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 By Doug Leier    Recreation    January 30, 2023 

North Dakota Outdoors: Mid-winter news and notes

Late January is sometimes considered a time when not much is going on in North Dakota’s outdoors. But this year with new boat registrations coming in and the state legislature in session, it’s a...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: January 30, 2023

Outdoor notes: *Check on ice houses occasionally to make certain they haven’t iced in after warming weather. *Be mindful of parking when accessing area lakes; not blocking roadways or snow removal operations. *Reminder that it’s illegal to...

 

Spring turkey season set

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 7,412 wild turkey licenses for the 2023 spring hunting season, 235 fewer than last year. Two of the 22 hunting units have more spring licenses than last year, eight have fewer licenses and 11...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: January 23, 2023

Outdoor notes: *Be mindful of parking when accessing area lakes; not blocking roadways or snow removal operations. *Reminder that it’s illegal to chase, harass, or pursue any wildlife species with motorized vehicle. *Ice is never completely safe....

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Ice fishing impacts on fish

We’ve seen it before. A few ice shelters can turn into a city literally overnight. Winter anglers travel from every corner of the state – some from a few states away – at the report of a hot...

 

Winter anglers be careful when parking vehicles

Anglers need to be mindful of where they park their vehicles while accessing local winter fisheries. Due to a heavy snowpack throughout most of the state this winter, anglers often use the road rights-of-way to park vehicles and trailers. In some...

 

NDGF hunting and fishing legislation

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will track hunting and fishing issues during the 2023 legislative session. Outdoor enthusiasts can follow proposed outdoors-related bills by visiting the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. The webpage will be...

 

Wildlife feeding concerns in winter

Tough winter conditions thus far in North Dakota have some citizens concerned about the stress on wildlife. Kevin Kading, state Game and Fish Department private land section leader, said harsh winters often generate conversations and questions about...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: January 16, 2023

Outdoor notes: *Reminder that it’s illegal to chase, harass, or pursue any wildlife species with motorized vehicle. *Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check conditions as you go...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: January 9, 2023

Outdoor notes: *Reminder that it’s illegal to chase, harass, or pursue any wildlife species with motorized vehicle. *Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check conditions as you go...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Life and death of the wild in winter

I quit blaming Mother Nature years ago for nasty weather and started pointing the finger at Old Man Winter. Not that it mattered but it seemed fair, even though we have no control over the weather. Fo...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: January 2, 2023

Outdoor notes: *Reminder that it’s illegal to chase, harass, or pursue any wildlife species with motorized vehicle. *Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check conditions as you go...

 

Free ice fishing Dec. 31-Jan. 1

North Dakota’s free ice fishing weekend is Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Resident anglers may fish those two days without a license. All other winter fishing regulations apply. The weekend provides a great opportunity to try ice fishing for the first time...

 

2023 OUTDOORS calendars available

The 2023 North Dakota OUTDOORS calendar is available for ordering online on the state Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The calendar features outstanding color photographs of North Dakota wildlife and scenery, and includes season opening...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: December 26, 2022

Outdoor notes: *Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check conditions as you go along on the ice and don’t move around at night. *Reminder that it’s illegal to chase, harass, or...

 

NDGF fish house regulations

Any fish house left unoccupied on North Dakota waters must be made of materials that allow it to float. In addition, fish houses do not require a license. Other fish house regulations include: • Occupied structures do not require identification....

 

Dakota Recreation Report: December 12, 2022

Outdoor notes: *Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check conditions as you go along on the ice and don’t move around at night. *Dec. 17: Canada Goose Eastern Zone season closes....

 

Late season hunting dates

The statewide duck and white-fronted goose seasons close Dec. 4. However, duck hunting in the high plains unit reopens Dec. 10 and continues through Jan. 1. In addition, the season for Canada geese closes Dec. 17 in the eastern zone, Dec. 22 in the...

 

Early ice awareness

Outdoor enthusiasts need to be aware of early ice conditions before traveling onto and across North Dakota waters. A few reminders include: • Edges firm up faster than farther out from shore. • Snow insulates ice, which in turn inhibits solid...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: December 5, 2022

Outdoor notes: *Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check conditions as you go along on the ice and don’t move around at night. *Reminder that most roads and trails closed to...

 

G&F advisory board meetings

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department Advisory Board will host public meetings this fall at eight locations across the state. In addition, the district 7 meeting in Bismarck will be streamed live on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. These...

 

N.D. Game and Fish proposes new rules

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will hold a public hearing to address proposed new rules and amendments to Title 30 of the North Dakota Administrative Code. The hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at the agency’s main...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: November 28, 2022

Outdoor notes: *It is illegal to chase, harass, and pursue any wildlife species, including coyotes, with snowmobile or tracked vehicles. *Reminder that most roads and trails closed to hunting if posted on both sides. *Hunters reminded to put...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Keeping wild game tasting delicious

As Thanksgiving fades into December many hunters have freezers stacked with mallards and grouse, Canada geese and venison. In college while sharing community freezers we use to have fun by labeling...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: November 21, 2022

Outdoor notes: *Reminder that most roads and trails closed to hunting if posted on both sides. *Hunters reminded to put identification on tree stands and blinds when set up on N.D. Game & Fish Dept. WMAs. *Nov. 22: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. public advis...

 

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