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Outdoors

Respecting the Environment

FOXHOLM – It is nasty, disgusting, repulsive, ugly and illegal. It can be costly to clean up and fatal to wildlife too. Unfortunately, there’s still people who use the outdoors as their personal dumpster. The cumulative result is a unsightly trash along a riverbank or shoreline or day ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Fishing, camping and COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has been pretty much kept at bay here in North Dakota. I guess social distancing paid off. No matter what your views on the matter, there’s no arguing that the lasting effects are enormous. The North Dakota State Fair, county fairs, festivals and more have ...

Tick time: Creepy, crawly bloodsuckers

This is the time of year for you and your pets to harvest wood ticks. It seems there are more and more of them every year, and this year is no exception. Go outside, almost anywhere outdoors, and you’ll likely pick up a tick or two or twenty. You don’t even have to try. Those creepy, ...

Outdoors LIFE: Photo of the week — Take a gander

If you have a photograph you would like to see in a future edition of the Outdoors you can email it to kfundingsland@minotdailynews.com. Please include information such as where and when the photograph was taken and identification of anyone in the photograph. Comments regarding the photograph ...

Online hunter ed class available

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has one online hunter education class remaining for students to enroll in and complete prior to the deer gun application deadline. Students must complete the class no later than May 29. The online hunter education course is for students who will turn ...

May highlights safe boating

A safe boating public awareness campaign held annually in May serves as a good reminder for boaters heading into summer. A boat must have enough life jackets on board for all passengers. North Dakota law requires all children ages 10 and younger to wear a personal flotation device while in ...

Habitats workshop offered online

Habitat of North Dakota, a workshop for teachers, environmental educators and anyone who works with youth, will be offered online June 30 to July 17. Instructor Sherry Niesar says the program features new material using inquiry and project-based learning. “The materials presented will align ...

Game warden exam set for May 29

Individuals interested in taking the exam to select candidates for district game warden must register no later than May 27. The test is at 10 a.m., May 29, at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s main office in Bismarck. Applicants must register to take the exam by submitting an ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR 5-23

Today – Badlands Bass Bandits Wood Lake Fishing Derby. May 25 – Memorial Day. May 30 – CANCELED - Buffalo Lodge Lake Fishing Derby. June 5 – Full Moon, 2:12 p.m., Strawberry Moon. June 6 – Badlands Bass Bandits Fishing Derby, Dakota Waters, Lake Sakakawea. June 6-7 – ...

High school bass champions

CENTER – It had to be postponed a day and there was a last minute rule change, but the North Dakota High School Bass Fishing championship was finally held on Nelson Lake. The event was scheduled to be held at the lake warmed by discharge from the Milton R. Young coal power plant on ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Disturbing, disgusting and illegal

The poaching of big game in North Dakota universally riles up state citizens. It is especially true when the poaching appears to be a “thrill kill” and nothing else. No meat cut away or antlers taken. That is what happened recently about six miles south of Dunseith. The North Dakota Game ...

Outdoors LIFE: Photo of the week: Lunker laker

If you have a photograph you would like to see in a future edition of the Outdoors you can email it to kfundingsland@minotdailynews.com. Please include information such as where and when the photograph was taken and identification of anyone in the photograph. Comments regarding the photograph ...

Outdoors LIFE: Lake Darling walleye

If you have a photograph you would like to see in a future edition of the Outdoors you can email it to kfundingsland@minotdailynews.com. Please include information such as where and when the photograph was taken and identification of anyone in the photograph. Comments regarding the photograph ...

Spring mule deer survey complete

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April. Results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population is up 7% from last year and 22% above the long-term average. Biologists counted 2,364 mule deer in 267.3 square miles during this ...

Online hunter education certification reminder

Students interested in getting hunter education certified prior to the deer gun application deadline will want to sign up now through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website. The online hunter education course is for students who will turn at least age 12 on or before Dec. 31, ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR 5-17

Today – CANCELED - Bis-Man Reel & Rec 39th Annual Walleye Derby, Graner Bottoms, 400-4395. Today – CANCELED - Lake Region Anglers Derby, Creel Bay, Devils Lake. Sunday – CANCELED - AIM Walleye Series, Four Bears Marina, Lake Sakakawea. May 23 – Badlands Bass Bandits Wood Lake ...

Steve Silseth combines outdoor photography and taxidermy

Whether hidden in a gillie suit with camera in hand or meticulously painting the eye of a walleye, Steve Silseth strives for perfection. Examination of his visual masterpieces confirms his positive results. Silseth’s fascination for photography began at an early age. He remembers using a ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Releasing the outdoors

It is nice to see a return to more regular activity in our outdoors. The restrictions due to coronavirus concerns brought a halt to a lot of businesses and outdoor endeavors. We’ve all learned about social distancing and hand washing, at least I hope that’s the case. Earlier this week ...