THE NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND tentative opening dates for 2014
To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2014, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.
Dates be... Posted on 12/4/13 at 5:39 AM
OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Minnesota's Series 100 deer harvest down 17 percent
Preliminary totals show that the Minnesota deer harvest was down 17 percent in Series 100 units, which includes all of Northeastern Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday.... Posted on 11/27/13 at 12:37 PM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Notebook: More Indian scholarships available
By Don Davis
More American Indian college students may receive scholarships under a new Minnesota budget that began this month.
Commissioner Larry Pogemiller of the state Office of Higher Education sa... Posted on 7/15/13 at 4:10 PM
OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Learning to Shoot Zombies
I learned to shoot over the weekend, with the help of my colleague, Logan Adams. While I'm not sure if I ever hit the target with the larger guns (that's larger in physical size, not um, bullet size),... Posted on 6/26/13 at 9:00 AM
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) said nglers were reporting approximately 6 to 8 inches of ice on most of Upper Red Lake, but caution is advised as ice thickness seems to vary greatly by location. Ice conditions seem to be progressing on Lake of the Woods, but reports of ATV’s going through the ice were reported.
For many hunters, November is a peak and valley, the best of times and the worst of times. As North Dakota’s popular deer gun hunting season opens and closes, thousands of hunters begin and end their hunting activities within the 16½ days the regular season takes place.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) observed deer shining activity that eventually led to one suspect being charged for felony flee, 2nd Degree DWI, and driving with cancelled driver’s license. The other individual at the scene was later charged with illegal shining for deer.
The long winter and tardy spring of 2013 disrupted a lot of outdoor activities. The weather also influenced North Dakota wildlife, particularly upland game birds, which experienced a relatively poor reproduction year that state Game and Fish Department biologists partly attributed to a delayed start to the nesting season and cool, wet weather early on when nesting did start.
Steve Martin smiles when he thinks back on the first time his son, Joe, shot from the offhand standing position as a 10-year-old in the Forks Rifle Club’s junior shooting program. “He thought they were going to make him quit shooting because he couldn’t keep it on the paper,” Steve Martin said.
The preliminary numbers are in, and Minnesota hunters have killed 6 percent fewer deer through the second weekend of this year’s firearms deer season than during the same time last year, the Department of Natural Resources reported Wednesday.
Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew northwest Minnesota bear telemetry locating their dens so the biologist can locate them on the ground for their annual health checks and collar battery change.
At the same time that N.D. deer license numbers first inched higher than 140,000, a new program called Sportsmen Against Hunger came on the scene, working with local wildlife clubs and deer processors to develop a way for hunters to donate venison to community food pantries.
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