Outdoors

Loaner life jackets at Upper Souris NWR

Submitted photograph Loaner life jacket stations have been placed this year at two locations on Lake Darling, at the Spillway and Grano boat ramps. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department for the program. “They are all youth life jackets. ...

Spring spawning efforts on Lake Sakakawea confirm quality fishery

PARSHALL – It happens every spring but, my oh my, it’s definitely not always like this. North Dakota Game and Fish biologists have been conducting their annual spring walleye spawning operations on Lake Sakakawea in recent days and the results have been extremely good, maybe the best ever ...

Paddlefish snagging to close Saturday

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is closing the state’s 2019 regular paddlefish snagging season, effective at 7 p.m. Central Time, on Saturday, May 11. The 2018-20 fishing proclamation allows for the Game and Fish director to close the snagging season early if it appears the harvest ...

New state record walleye

Submitted photograph Tom Volk, Lincoln, set a new state record for walleye with this 16 lb., 9 oz. catch on Sunday. The 32 1/2-inch fish was caught from shore along the Heart River in Mandan. The previous record was 15 lbs., 13 oz. caught by Neal Leier of Bismarck on May 18, 2018. Leier’s ...

ND has a variety of endangered species, both local and migratory

The World Wildlife Fund has found that in less than 50 years, there has been an overall decline of 60 percent in the population sizes of vertebrate species. These species include all mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. This has played a role in the number of endangered and threatened ...

High school trapshooting participants, programs continue to increase

It is a sport that is flying high. The proof of high school trapshooting’s rapid takeoff in North Dakota can be found at shooting ranges throughout the state. The impact of high school trapshooting at the Minot Gun Club has been nothing less than astounding. Area trapshooting teams comprised ...

Outdoor bills wrapping up at Legislature

One of the most hotly contested and high profile pieces of legislation at the current session of the North Dakota Legislature appears to be nearing the finish line. SB 2315, known as the “No Trespass” bill, has been the subject of many committee hearings that drew considerable response from ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Thursday – Minot Gun Club Special Meeting, Grand Hotel, 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday – Minot Rifle and Pistol Club Spring Gun Show, All Seasons Arena. April 13 – Spring Turkey opener. April 13 – Maple Sugaring Day, Fort Stevenson State Park, 9 a.m.-3p.m., 337-5576. April 19 – ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

March 20 – Full moon, 8:44 p.m. March 30-31 – Minot Rifle and Pistol Club Spring Gun Show, All Seasons Arena. April 13 – Spring Turkey opener. April 13 – Maple Sugaring Day, Ft. Stevenson State Park, 9 a.m.-3p.m., 337-5576. April 19 – Full moon, 6:13 a.m. April 27 – ND ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Saturday – North Dakota Bluegill Championship, Lake Metigoshe. Saturday – Bis-Man Reel & Rec Cabin Fever Social, Mandan Moose, 6 p.m. Saturday – Souris Valley Chapter 10th Annual Mule Deer Banquet, Grand Hotel, 5 p.m., 240-5551. March 15 – Bobcat season closes. March 15 – ...

Game and Fish violations for 2018

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s enforcement division has tallied the number of hunting, angling and boating citations for 2018, and failure to carry a license was the number one violation. Game wardens issued more than 2,400 citations last year, compared to 2,500 in ...

Youth grant applications due in April

Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civic organizations are urged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters program, a North Dakota Game and Fish Department grant program developed to assist recruitment of the next generation of hunters and shooters. The ...

For the love of fishing

You name it. He’s probably got it in his collection or is hoping to find one. Duane Biewer, Minot, has an extensive collection of fishing tackle that includes hundreds of hard to find, rare and odd items. It’s not surprising for a man who has had fishing in his blood as long as he can ...

Spring light goose conservation order

North Dakota’s spring light goose conservation order opens Feb. 23 and continues through May 12. Residents must have a valid current season 2018-19 (valid through March 31) or 2019-20 (required April 1) combination license; or a small game, and general game and habitat license. Resident ...

Walz, Flanagan to host their 1st Gov Fishing Opener in May

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Here's a warm thought for Minnesotans shivering in the cold and snow — the annual Governor's Fishing Opener is only three months away. Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will host their inaugural Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener since winning election in ...

Candlelight hike planned at Fort Stevenson

GARRISON — Fort Stevenson State Park is offering an outdoor event this Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. The public is invited to hike, cross-country ski or snowshoe by candlelight in advance of the upcoming full moon known as the Snow Moon. The Snow Moon full arrives next Tuesday. Park ...

Spring turkey application deadline Wednesday

Prospective spring turkey hunters are reminded the deadline for submitting an application for the 2019 season is Wednesday, February 13. Spring turkey applicants can apply online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can also be submitted by calling ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Saturday – Bis-Man Reel & Rec Ice Fishing Derby, Lake Audubon, 7 a.m., 214-9832. Feb. 19 – Full moon, 9:55 a.m. Feb. 22-24 – Wild Outdoor Women, Lake Metigoshe State Park, 263-4514. Feb. 23 – Spring Light Goose opener (proposed). March 2 – North Dakota Bluegill ...