Herald Staff Report
DEVILS LAKE—Shoreline fishing in the Devils Lake area is heating up, and anglers are reporting good action for walleyes and northern pike in current areas near and under bridges and along coulees that flow into the lake. In a news release from Devils Lake Tourism, John Bouvette of Lake Country Guide Service said he's been fishing every day, and the first two walleyes he landed were 5- and 8-pound females that were quickly released. Fishing activity has increased each day, said fishing guide Ross Sensiba of Rush Valley Guide Service.
North Dakota deer hunters had an overall success rate of 64 percent during the 2018 deer gun season, the Game and Fish Department announced this week. Based on postseason hunter surveys, 48,717 North Dakota deer hunters killed about 31,350 deer during the 2018 deer gun hunting season, the Game and Fish Department said. Game and Fish offered 55,150 deer gun licenses last year.
ST. PAUL — As recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, the Minnesota Legislature has appropriated $2 million from the state's Outdoor Heritage Fund for the Two Rivers Fish Passage Restoration and Habitat Enhancement project in Hallock, Minn.
Flying a drone can be a lot of fun — but it can be downright dangerous during a wildfire, according to the Department of Natural Resources. "Most people wouldn't dream of driving their car in front of a fire engine that's responding to a fire," said Casey McCoy, the DNR's fire prevention supervisor. "Flying your drone during a wildfire is just as reckless: we have to ground our planes until the drone gets out of the way, and that slows down our ability to fight the fire."
While flooding persists in parts of Minnesota including the northwest, warm temperatures and dry conditions have increased risk of wildfires farther south, so the Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday said it will restrict open burning in the following counties effective immediately: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Washington, and Wright. The state will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste in these counties until restrictions are lifted.
If you applied for a North Dakota elk or moose license, the waiting is over. The Game and Fish Department on Thursday said it has completed its moose and elk lotteries, and individual results are available by clicking the My Account tab on the department's website at www.gf.nd.gov . A total of 15,516 applications were received for bighorn sheep, 19,290 for elk and 22,456 for moose.
If you applied for a North Dakota elk or moose license, the waiting is over. The Game and Fish Department on Thursday said it has completed its moose and elk lotteries, and individual results are available by clicking the My Account tab on the department’s website at www.gf.nd.gov . A total of 15,516 applications were received for bighorn sheep, 19,290 for elk and 22,456 for moose.
Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Walleye season now is closed until May 11, the Minnesota Fishing Opener. In the meantime, anglers have turned their attention to northern pike and sturgeon. Conditions on the Rainy River are improving after the Little Fork River, a major tributary, opened last week, unleashing a barrage of ice and debris into the river. The Big Fork River opened earlier this week but debris levels apparently weren't as bad.
The popularity of clay target shooting continues to grow at the high school level, and 26,678 Minnesota student athletes representing 1,042 high school teams and 1,696 North Dakota students from 63 high schools are participating this spring in league programs, officials say. The leagues are affiliated with the USA High School Clay Target League, the largest high school clay target shooting program in the nation, with more than 32,000 students participating during the 2018-19 school year.
UND President Mark Kennedy has reached out to the chancellor of the state university system to stress that he has not officially resigned his position at UND. Kennedy sent a letter Saturday via email to Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, responding to a letter Hagerott sent Kennedy the day before.