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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 ...

Least tern removed from endangered species list

It took some special care and 35 years of federal protection, but the least tern was “delisted” February 12 – officially removed from the endangered species list. The population of the small shorebird has risen in North Dakota from six nests recorded in 2004 to more than 200 in ...

Badlands in winter

WATFORD CITY – What a winter it has been. Very little snow has fallen and, until recently, temperatures have been quite mild given the winter season. For wildlife that must endure whatever weather winter brings, no matter how brutal, the season has been a wonderful gift. Deer, elk, and ...

Outdoors LIFE — Photo of the week: 1916 paddlefish

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 ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Goodbye North Dakota

Two major fishing tournaments have already changed their plans about holding competitions in North Dakota this year. The reason why? North Dakota Game and Fish has increased fees by such a large amount that it is no longer economically feasible to stage major events on North Dakota waters. In ...

Badlands Bass Bandits 2020 facts

10 tournament days 68 different anglers 438 bass weighed Largemouth bass – 83 Ave. weight: 2.73 lbs. Smallmouth bass – 355 Ave. weight: 2.77 lbs. Most tourney boats – 19 Lake Audubon, Aug. 1, 2020 *All catch-and-release

Spring turkey apps due

The deadline to submit spring turkey applications is Feb. 10. Hunters can apply online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can also be submitted by calling 800-406-6409. A total of 7,005 wild turkey licenses are available, 775 more than last year. ...

Hunter education classes

Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2021 can do so by clicking on the education link at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Hunter education coordinator Brian Schaffer said students wanting to take an in-person class are reminded to register ...

Paddlefish snagging season expected

North Dakota Game and Fish Department officials anticipate a normal paddlefish snagging season in 2021, unless COVID-19 safety concerns deem the activity unsafe. The season in 2020 was canceled because of pandemic concerns. The Game and Fish Department will further update those interested in ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Today – New Town “Bite the Ice” Derby, Van Hook. Today – Douglas Sportsman’s Club Derby, North Carlson Lake, 529-4889. Today – Winterfest at Cross Ranch State Park, 2-7 p.m. Feb. 20 – Bis-Man Reel & Rec Derby, Lake Audubon, 214-9831. Feb. 19-21 – Wild Outdoor Women, ...

Outdoor related bills in the North Dakota legislative session fewer than usual

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Legislature holds a session every two years and every two years there are a number of bills introduced regarding outdoor issues. The Legislature is in session now and, somewhat surprisingly, the number of outdoor bills is less than usual. “We’re down a little ...

Late ice, minimal ice across North Dakota beneficial for fisheries

An all too typical winter in North Dakota is when snow piles up on lakes already covered by a thick ice pack, so much so that ice anglers need to use extensions on their augers to punch through two to three feet of ice. Sometimes freeze-up comes early in the winter season too, adding days and ...

Trout raised at Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery

RIVERDALE – No towering mountains. No rushing streams of clear water flowing rapidly over a cobblestone bed. No anglers in waders flinging flyline in graceful arcs. No trout fly shops. North Dakota certainly isn't thought of as trout fisherman's favorite destination, but that doesn't mean ...

Winter like no other

We're in the midst of what winter can do in North Dakota, at least in terms of temperatures and wind. Ugly. Cold. Nasty. Prohibitive. But hey, the end of winter is in sight! It may not seem that way, but for long-time North Dakotans who have experienced winters lasting from early October and ...

Winterfest at Cross Ranch

Cross Ranch State Park will be hosting a winter celebration for all ages on Saturday, Feb. 13. Park staff will provide various outdoor activities from 2-7 p.m., including a scavenger hunt, guided hike, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Soup and beverages will be served. "In addition to the ...

February declared Winter Recreation Month

Governor Burgum has declared February Winter Recreation Month in North Dakota. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with North Dakota Recreation and Park Association, invites you to celebrate all that parks and recreation offer North Dakota citizens and ...

Outdoors Calendar

Today – CANCELED-Badlands Bass Bandits derby, Nelson Lake, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Today – Harvey Wildlife Club Derby, Goose Lake, 399-9042. Feb. 13 – New Town "Bite the Ice" Derby, Van Hook. Feb. 13 – Douglas Sportsman's Club Derby, North Carlson Lake, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 529-4889. Feb. ...

Flakes of Fury

GARRISON – Pleasure found in enjoying the outdoors, along with getting some wonderful exercise, are just two of the many reasons for a growing list of enthusiasts that have discovered fat tire biking. Fat tire bikes are just what their title implies. Tires are much, much wider than what is ...

Comments By Kim: Things I’ve learned

I’ve had countless opportunities to hunt and fish in North Dakota and elsewhere, and am always thankful for the chance to do so. Every outing is a learning experience. That’s just the way it is. There’s no way to learn everything about the outdoors. It’s too vast and constantly ...