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Outdoors

Ice safety awareness

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urges winter anglers to use extreme caution when venturing on the ice. Jackie Lundstrom, operations supervisor for the enforcement division, said ice conditions are some of the worst she has seen for this time of the year. “Especially thickness ...

Smartphone apps for ice fishing

Advancements in technology, easily retrieved on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, allow ice anglers access to more than 200 lake contour maps, providing yet another tool in the angler’s tackle box. “Back when we first started mapping in the early 2000s, anglers pretty ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Today – Christmas Bird Count, Denbigh, 8 a.m. Sunday – Upland game season closes, sunset. Jan. 9 – CANCELED-Souris River Longbeards Ice Fishing Derby, Lake Darling. Jan. 9 – Badlands Bass Bandits derby, Nelson Lake, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 30 – Devils Lake VFD Ice Fishing Derby, Six ...

Christmas bird counts underway

FOXHOLM – It has provided vital information for 121 years. Annual Christmas Bird Counts are held throughout the United States and Canada between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. The Minot area’s first Christmas Bird Count was held Friday, Dec. 18 at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge. It was ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Liked him immediately

I never met him but I liked him immediately. Immensely. And it was just a simple phone call. Not so many years ago I was working on a story about one of my favorite subjects – fishing topwater lures. I was on a pretty good roll too, liking the words appearing on my computer screen. As I ...

Corps winter access policy

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Garrison Project, announces their 2020-2021 winter access policy. This year there will be 113 entry points to Lake Sakakawea and 20 entry points to Lake Audubon. These entry points are a combination of boat ramps, shoreline access sites and freeways which are ...

State Parks opportunities to get outside in 2021

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department announces fun for 2021. The department is bringing back the statewide Adventure Challenge and unveiling a new statewide 12 Months-12 Hikes Challenge. Participants can pick a challenge or take on both. Spend 2021 exploring trails, trying new ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Today-Sunday – Free ice fishing weekend. Today – Christmas Bird Count, Garrison Dam, Audubon NWR 8 a.m. Sunday – Christmas Bird Count, Minot, Broadway McDonald’s 8 a.m. Tuesday – Full Moon, 9:28 p.m., Cold Moon. Friday – Happy New Year! Jan. 2 – Christmas Bird Count, ...

First Day Hikes at State parks

On January 1, 2021, some North Dakota state parks will be hosting First Day Hike events to including Lake Metigoshe, Cross Ranch, and Fort Stevenson State Parks. Depending upon snow conditions, event opportunities in North Dakota may include hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat tire ...

Game and Fish Employee of the Year

Mike Anderson, video project supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, received the agency’s Director’s Award for professional excellence. Terry Steinwand, Game and Fish director, said COVID-19 did not stop Anderson from missing a weekly assignment or ...

Wildlife Officer of the Year

Kylor Johnston, North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game warden stationed in Hazen, is the state’s 2020 Wildlife Officer of the Year. Johnston was honored recently by Shikar-Safari Club International, a private conservation organization that annually recognizes outstanding wildlife ...

Game and Fish recognizes employee efforts

North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand recently honored employees with performance-based awards. Ashley Peterson, photographer/videographer, Bismarck, was recognized for her efforts in livestreaming the spring and fall advisory board meetings. Bob Frohlich, ...

State Parks launches surveys

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has launched two online surveys, one for state park visitors and another for non-visitors. The goal of these surveys is to provide the department with data for an analysis of the park properties’ impacts on local communities and better ...

No bad day fishing

KEY LARGO, FLORIDA – Some days are better than others but, try as it might sometimes, there’s really no such thing as a bad day on the water with a fishing rod in hand and an outboard motor behind you. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience hundreds, perhaps thousands, of wonderful ...

Comments By Kim: Flying through a pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has gone on for many months. So has the learning curve. We’ve been through the ups and downs, several times, about masks, social distancing, hand sanitizing, business closures, travel restrictions and, finally, vaccinations. COVID is serious stuff, at times deadly ...

Outdoors Life — Photo of the week: Morning visitor

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

‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ hike

Whether the weather be frightful or delightful, you have an upcoming opportunity to get outdoors and be an active participant in a holiday-themed event. The newly formed North County Trail Association’s Central Flyway Chapter and the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge have partnered up for a ...

Lake Metigoshe State Park to host Wild Outdoor Women

Lake Metigoshe State Park is hosting a Wild Outdoor Women event on Feb. 19-21, 2021. The WOW event is for ladies over the age of 16 who are looking to learn or improve on skills associated with several of North Dakota’s outdoor recreational activities. Women of all skill levels are encouraged ...

Free ice fishing weekend

North Dakota’s free ice fishing weekend is Dec. 26-27. Resident anglers may fish that weekend without a license. All other winter fishing regulations apply. Fishing regulations and information on fishing waters is available on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at gf.nd.gov.

Fish house regulations

Winter anglers are reminded that any fish house left unoccupied on North Dakota waters must be made of materials that will allow it to float. Other fish house regulations include: —Fish houses do not require a license. —Occupied structures do not require identification. However, any ...