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Dakota Recreation Report: May 17, 2021

Outdoor notes: *Deer gun and muzzleloader applications now available on the N.D. Game & Fish Dept. website, (gf.nd.gov). Applications are due June 2. *Paddlefish snagging season now closed....

 
 By Nick Simonson    Recreation    May 17, 2021 

Our Outdoors: A Chance to Learn

We buzzed along the inside of the breakline, my buddy Kevin and I, watching the rhythmic ticking of the tips of the trolling rods strung out alongside his Alumacraft, with a second eye toward the...

 
 By Nick Simonson    Recreation    May 17, 2021 

Considering Carp

There's an encounter each spring that reminds me of how lucky we are to have ugly fish. They don't glisten in gold like walleyes, sparkle with silver like a white bass, or even bring up the base of...

 
 By Nick Simonson    Recreation    May 17, 2021 

Get Down for Prairie Trout on the Fly

Stocked trout don't take long to acclimate to their surroundings. Within a week or two of the recent dumps of rainbows and browns across the state, these fish spread out and stalk the water column...

 

Our Outdoors: Keep It Clean

Amidst all the discussion of global warming, climate change, and pollution on a level so great that a second landmass made of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean can be seen from outer space,...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: May 10, 2021

Outdoor notes: *Deer gun lottery license applications now available on the N.D. Game & Fish Dept. website, (gf.nd.gov). *May 10: Spring light goose conservation order closes. *May 16: Spring turkey...

 

North Dakota Game & Fish News: Deer Season Set, Apply Online

North Dakota’s 2021 deer season is set, with 72,200 licenses available to hunters, 3,150 more than last year. In total, any-antlered licenses increased by 1,500 from last year, any-antlerless by 1,250, antlered whitetail by 100, antlerless whitetai...

 

Get In Line

When fish are active in the warming waters of spring, triggering a reaction strike can be one of the most exciting ways to explore new areas, locate fish quickly and create some memorable outings. A c...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: May 3, 2021

Outdoor notes: *Paddlefish season now open. Go to the N.D. Game & Fish Dept. website for open areas, license, and other information. Tournaments: *May 15: Devils Lake Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation,...

 

Three Simple Selections for Spring Smallies

I can recall my first smallmouth bass as clearly as the blue skies of the late spring day on which it came to my jig. Sitting on the shoreline casting the eighth-ounce ballhead out over the small...

 

Stick It to Spring Largemouth

The warming waters of spring herald a movement for largemouth bass into the shallows of the lakes and reservoirs in which they reside. Often, those dark bottoms releasing the first green-and-red...

 

N.D Game & Fish: Big walleye certified as state record

A 16-pound, 6-ounce walleye caught March 13 by Dickinson angler, Jared Shypkoski, is the new state record, according to North Dakota Game and Fish Department personnel. Shypkoski reeled in the...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: April 26, 2021

Outdoor notes: *April 27: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. public advisory board meeting, Devils Lake Elks Club, Devils Lake, 7 p.m. *April 27: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. public advisory board meeting, Pekin Rod &...

 

Our Outdoors: On A Break

Dragging my jig over the subtle pull of the shifting river bottom, I felt a dead weight sensation and lifted the rod tip to see the slight bend confirm what my cold and glove-covered hands could...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: April 26, 2021

The 2020 closing of the paddlefish take season (a limited catch and release was offered), was one of the few outdoors cancellations I recall over the past year. Game and Fish Fisheries Chief Greg...

 

Southeast Set for Good Openwater Season

With lakes and rivers in the southeastern portion of North Dakota coming down from record high water levels in the fall and winter of 2019-2020, fishing for a variety of species in the region should...

 

Natural Reproduction Next Goal for Red River Sturgeon

As the Red River Lake Sturgeon Restoration Program closes out the first phase of its efforts in 2021 and 2022 fisheries biologists and staff are eyeing up new goals of establishing natural...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: April 19, 2021

Outdoor notes: *April 27: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. public advisory board meeting, Devils Lake Elks Club, Devils Lake, 7 p.m. *April 27: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. public advisory board meeting, Pekin Rod &...

 

Our Outdoors: Better Lucky Than Good

I can't tell you what I was reaching for in the boat when I set my rod down. Likely, in the chill of the start to an otherwise perfect Saturday, it was the blue coffee tumbler I had borrowed from my...

 

ND Hunting & Fishing License Sales Rise Sharply

Hunting and fishing license sales by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDG&F) increased by more than 10 percent across the board in the most recent licensing year of Apr. 1 2020 to Mar. 31 20...

 

Habitat: The Key to Your Hunting Season

Each year sportsmen and sportswomen look forward with anticipation to hunting season. Even in spring we wait with hope for the email from Game and Fish notifying that we were drawn for one of the "big...

 

Our Outdoors: A Moment of Calm

Coming over the rise and down the gravel road to the boat launch, the early morning sun reflected off the sprawling lake, which was only slightly dappled by a light and variable breeze. It was the...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: April 12, 2021

Outdoor notes: *New 2021 fishing, hunting and trapping licenses now needed. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, April 6: 1,448.52 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stump Lake elevation: 1,448.4 MSL....

 

North Dakota Outdoors: April 12, 2021

The challenges of the past year have impacted all jobs and North Dakota game wardens were no different. In a similar way to how virtual conferences and online shopping were suddenly more popular than...

 

Game and Fish Offices now open to public access

North Dakota Game and Fish Department offices, except for Riverdale, are open to public access after being closed to walk-in traffic since last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Riverdale office will remain closed to walk-in traffic since...

 

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