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December2010

Lake Region snowmobile trails

Posted: December 27, 2010

http://forums.snowmobilend.org/index.php?topic=226.0

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Jon Dircks talking with Billy Hildebrand from KFAN radio talking about ice fishing on Devils Lake. A pod cast from Thursday’s show.

Posted: December 20, 2010

http://a1135.g.akamai.net/f/1135/18227/1h/cchannel.download.akamai.com/18227/podcast/MINNEAPOLIS-MN/KFAN-AM/fanoutdoors_hr2_12-16-10.mp3

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Boats Need 2011-13 Registration

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Boat owners are reminded that 2011 is the first year of the new three-year registration period. The new registration cycle begins Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2013.

Nancy Boldt, North Dakota Game and Fish Department boat and water safety coordinator, said boat validation stickers will have a new appearance and will be much easier to recognize. “The expiration year of 13 will be prominently readable in the middle of the new validation stickers, and the color will fall in line with the Coast Guard color requirements,” Boldt said.

Regulations require the boat number to be in contrasting color to the hull in plain vertical block letters at least 3 inches in height, excluding any border, trim, outlining or shading, and must be maintained in a legible condition so that it is clearly visible in daylight hours. The number shall read from left to right, and groups of numbers and letters must be separated by a space or hyphen equivalent in width to the letter “M.” A validation sticker issued by the Game and Fish Department must be displayed on the boat within 6 inches of the number toward the rear of the boat. No other numbers should be displayed in this area.

If in doubt, refer to page 10 of the 2011-13 North Dakota Boat and Water Safety Guide, Boldt said.

Boat owners should receive their registration renewal notice by the end of December. In addition, boat registrations can be renewed online at the department’s website, gf.nd.gov, by accessing the online services link, and “watercraft registration and renewals” under the watercraft heading.

Also, anyone buying a new or used watercraft can register online and generate a 10-day temporary permit that is valid until the registration is processed.

Boat owners who did not receive a renewal notice by January should contact the Game and Fish Department at (701) 328-6335, or e-mail ndgf@nd.gov. Many renewals are likely to be returned because some owners who moved within the last three years did not notify the department with their new address.

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Hunter Education Class Schedule Online

Posted: December 13, 2010

Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2011 should access the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website for class schedules.

Jon Hanson, hunter education coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said a majority of classes are taught through May. “Most of the classes are added over the next several weeks, so students should watch the website so they can choose the class that fits their schedule,” Hanson said. “Other classes will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.”

Classes held early in the year fill up quickly because of the deer application deadline. “There is a major demand for classes held before June because they will qualify students for submitting a deer application,” Hanson said.

Hunters with an apprentice hunting license in 2010 are reminded they will need to take a hunter education class to continue hunting in 2011. The apprentice license provides individuals age 16 and older with a one-year hunter education exemption for small game and deer.

“In addition to enrolling for classes, the website also provides a free hunter education study guide and a tree stand safety course,” Hanson said. “We encourage new students to use these resources to study course material and all hunters to use them as a refresher.”

To register for a class, or to view the study guide or tree stand safety course, access gf.nd.gov and click on the education/outreach link and “hunter education.” Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. Click on “enroll” next to the specific class, and follow the simple instructions. Personal information is required.

Those who do not have access to the Internet and want to sign up for a class can call the hunter education program in Bismarck at (701) 328-6615.

State law requires anyone born after December 31, 1961 to pass a certified hunter education course to hunt in the state. Hunter education is mandatory for youth who are turning 12 years old, and children can take the class at age 11.

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Old Fashioned Hometown Holiday events

Posted: December 10, 2010

THURSDAY, DEC 16 4:00-8:00pm

Celebrity Elves will be walking around handing out candy canes and sales flyers for participating businesses.  (Participating businesses: Creative Impressions, Dakota Gifts & Books to Go, Gerrells Sporting Goods, Holiday Inn Express, LaMotte’s Paint & Glass, Maurices, Snapdragons Floral & Wally’s Supermarket)

 4:30 Minnewauken School Choir will be singing Christmas Carols on 4th Street

Vote at the former Kelly’s Apparel building for your favorite window or store front display.

Drop off your gifts for the Salvation Army Gift Drive.

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Old Fashioned Hometown Holiday events

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SATURDAY, DEC 11 and SATURDAY, DEC 18 10:00am-3:00pm

Vote at the former Kelly’s Apparel building for your favorite window or store front display. 

 DLHS Firebird Theatre students will be selling Hot Chocolate at Kelly’s Building and around the downtown area-(this is a fundraiser for them)

Celebrity Elves will be walking around handing out candy canes and sales flyers for participating businesses.  (Participating businesses: Creative Impressions, Dakota Gifts & Books to Go, Gerrells Sporting Goods, Holiday Inn Express, LaMotte’s Paint & Glass, Maurices, Snapdragons Floral & Wally’s Supermarket)

 “Wheeled” Sleigh Rides around town

 Drop off your gifts for the Salvation Army Gift Drive.

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Wired2Hunt radio aired from Devils Lake

Posted: December 3, 2010

Listen to local Johnnie Candle visit with Wade Bourne on Wired2Hunt Radio, talking about waterfowl hunting in Devils Lake. (click on the December 1st link)

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Current Ice Conditions Unsafe

Posted: November 24, 2010

North Dakota Game and Fish Department water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt advises winter anglers to remain patient this Thanksgiving weekend because current ice conditions are not safe enough to support much weight.

With temperatures expected to reach the upper 20s this weekend, anglers will be enticed to venture out on an area lake. But Boldt says it is too early.

“We’ve only had about a week of temperatures that are conducive to formulating ice, and that is not enough time,” Boldt said. “We need a consistent stretch of several more days of freezing temperatures to form solid ice.”

Boldt recommends anglers and trappers study ice conditions before accessing any of North Dakota’s frozen waters, and strongly suggests visiting with locals, including other anglers and people at local bait shops, before going on any lake, especially one that is unfamiliar.

Some tips to be aware of are:

  • Snow insulates ice, hampering solid ice formation, and makes it difficult to check thickness. Snow also hides the blemishes, such as cracked, weak and open water areas.
  • Avoid cracks, pressure ridges, slushy or darker areas that signal thinner ice. The same goes for ice that forms around partially submerged trees, brush, embankments or other structures.
  • Ice thickness is not consistent and can vary significantly even in a small area. Ice shouldn’t be judged by appearance alone. Anglers should drill test holes as they make their way out on the lake, and an ice chisel should be used to check ice thickness while moving around.
  • Daily temperature changes cause ice to expand and contract, affecting its strength.
  • The following minimums are recommended for travel on clear-blue lake ice formed under ideal conditions. However, early in the winter it’s a good idea to double these figures to be safe: 4 inches for a group walking single file; 6 inches for a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle; 8-12 inches for an automobile; and 12-15 inches for a pickup/truck.

These tips could help save a life:

  • Wear a personal flotation device and carry a cell phone.
  • Carry ice picks or a set of screwdrivers to pull yourself back on the ice if you fall through.
  • If someone breaks through the ice, call 911 immediately. Rescue attempts should employ a long pole, board, rope, blanket or snowmobile suit. If that’s not possible, throw the victim a life jacket, empty water jug or other buoyant object. Go to the victim as a last resort, but do this by forming a human chain where rescuers lie on the ice with each person holding the feet of the person in front.
  • To treat hypothermia, replace wet clothing with dry clothing and immediately transport victim to a hospital.

 Courtesy of  North Dakota Game and Fish Department

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North Dakota Game and Fish newsletter – Nov. 22

Posted: November 22, 2010

Darkhouse Spearfishing Opens Dec. 1, Anglers Must Register. Additional opportunities highlight this winter’s darkhouse spearfishing season, as more lakes have been added to open waters. However, Patterson Reservoir (Dickinson Reservoir) in Stark County has been removed.

Carlson Lakes (Ward County), Gravel Lake (Rolette County), West Napoleon Lake (Logan County) and all waters open to public fishing in Ramsey County have been added to the list of lakes open for darkhouse spearfishing.

North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season opens on most state waters Dec. 1, with the exception of Spiritwood Lake which opens Jan. 1. The season runs through March 15. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species.

Darkhouse spearing is allowed for all residents with a valid fishing license and for residents under the age of 16. Nonresidents may darkhouse spearfish in North Dakota if they are from states that offer the same privilege for North Dakota residents.

All individuals who participate in darkhouse spearfishing must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department prior to participating. Registration is available at the department’s website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish Department office.

Winter access difficulties in 2009-10 were reflected in the number of darkhouse spearfishing participants. Although the number of registrants remained relatively stable, overall harvest last winter, when nearly 700 participants speared more than 2,300 pike, was the second lowest on record. Lake Laretta (Nelson County), Devils Lake (Ramsey/Benson County) and Buffalo Lodge Lake (McHenry County) were the top three lakes for harvest.

Lakes open to darkhouse spearing are:
Barnes County – Eckelson Lake Complex
Benson County – Devils Lake, Silver Lake
Bowman County – Gascoyne Lake, Kalina Dam, Spring Lake
Burke County – Powers Lake
Emmons County – Rice Lake
Foster County – Juanita Lake
Grant County – Heart Butte Reservoir (Lake Tschida)
Griggs County – Sibley Lake
Hettinger County – Blickensderfer Dam
Kidder County – Alkaline Lake, Cherry Lake, Etta/Alkaline Complex, Fresh Lake, Helen Lake, Horsehead Lake, Lake Josephine, Lake Williams, Round Lake
LaMoure County – Diamond Lake, Flood Lake
Logan County – Beaver Lake, West Napoleon Lake
McHenry County – Buffalo Lodge Lake
McIntosh County – Clear Lake, Coldwater Lake, Dry/Goose Lake
McLean County – Crooked Lake, Long Lake
Mountrail County – Stanley Reservoir
Nelson County – Lake Laretta, Stump Lake
Ramsey County – All waters open to public fishing
Renville County – Lake Darling
Richland County – Grass Lake
Rolette County – Carpenter Lake, Gravel Lake, Island Lake, School Section Lake
Sargent County – Buffalo Lake
Steele County – North Tobiason Lake
Sheridan County – Coal Mine Lake
Stutsman County – Mallard Marsh, Spiritwood Lake, Sunday Lake
Ward County – Carlson Lakes
Williams County – Cottonwood Lake, Tioga Reservoir
Lake Oahe – South Dakota border to MacLean Bottoms boat ramp and all tributaries upstream to the first vehicular crossing
Lake Sakakawea – Garrison Dam to U.S. Highway 85 bridge at Williston and all tributaries upstream to the first vehicular crossing

Workshop to Focus on Hunting AccessHunters looking for suggestions on how to gain more access to private land are invited to attend a hunter-landowner relations workshop Monday, Dec. 13 in Bismarck.
The workshop is free, and is scheduled from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Career Academy Conference Center (1221 College Drive) on the campus of Bismarck State College.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department personnel will provide tips for hunters on how to approach landowners and ask permission to hunt on private land. Private landowners and representatives from the North Dakota Landowner-Sportsman Council will assist with the presentation.

Pat Lothspeich, Game and Fish Department outreach biologist, said land access is the main issue facing hunters today. “There might be more private land that is posted now than when I was a kid, but that doesn’t always mean a landowner doesn’t allow hunting, and it shouldn’t prevent a hunter from seeking permission,” Lothspeich said. “This workshop will help hunters gain the confidence to knock on a door or make a phone call, and provide other tips to improve the experience for both the hunter and landowner.”

The primary sponsor of the workshop is BSC’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program. Co-sponsors are Delta Waterfowl, NDLSC, and Game and Fish.

For more information, contact Scott Terning, Delta Waterfowl, at (701) 222-8857 or Lothspeich at (701) 328-6332.

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Jason Mitchell Outdoors

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Jason Mitchell, host of Jason Mitchell Outdoors recently filmed several waterfowl hunting episodes for his television show near Devils Lake this past week.  Mitchell filmed with Rick Darling from Leeds, North Dakota for one segment.  Mitchell was also joined by Joel Brice of Delta Waterfowl along with several other retail partners through out the week.  Mitchell believes that his film crew hit the peak of the migration and they were fortunate to capture some of the best hunting of the season on film.  In four days of filming and hunting, over two hundred birds were harvested with the bulk of the harvest being snow geese.  Besides some incredible snow goose hunting footage, the film crew was also able to film some spectacular mallard hunting.  “Hands down, some of the best waterfowl hunting on the continent takes place right around this Devils Lake region of North Dakota.  Hunters are lucky to live here or travel here because  this is some of the best of the best in my opinion,” added Mitchell.  Mitchell’s production crew was headquartered out of Woodland Resort located on Devils Lake. These segments will air this upcoming fall and winter of 2011.  Jason Mitchell Outdoors airs on FSN North and FSN Midwest, along with several regional broadcast stations covering North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, reaching over nine million households.  During 2010, Jason Mitchell Outdoors boasted one of the highest ratings for outdoor programming on FSN North.               

           

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