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Outdoors

Winter fishing regulations

Anglers are encouraged to refer to the North Dakota 2020-22 Fishing Guide or the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations, plus fishing questions and answers. Some winter fishing regulations include: A maximum of four rods is legal for ice ...

Darkhouse spearfishing opens at ice-up

North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season opens on most state waters whenever ice-up occurs. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species. Individuals who are required to possess a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) to darkhouse spearfish must first register online at the North ...

Fishing tournaments require 30-day notice

Organizers planning fishing tournaments, including ice fishing contests this winter, are reminded to submit an application along with fishing tournament regulations to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at least 30 days prior to the start of the event. The 30-day advance notice allows ...

River otter trapping season closed

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has closed the state’s river otter trapping season. Game and Fish said Monday that the statewide season’s predetermined harvest limit of 20 has been reached. Only North Dakota residents were eligible to participate, with a season limit of one ...

Audubon NWR pheasant opener

COLEHARBOR – There’s nothing like opening day, even if it arrives in the middle of the season. Okay, some explanation is needed. North Dakota’s pheasant season opened October 10. However, the first day of hunting upland game birds at several National Wildlife Refuges in the state was ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: For the love of dogs

I had the pleasure of watching a few dogs work in the field this past week, their handlers trailing behind them in the hopes of finding a few rooster pheasants. What a treat to see! No one who has ever walked behind a gun dog, defined as a dog used by hunters carrying shotguns, can ever ...

Outdoors LIFE — Photo of the Week: Keeping watch on the outdoors

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 ...

Outdoors LIFE — Home deer processing

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 ...

Bandits introduce ice series

The Badlands Bass Bandits have unveiled an “ice series” for December through March. All fishing will be done from boats on Nelson Lake, a power plant lake that has open water throughout the winter months due to warm water being discharged from the plant. Nelson Lake is located near Center ...

Mountain lion Zone 1 early season ends, late season opens

North Dakota’s early mountain lion season in Zone 1 closed Sunday, Nov. 22, and the late season, when hunters can pursue lions with dogs, is now open. During the early season, hunters took two cats from a harvest limit of eight. Under the season structure, a conditional season could open ...

Late-season hunting dates

North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded the statewide duck and white-fronted goose seasons close Dec. 6. However, duck hunting in the high plains unit reopens Dec. 12 and continues through Jan. 3. In addition, the season for Canada geese closes Dec. 19 in the eastern zone, Dec. 24 in the ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Today – CANCELED – Minot Rifle and Pistol Club Fall Gun Show, State Fair Center. Nov. 29 – CANCELED – Minot Rifle and Pistol Club Fall Gun Show, State Fair Center. Nov. 30 – Game and Fish Advisory Board virtual meetings, 7 p.m. Nov. 30 – Full Moon, 3:29 a.m., Beaver ...

Extraordinary perseverance

STANLEY – Twenty-one years ago Alex Johnson suffered an injury that resulted in paralysis from the neck down. Earlier this month he filled his deer gun tag. His story is remarkable. “It’s about character, tenacity and perseverance,” said Wayne Johnson, Stanley. Johnson’s brother Tim ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Wanted: Sportsmen input

The fall Advisory Board meetings conducted by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department are coming up soon. Due to the coronavirus epidemic the required public meetings will be held online rather than at eight various sites throughout the state. Attendance at Advisory Board meetings is ...

Outdoors LIFE — Photo of the week: Lasting impression

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 ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Nov. 22 – Deer gun season closes. Nov. 23 – Aubudon NWR upland game opener. Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Day. Nov. 27 – Deer muzzleloader season opener. Nov. 28-29 – Minot Rifle and Pistol Club Fall Gun Show, State Fair Center. Nov. 30 – Game and Fish Advisory Board virtual ...

Special allocation lottery apps due Jan. 1

Nonprofit organizations eligible to receive big game hunting licenses in 2021, must have the application submitted to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department no later than Jan. 1. North Dakota state law provides direction for the Game and Fish director to allocate big game hunting ...

Some refuges open to late-season upland game

Several national wildlife refuges in North Dakota are open to late-season upland game bird hunting the day after the deer gun season closes. Arrowwood, Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, Lake Alice, Lake Zahl, Long Lake, Lostwood, Tewaukon (pheasants only) and Upper Souris NWRs open Nov. ...

Fall mule deer survey completed

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s fall mule deer survey indicated another year of good fawn production. Biologists counted 2,116 mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The ratio of 82 fawns per 100 does was similar to last year, while 36 bucks per 100 does was lower than in ...

Early ice awareness

Hunters, anglers and trappers are reminded to be aware of early ice conditions before traveling onto and across North Dakota waters. A few reminders include: Edges firm up faster than farther out from shore. Snow insulates ice, which in turn inhibits solid ice formation, hiding cracks, ...