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Outdoors

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, ...

Remote outpost provides crucial services to isolated region

POINTS NORTH, SASK. – It is one of the most remote, isolated and forbidding places in North America and that is exactly why it is also vitally important to the region. Points North is an oasis, sometimes a lifesaving one, in the wilderness of far northeast Saskatchewan. Points North Landing ...

Fall turkey season set

North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set, with 3,660 licenses available to hunters, 50 fewer than last year. Fall turkey hunters, including gratis applicants, who are interested in applying for a 2019 license can submit an online application through the North Dakota Game and Fish ...

Swan lottery held, licenses remain

North Dakota’s swan lottery has been held and 185 licenses remain. Only hunters who do not have a swan license for the 2019 season can apply, as regulations limit hunters to one license per year. Beginning Aug. 28, all remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. ...

ND Game & Fish to hold game warden exam on Sept. 6

Individuals interested in taking the exam to select candidates for the full-time temporary position of game warden must register no later than Sept. 2. The test is at 10 a.m., Sept. 6, at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s main office in Bismarck. Applicants must register to take ...

Watch out for moose

GARRISON – A road sign along U.S. Highway 83 a short distance south of the Garrison turnoff pictures a moose and reads “Next 21 miles.” The moose sign has been there for a few months to alert motorists in advance of areas where unexpected entries of moose into the the highway might ...

Deer lottery held, licenses remain

North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held. Individual results are available online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Chief of administrative services Kim Kary said moving to an online lottery has resulted in reducing the time between the application deadline ...

Lake Audubon’s muskies

COLEHARBOR – Oh my goodness what fun it is! An incredible success story continues to unfold at Lake Audubon. In 2010 the North Dakota Game and Fish Department cautiously introduced a small number of sterile Tiger muskellunge into Lake Audubon. Stockings of muskie, both Tigers and pure ...

Pronghorn survey to begin

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual aerial pronghorn survey is set to begin with a secondary survey slated for mid-June and the main survey scheduled for July 1-10. The survey is used to determine pronghorn abundance, herd demographics and fawn production. This data is used ...

Walleye studies at Sakakawea, Alkaline

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently tagged approximately 3,000 walleyes in Lake Sakakawea - 1,000 each in the upper, middle and lower regions of the lake. Managers plan to continue tagging 3,000 walleye from Lake Sakakawea each year through 2022. This four-year ...

Don’t bring aquatic bait into North Dakota

Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to import minnows and other forms of live aquatic bait into North Dakota. Anglers should buy bait from a licensed North Dakota retail bait vendor. Bait vendors can properly identify species and have taken steps to ensure all bait is clean of any aquatic ...

Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest for 2019 is now open for submissions. The contest has categories for nongame and game species, as well as plants/insects. An overall winning photograph will be chosen, with the number of place winners in each ...

Halloween in June at Lewis and Clark State Park

Lewis and Clark State Park will be hosting their annual Halloween in June on June 14-15. Crafts begin at 8 p.m. Friday, followed by campsite decorating. On Saturday, a carnival will be held at the amphitheater from 3-4 p.m., trick-or-treating from 3-5 p.m., costume contest starting at 7 p.m., ...

CATCH-n-RELEASE CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and-Release Club qualifiers, date & length for May: Spiritwood Lake northern pike: Stacy Harr, Jamestown, May 26, 42 inches. Lake Audubon smallmouth bass: Cody Humann, Bismarck, May 4, 17 inches. Lake Darling smallmouth ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Saturday – Lake Region Anglers Devils Lake Open, Six Mile Bay, 351-0433. Saturday – Warriors on the Water, Indian Hills Resort, 389-0601. Sunday – Happy Father’s Day! Sunday – AIM Fishing Derby, Lake Audubon, Totten Trail, 920-505-0122. June 17 – Full moon, 3:32 a.m. June ...

WHOPPER CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight for May: Missouri River brown trout: Grant Meyer, Minot, May 9, 8 lbs., 8 oz. Robert Bullinger, Mandan, May 19, 14 lbs., 8 oz. Missouri River rainbow trout: Bradley Markwardt, Hazen, May 13, 10 ...