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Outdoors

COMMENTS BY KIM: Dogs on trial

The upland game season opener is just three weeks away, opening statewide on Sept. 12. While the upland opener isn’t quite as well attended as it once was, it still is the number one date on the calendar for dogs and dog owners. Let the fun in the field begin! I’ve been fortunate to have ...

Outdoors LIFE: Photo of the week — Sharing a sunny spot

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

ND Fishing Hall of Fame: Displays, inductees, stories

GARRISON – The membership reads like a list of “Who’s who” in North Dakota fishing. They are the inductees into the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame. The hall started with an impressive first class in 1981 and has since grown to 40, 37 individuals and three clubs. Over the history ...

Federal duck stamp required Sept. 1

Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are reminded a federal duck stamp is required beginning Sept. 1. Waterfowl includes ducks, geese, swans, mergansers and coots. This year’s 2020-21 federal duck stamp is available for electronic purchase through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s ...

Equipment registration number used for identification

Hunters, trappers and anglers are reminded that an equipment registration number, or the individual’s name, address and telephone number, must be displayed on all equipment requiring identification. While on state wildlife management areas, identification is required on items such as ground ...

Outdoors calendar 8-22

Today – ND Student Angler Federation High School Bass Fishing Qualifier, East Park Lake, 471-0013. Today – Fort Stevenson State Park Regatta, noon. Tuesday – National Park Service Birthday, Free Admission, Theodore Roosevelt Nat’l. Park. Aug. 29 – Badlands Bass Bandits ...

Pronghorn lottery held

North Dakota’s pronghorn antelope lottery has been held. Individual results are available online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. A total of 1,790 licenses were available in 15 units, and 16,248 applications, including 689 gratis, were received. All licenses were ...

It all starts with plants

“Habitat is really important and it is showcased out here at the Fairgrounds,” said Greg Gullickson, North Dakota Game and Fish Department outreach biologist. “It is neat to see all those different species, to see the diversity you get on plants and flower types.” The sample ...

Smallmouth bass tactics

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Badlands Bass Bandits hosted a tournament Aug. 1 at New Johns Lake. Here’s what three of the anglers had to say about catching smallmouth bass: “It’s different all the time. Today what we used were a lot of tubes, some drop shot and little plastic minnows. That ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Watch those wandering pellets

The Canada goose August management season opened today in three specific zones in the state. It marks the first of our fall hunting seasons in North Dakota and it also should serve as a reminder that shotgun safety should not be overlooked. Many people believe limited range shotguns firing ...

Electronic posting study in three counties

Hunters in Ramsey, Richland and Slope counties are encouraged to use the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s online map resources this fall to evaluate electronic posting, a pilot study that was authorized by the 2019 North Dakota Legislature. Private land that is posted electronically ...

Fort Stevenson Regatta Aug. 22

The 8th annual Fort Stevenson Regatta will begin at noon Aug. 22. The course length will be between eight and 10 miles based on weather conditions. Spectators can view the race from the park’s bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea and from the guardhouse lawn. There is no fee to watch. The park ...

Fall turkey application deadline Sept. 2

North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 3,785 licenses available to hunters, 125 more than last year. Unit 47 (Eddy, Foster, Kidder, Sheridan, Stutsman and Wells counties), which has been closed to fall turkey hunting because of low numbers, is open due to an increase in turkeys in ...

PLOTS Guide available online

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2020 is available online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, the free printed PLOTS guides will be available in mid-August at most license vendors and other locations throughout the ...

HIP registration required for migratory bird hunters

Migratory bird hunters of all ages are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves and woodcock. Hunters must register in each state for which they are licensed to hunt. Hunters can HIP certify when ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR 8-15

Today – AIM Walleye Series ND Championship, Beulah Bay, Lake Sakakawea. Today – Badlands Bass Bandits Lake Audubon Derby, Cabin Site ramp. Today – CANCELED - Lake Region Anglers Derby, Creel Bay. Today – CANCELED - Great Planers Trout and Salmon Derby, Lake Sakakawea State ...

Outdoors LIFE: Photo of the Week

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

Sakakawea levels dropping

A reasonably dry July over much of the Missouri River Basin has resulted in a downward revision of expected runoff. Below-normal precipitation in Montana and Wyoming is cited as the reason why. “Reservoir inflows in July declined due to the warmer and drier conditions in the upper basin. The ...

Swan application deadline Wednesday

Swan hunters are reminded the deadline for submitting an application for the 2020 season is Aug. 12. Applicants must submit an online application through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. The ...