Archive of Hunting Reports

December2010

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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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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Workshop to Focus on Hunting Access

Posted: November 22, 2010

Hunters 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.

 Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish Department

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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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Some nice deer have been brought in!

Posted: November 12, 2010

Deer hunting deer hunting deer hunting……in full swing people are out chasing down the big one..Some nice deer have been brought here for weighing in pictures for are big buck big doe contest. We have pictures here at the shop as well as on our website under 2010 big buck contest. Check the pictures out, or stop in and see whos on top! For big buck we are giving away a pair of Leupold Olympic Binocs and big doe gets a Moultree Spy Game Trail cam! Good luck hunting and fishing to all! And remember cheapest on and off sale prices in town, every sunday 2 dollar anything from noon to 5…NFL network…stop in and watch your favorite team!

Courtesy Ed’s Bait Shop

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Ducks numbers are the highest they’ve ever been!

Posted: November 5, 2010

Duck numbers are the highest they’ve been all fall, reports Cami Dixon, biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Devils Lake. Find a harvested cornfield, she said, and you’ll likely find some birds. Much of the corn harvest now is complete.

Dixon said plenty of snow geese, Canada geese and swans also are in the area, and scaup numbers seem to have increased. “You can see them bobbing around as you drive around Devils Lake and other big water,” she said.

Dixon said hunters should be wary of whooping cranes, which are in the area, and know their target before pulling the trigger.

A few wetlands frozen up last weekend, but everything is open again after the recent rise in temperature, Dixon said.

Meanwhile, fishing reports are hard to come by as most outdoors enthusiasts gear up for Saturday’s North Dakota deer opener.

Taken from the Grand Forks Herald

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New hunting report 2

Posted: April 22, 2010

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New hunting report

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Mother nature

Posted: April 19, 2010

Mother nature continues to make things difficult for ice fisherman on Devils Lake. The heavy snow pack now on the ice is making vehicle mobility off trails next to impossible in most areas of the lake. Anglers wishing to venture to their favorite spots are largely limited to snowmobiles or vehicles with tracks. Even with these, anglers are finding some heavy slush areas that make fishing and mobility quite difficult. As for trails, there is a trail out of Ackerman Acres to Foughtys and the Dairy, the Casino to the bridge and point, and in Creel Bay out of Woodland Resort to the Rocky/Military Point areas. On the other hand, those with the ability to venture about are reporting some excellent walleye fishing in the morning and evening hours. Places producing fish include rocky humps and points in Pelican, the Flats, Doc Hagens, the Ft. Totten area, Rocky/Military Points, the Casino area, storm sewer, East Bay near the Camp entrance, the sunken road in Black Tiger, and East Devils Lake.

Try fishing these rocky areas in 12-25 feet of water with sonars, or jigs such as buckshots, kastmasters, raps, nils and forage minnow tipped with minnows or minnow heads. Perch fishing remains tough with a few fish being caught in the deeper water in the Rocky/Military Point area, the Casino, the Woods Rutten area, and East Devils Lake. Pike fishing remains good in the north end of Six Mile, Sweetwater/Morrison area, and Pelican Lake. Smelt or herring with tip-ups works well. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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