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Outdoors

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 ...

Deer application deadline Wednesday

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2019 deer gun season is Wednesday, June 5. Applicants for regular deer gun, youth and muzzleloader can apply online through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at gf.nd.gov, or call 800-406-6409. A service fee is charged for ...

Bass fishing on the increase in North Dakota

Oh my goodness, they are a fun fish to catch! More and more North Dakotans are joining in the fun too. Interest in bass fishing all across the state has been on the rise for the past several years. All indicators are that the upward trend will continue. In this walleye-crazy state bass ...

Ward County hosts 3D Archery Shoot

Eleven Ward County 4-H members attended the 3D Archery Shoot in Minot at the Souris Valley Bowmen Range on May 18. Categories are split up by age and type of bow the individual uses. Ages include Beginner, who are ages 8 to 10; Junior, ages 11 to 13; and Senior, ages 14 to 18. There are two ...

Towner rancher Ryan Taylor joins Ducks Unlimited staff

Ryan Taylor, a fourth-generation rancher and an advocate for rural people and rural places, has joined Ducks Unlimited as public policy director for the prairie states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Taylor brings to the conservation non-profit experience in policy and as a working ...

Special fishing day set at refuge

The Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge in cooperation with the North Dakota Game & Fish Department and local volunteers will sponsor a fishing day for individuals with special needs from Minot and the surrounding area. The event, planned for June 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will take ...

Randal Layman, Tennessee, set for trial on wildlife charges in Divide County

CROSBY – A man the state maintains acted illegally as a hunting guide for several years is scheduled to go on trial Dec. 11 in Divide County. Randal Scott Layman, Jr., Fayetteville, Tennessee is charged with four class C felony counts of exploitation of wildlife. Three similar charges ...

National Trails Day observed

National Trails Day will be observed in North Dakota State Parks on Saturday, June 1. National Trails Day is a nation-wide event that encourages everyone to head outside and be active. Here are some of the scheduled events: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park: Annual 15k Trail Run and 5k Family ...

Local gardening club helps growers share gardening ideas

The Northwest Association of Horticulture (NoAH) has been brightening the lives and gardens of its members since 1985. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Julie Budeau, a longtime member who became a passionate gardener after she retired and took a master gardening class. Budeau said membership ...

Knife River Indian Villages summer operating hours and events to begin

STANTON – New operating hours will be in effect for the summer at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton beginning Sunday, May 26. The park Visitor Center and the earthlodge will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT. Guided tours of the earthlodge will be offered ...

Local 4-H members place at 3D Archery Shoot

BISMARCK – Seven Ward County 4-H members attended the Missouri River 3D Archery Shoot in Bismarck at the Nishu Bowman Archery Complex on May 4. Categories are split up by age and type of bow the individual uses. Ages include Beginner, who are ages 8 to 10; Junior, ages 11 to 13; and Senior, ...

State record fish disallowed

What was thought to be a new state record walleye caught on hook and line has been disqualified. Tom Volk of Lincoln caught the 16 pound, 9 ounce whopper measuring 32 one-half inches in length while shore fishing along the Heart River in Mandan April 22. A news release from Game and Fish ...

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 ...