and enjoy the snow. It doesn’t ...

More deer positive for CWD

Eight deer taken during the 2019 North Dakota deer gun season tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to Dr. Charlie Bahnson, wildlife veterinarian for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. All were antlered deer taken from areas previously known to have CWD – six from ...

Youth snowmobile class canceled

The snowmobile Youth Safety Course scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Minot’s MAYSA arena has been canceled. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department was hosting the event for the purpose of certifying snowmobile riders 10 years of age or older who do not have a valid driver’s ...

Outdoors Calendar

Saturday – Gasmann Coulee Cruisers Snowmobile Fun Run, 833-8560. Jan. 25 – 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 – ...

Snowmobile youth safety class in Minot

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is holding a Youth Safety Course at Minot’s Maysa Arena on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. “We want snowmobiling in North Dakota to be enjoyable, where generations can connect through a shared experience. Part of ensuring that fun on the 2,800 ...

Corps announces Lake Sakakawea winter access policy

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Garrison Project, announced its 2019-2020 winter access policy this week. This year there will be 113 points of entry to Lake Sakakawea and 20 points of entry to Lake Audubon. The points of entry are a combination of boat ramps, shoreline access sites, and ...

Ice anglers reminded to clean up ice

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds winter anglers to clean up the ice after fishing. This not only applies to trash, but fish as well. It is illegal to leave fish, including minnows used for bait, behind on the ice. According to state fishing regulations, when a fish is caught, ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Jan. 18 – Gasmann Coulee Cruisers Snowmobile Fun Run, 833-8560. Feb. 1 – Souris Valley Bowmen Trophy Night, FFA Building, State Fairgrounds, 5 p.m. Feb. 1 – State Snowmobile Ride, Walhalla. Feb. 21 – West Dakota Waterfowlers Banquet, Grand Hotel, 5 p.m. Feb. 22 – Spring Light ...

Whopper Club

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight for December: Missouri River walleye: Troy Miller, Mandan, Dec. 15, 8 lbs., 9 oz. Dean Byrd, Beulah, Dec. 21, 9 lbs., 3 oz.

CATCH-N-RELEASE CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and-Release Club qualifiers, date & length for December: Lake Audubon walleye: Duane Schmidt, Beulah, Dec. 15, 29 inches.

Contour lake maps on website

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently added new fishing waters to the list of available contour maps on the Game and Fish website. In addition, Jerry Weigel, fisheries production and development section leader, said maps of existing waters have been reprocessed to ...

Hunter education classes

Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2020 are reminded to register early, as most classes are held the first few months of the calendar year. Interested students must click on the education link at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Classes ...

Outdoors calendar

Sunday – Minot Christmas Bird Count, Broadway McDonalds, 7:45 a.m., 720-1001. Wednesday – Merry Christmas! Friday – Upper Souris NWR Christmas Bird Count, 7:45 a.m., 468-5467. Saturday-Sunday – North Dakota Free Fishing weekend. Saturday – Denbigh Christmas Bird Count, Towner ...