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Outdoors

Sportsmen wanted

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to assist in the recruitment, education, and retaining of sportsmen and women through NRA’s vast hunter education and outreach programs. “Together with the ...

Earth Day patch contest

The state Game and Fish Department’s annual Earth Day awareness campaign is accepting entries for design of a 2021 Earth Day patch. North Dakota students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate. The deadline for submitting entries is March 15. The Game and Fish Department will announce a ...

Outdoors Calendar

Today – CANCELED — Devils Lake VFD Ice Fishing Derby, 351-3191. Feb. 6 – Badlands Bass Bandits derby, Nelson Lake, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 6 – Harvey Wildlife Club Derby, Goose Lake, 399-9042. Feb. 13 – New Town “Bite the Ice” Derby, Van Hook. Feb. 13 – Douglas Sportsman’s ...

New freeze record set at Lake Sakakawea

RIVERDALE – Finally, it happened. Lake Sakakawea was officially declared frozen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on 12:45 p.m. this past Sunday. It is the latest date freeze date in the history of the reservoir. A recent stretch of warm temperatures and high winds opened up much of Lake ...

Largest ice derby canceled

DEVILS LAKE – It has been a much different winter than usual across most of North Dakota, including the Devils Lake region. Warmer than usual temperatures late into the winter season has resulted in less ice than what is normally to be expected on lakes throughout the state at this time of ...

Raising walleye – males only

RIVERDALE – They will be raised indoors at the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery for two years, the longest time ever for walleye. But these aren’t your typical walleye destined to be released into North Dakota waters. These are to become “super” walleye. Every year several million ...

Annual Makoti Lake ice derby

MAKOTI – A young boy raced his remote control vehicle across the shimmering ice. Not far away an empty bucket, pushed by the wind, moved across the ice with a fisherman struggling to keep his balance in pursuit. It was all part of several hours of good fun. The Hiddenwood Sportsman’s Club ...

Outdoors Life — Photo of the week; Ice fishing in the elements

If you have a photograph you would like to seev 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 ...

Spring turkey season set

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 7,005 wild turkey licenses for the 2021 spring hunting season, 775 more than last year. Unit 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed due to lack of turkeys in the unit. One noteworthy change from last year is muzzleloading rifles ...

Midwinter waterfowl survey

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual midwinter waterfowl survey in early January indicated about 165,000 Canada geese in the state. Andy Dinges, department migratory game bird biologist, said an estimated 67,200 Canada geese were observed on the Missouri River from MacLean ...

CWD test results

With most chronic wasting disease testing completed, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reports 18 deer tested positive during the 2020 hunting season. Fourteen were from hunting unit 3F2, two were from unit 3A1 and one was from unit 4B. A white-tailed deer harvested in unit 3A2 also ...

Watchable Wildlife checkoff

165,000 Canada geese in the state. Andy Dinges, department migratory game bird biologist, said an estimated 67,200 Canada geese were observed on the Missouri River from MacLean Bottoms Wildlife Management Area south of Bismarck to Garrison Dam. An additional 65,100 Canada geese were observed ...

Gear on WMAs

Hunters are reminded that tree stands, blinds, steps and other personal items such as cameras, must be removed from all wildlife management areas by Jan. 31. Items not removed by Jan. 31 are considered abandoned property and are subject to removal and confiscation by the North Dakota Game and ...

Outdoors Calendar

Wednesday – Pheasants for the Future feed night, SunPrairie Grain, 5 p.m. Jan. 30 – Devils Lake VFD Ice Fishing Derby, Six Mile Bay, 351-3191. Feb. 6 – Badlands Bass Bandits derby, Nelson Lake, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 6 – Harvey Wildlife Club Derby, Goose Lake, 399-9042. Feb. 13 – ...

Mountain lion late season closes

Mountain lion hunting during the late season in Zone 1 was immediately closed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Tuesday morning. The zone’s late-season harvest limit of either seven total cats or three females was reached after the third female was taken. A conditional season in ...

Lake Sakakawea’s open water surpasses record for latest freeze

Open water on Lake Sakakawea in the second half of January? No way! Yes. It’s true. The latest Lake Sakakawea had ever been declared “frozen” by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was at 10:10 a.m. on Jan. 18, 2012. Yesterday, Jan. 18, the reservoir had open water from Fort Stevenson ...

The King of North Dakota fish

RIVERDALE – Babysitting 400,000 kids is a pretty remarkable undertaking. That’s what Sean Henderson is doing, in a sense, at the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery. Henderson is tasked with rearing chinook salmon. “We’ve had a good year. No real issues. Knock on wood,” said ...

Comments By Kim: COVID cancels fishing

The latest response to increased worry about coronavirus in England resulted in adding fishing to the list of prohibited activities. I’m serious. England banned recreational fishing. No casting. No watching a bobber. No trolling. NO FISHING! Fishermen throughout that country were taken by ...

OutdoorsLife: Photo of the week: Split rock

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 ...

Homeschool Clay Target League

The USA Clay Target League has launched the USA Homeschool Clay Target League, a new clay target program developed specifically for homeschool associations, organizations, student athletes, and their families. “The mission of the USA Clay Target League includes the belief that all students ...