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Outdoors Notebook: N.D. landowners seek doe hunters, Minnesota moose research etc.

Doe hunters wanted: The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is working with 44 landowners in 24 hunting units across the state who would like to host antlerless deer hunters this fall.

Youth sporting clays shooters
The Grand Forks Park Board wrapped up its summer sporting clays program Thursday night with a year-end tournament, picnic and awards at the Dakota Hunting Club and Kennels. A total of 38 young people participated in this year's sporting clays program, and 21 youths shot in Thursday night's season-ending event.

Doe hunters wanted: The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is working with 44 landowners in 24 hunting units across the state who would like to host antlerless deer hunters this fall.

"The current list of landowners has more than 540 openings for doe hunters," Bill Jensen, big game biologist for Game and Fish in Bismarck, said. "We will continue to add landowners and doe hunters over the next several months, and by time the season is over, we could match more than 700 antlerless deer hunters with about 50 landowners."

Landowners participating in 2009 are located in hunting units 2C and 2D of northeastern North Dakota, along with 2G2, 2I, 2J1, 2J2, 2K1, 2K2, 3A2, 3A3, 3A4, 3B3, 3C, 3D1, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4A, 4B, 4D, 4E and 4F.

The program is designed to reduce deer depredation problems in specific areas and is not intended for buck hunters, Jensen said.

Interested hunters can get their name on a list of possible participants by accessing the Game and Fish Web site at gf.nd.gov or by calling the department's main office in Bismarck at (701) 328-6300.

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North Dakota's 2009 regular deer gun season runs from Nov. 6-22. In addition, a special herd reduction season in units 2C and 2D is open from Sept. 25-Oct. 1, and another in units 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2 and 4F is open from Oct. 2-9. The archery season extends from Sept. 4 through Jan. 3, 2010; the youth season is from Sept. 18-27; and muzzleloader runs from Nov. 27-Dec. 13.

-- N.D. Game and Fish Department

Moose research: Minnesota's Moose Advisory Committee will announce its recommendations for management practices and research opportunities that may help forestall the decline of the state's moose population at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Duluth.

The Department of Natural Resources created the committee in September 2008 in response to growing concern about the long-term future of moose. Committee members represent a cross-section of moose interests, including land managers, wildlife managers, tribal staff, conservation organizations and tourism.

Northwestern Minnesota's moose population has declined severely, and numbers also may be declining in northeastern Minnesota.

In related news, researchers are asking people to report any moose sightings on the Natural Resources Research Institute Web site at www.nrri.umn.edu/moose .

"Sightings are useful for several reasons immediately, and their value will increase over time," NRRI biologist Ron Moen said.

-- Herald wire reports

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Fishing tournament regs: New rules for Minnesota fishing contests in 2010 may exempt some tournament organizers from permit requirements and will reduce permit fees by half, but charitable organizations no longer will be exempt from fees, the DNR said.

Anglers and others who want to host fishing tournaments in 2010 can submit applications now. The DNR will give preference to applications received by Sept. 25.

Under the new permit fee structure, small open-water contests (31 to 100 participants, 50 or fewer boats) pay $60, while large open-water contests (more than 100 participants or 50 boats) pay $200.

For contests that involve an off-site weigh-in, where contestants travel with their fish to a location away from the boat landing to weigh their fish, the fee for small open-water contests is $250. The fee for large open-water contests (more than 100 participants or 50 boats) with off-site weigh-ins is $500.

Generally, fishing tournament organizers are exempt from permit requirements if one of the following conditions applies:

- The contest is limited to rough-fish species.

- Total prize value is $500 or less.

- All participants are 18 or younger.

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- The number of boats is limited to 25 or less, entry fees are $25 or less, and the prize value is $25,000 or less.

- On the Web: www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/tournaments/index.html .

-- Minnesota DNR

Did you know?

- For the fifth time in six years, Minnesota pheasant hunters in 2008 bagged more than a half-million roosters, shooting an estimated 522,000 birds, the DNR said. Before 2003, Minnesota hunters had bagged more than 500,000 birds only twice since 1964 -- in 1981 and 1991. While the 2008 harvest fell well below the 40-year record of 655,000 set in 2007, hunter participation and success remained high.

- North Dakota Pheasants Forever has launched its 2009 "21 Gun Salute" raffle, and only 2,100 tickets are available. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to expand Pheasants Forever's farm bill biologist program in the state. Tickets are $20, and winners will be drawn Jan. 8 at the North Dakota Pheasants Forever State Habitat Convention in Mandan. Info/tickets: Jesse Beckers, (701)202-8120 or jbeckers@pheasantsforever.org .

- North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven and South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds have joined with 16 others to form the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus. Formed in mid-July, the group will support policies and regulations that promote and protect hunting and fishing across the country.

- A festival to honor the life of the late South Dakota conservation leader and outdoorsman Tony Dean raised about $6,500. Proceeds will help fund the purchase of public land in honor of Dean, who died last October at age 67 from complications during an appendectomy.

- A father and son from Virginia who fished Devils Lake in early July as part of a quest to fish all 50 states in 50 days have completed their trip. Jeff Turner and his son, Taylor, wrapped up their mission July 30 after fishing off the Kona Coast of Hawaii. The pair caught 956 fish during the course of their trip. Info: www.fish5050.com .

- Wednesday is the deadline to apply for North Dakota's 2009 tundra swan season. Hunters can print out an application for mailing or apply online at the state Game and Fish Department Web site, gf.nd.gov. North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. The statewide tundra swan season is Oct. 3-Jan. 3, and 2,200 licenses are available.

- Migratory game bird hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program before hunting in North Dakota this fall. HIP certification is required for all migratory bird hunters, regardless of age, before hunting ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves or woodcock. Hunters who purchase a license through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's electronic licensing system (gf.nd.gov) or instant licensing telephone number at (800) 406-6409 can easily get HIP certified. Otherwise, hunters can access the department's Web site or call (888) 634-4798 and record the HIP number on their fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate.

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