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Outdoors

Balsa baits go deep

BEMIDJI, Minn. – New for this fishing season, Northland Fishing Tackle is introducing a premium hardbait designed by chief bait designer Jarmo Rapala. The Rumble Stick is a deep-diving crankbait available in two sizes with varying diving depths for trolling. The #4 Rumble Stick dives 18’ ...

State Parks, fire safety

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department asks visitors to recreate safely during high fire danger conditions. The department manages 13 state parks located across North Dakota. Burn ban restrictions for each state park come directly from the county in which the park is located and ...

Advisory Board meetings scheduled

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department Advisory Board will host its public meetings on site this spring at eight locations across the state. In addition, the District 7 meeting in Bismarck will be streamed live on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. Attendance will be limited at the ...

Game and Fish offices open to public

North Dakota Game and Fish Department offices, except for Riverdale, are open to public access after being closed to walk-in traffic since last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Riverdale office will remain closed to walk-in traffic since it does not have an administrative assistant. ...

Record count of bighorn sheep

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s 2020 bighorn sheep survey, completed by recounting lambs in March, revealed a record 322 bighorn sheep in western North Dakota, up 11% from 2019 and 13% above the five-year average. The count surpassed the previous record of 313 bighorns in ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Sad about sage grouse

One of the most fascinating upland game birds I’ve ever witnessed is the sage grouse. My first look at them came many years ago during my first mule deer hunting trip to the Badlands in the far southwest part of North Dakota. I’ve never forgotten it. While big mule deer were on ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Today – Spring turkey opener. Today – Badlands Bass Bandits derby, Nelson Lake, 6:30 a.m., 300-3442. Today – Maple Sugaring Day, Fort Stevenson State Park. April 25 – AIM Weekend Walleye Series, Missouri River, Bismarck. April 26 – Full moon, Pink Moon, 10:33 p.m. May 1 – ...

Maple Sugaring event at Fort Stevenson State Park

GARRISON – Fort Stevenson State Park will host its annual Maple Sugaring event on Saturday, April 10. Park staff will demonstrate how to tap trees, collect sap, and use it to make maple syrup. They will also tell of the history of maple syrup and explain the equipment used in the process. The ...

Trio of outdoors bills

Three bills related to outdoors issues have either seen final action or are awaiting final action during this year’s legislative session in Bismarck. The trio of bills represent the last of what has generally been a very limited session in terms of proposed legislation regarding issues of ...

Junior duck stamp winner chosen

DEVILS LAKE – An acrylic painting titled “Midday Flow” submitted by Daniel Schumacher of Linton has been selected by judges to be the 2021 Best of Show winner in the North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Schumacher, 18, claimed the Best of Show title for the fourth year in a row. ...

Boat registrations

According to BoaterInput, there were about 12 million boats registered in the United States in 2019. Florida easily has the most of any state. North Dakota’s watercraft registrations have been on the increase for several years but, primarily due to a lower population, ranks nowhere near ...

Wildfire potential high in spring

As outdoor activity increases in spring, so does the risk of wildfires. An increase in human outdoor activity, combined with dead ground vegetation and high winds, make this time of year highly susceptible to wildfires. Because of highly variable weather patterns, North Dakota experiences a ...

Spring mule deer survey begins

The state Game and Fish Department’s annual spring aerial mule deer survey began April 1 in western North Dakota. Weather permitting, the survey takes about two weeks to complete. Game and Fish biologists have completed aerial surveys of the same 24 Badlands study areas since the 1950s. The ...

Deer gratis application online

Landowners interested in a 2021 deer gratis license can apply online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The deadline for applying is June 2. General deer and muzzleloader lottery applications will be available online in early May, also with a deadline of ...

Game warden exam set

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled an examination to select district game warden candidates. The test is at 10 a.m., June 11, at the department’s main office in Bismarck. Applicants must register no later than June 8 by submitting an online application through the North ...

Whopper Club February & March

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight for February: Missouri River burbot: Chris Stork, Washburn, Feb. 25, 9 lbs., 4 oz. Lake Sakakawea northern pike: Dan Saracino, Mandan, Feb. 23, 21 lbs., 14 oz. Lake Audubon smallmouth bass: Josh ...

Catch-n-Release Club February & March

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and-Release Club qualifiers, date & length for February: Trenton Lake crappie: Clay Gafkjen, Williston, Feb. 6, 14 inches. Lake Ashtabula crappie: Evan Brottlund, West Fargo, Feb. 12, 16 inches. Jason Magnuson, West Fargo, ...