Archive of Hunting Reports

November2011

Great time of the year to hunt & fish on Devils Lake!

Posted: November 30, 2011

brys1

Ice fishing is very close…There have been a few people out on the back bays of Devils Lake, but most of the lake is not frozen or safe yet. So I guess we will have to play a bit of a waiting game for now. Once we get cold weather for a week or so we should have ‘game on’ for ice fishing on Devils Lake.

Remember to use extreme caution during early ice. Also, remember to avoid current areas (culverts, bridges, etc.) until we have some consistent cold weather. The bite should be solid for walleye, perch, and pike! If you are looking for a ice fishing trip, give us a call.

We are also offering sight fishing for northern pike which I think is once of the most exciting ice fishing techniques out there. If you want to experience the thrill of a big pike smahing your lure only feet from you, let us know, we’ll make it happen!

 It’s a great time of the year to hunt & fish on Devils Lake!

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service.

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Fisher Trapping Season Closed Immediately

Posted: November 25, 2011

North Dakota’s fisher trapping season is closed immediately. The 10th fisher was trapped Nov. 25, filling the predetermined quota on the fifth day of the season.

 Only North Dakota residents were able to participate, with a season limit of one animal per trapper. The open area was east of U.S. Highway 281 and ND Highway 4.

For more information please visit http://gf.nd.gov/.

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Tentative 2012 Season Opening Dates

Posted: November 21, 2011

To help North Dakota hunters make vacation plans and lodging reservations for hunting seasons in 2012, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides tentative opening dates for the coming year.

Some popular hunting seasons will have opening day arrive nearly a week later in 2012 due to the calendar change. For example, opening day of pheasant season is always the second Saturday in October, which in 2012 is Oct. 13. Therefore, nonresidents will not be able to hunt on state wildlife management areas or Private Land Open To Sportsmen acres from Oct. 13-20.

The opening day for deer, which falls on the Friday prior to Veterans Day, is tentatively set for Nov. 9, the second Friday of November. Veterans Day in 2012 is Sunday, Nov. 11.

Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2012 include:

Spring Crow March 10
Spring Turkey April 14
Fall Crow August 11
Deer Bow, Mountain Lion August 31
Dove September 1
Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel September 8
Youth Deer September 14
Youth Waterfowl, Sandhill Crane September 15
Early Resident Waterfowl September 22
Regular Waterfowl September 29
Youth Pheasant October 6
Pheasant, Fall Turkey October 13
Mink, Muskrat, Weasel Trapping October 27
Deer Gun November 9
Deer Muzzleloader November 30
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Disabled Veterans to Hunt Deer at Camp Grafton

Posted: November 16, 2011

 CAMP GRAFTON TRAINING CENTER, DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Disabled Veterans will get some necessary assistance to hunt again this year. Seven Veterans have registered for a special deer hunt at North Dakota National Guard’s Camp Grafton Training Center on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18.

 During the hunt, each Veteran will be accompanied by an assistant – typically a family member – and a representative from Camp Grafton. Retired Sgt. Maj.

Jim Verwey, Barnes County veterans’ service officer, assists veterans in registering for the hunt, while Chief Warrant Officer Larry Walford coordinates the event at Camp Grafton.

 The late Col. Dean Hildebrand initiated the hunt more than 20 years ago in order to give disabled Veterans an opportunity to enjoy a pastime they may have become unable to do on their own, as well as to slightly reduce the deer population on Camp Grafton. The hunt has taken place every year since.

 Any media who would like to accompany a hunter on Thursday or Friday must pre-coordinate no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Please call Jim Verwey at 701-490-1047 to arrange coverage and entrance onto Camp Grafton.

WHAT: Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18, (hunters may finish the first day)

WHERE: Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake

MEDIA: The hunt will begin at approximately 8 a.m. If media would like to accompany the hunters, please pre-coordinate with Jim Verwey at 701-490-1047.

Also, pre-coordination is needed for main gate access.

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,800 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, about 225 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense.  For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.

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Muzzleloader Season Opens Nov. 25

Posted: November 14, 2011

North Dakota’s muzzleloader deer season opens at noon Friday, Nov. 25 and continues through Dec. 11. Hunters with a lottery muzzleloader license can hunt white-tailed deer statewide.

In addition, unfilled second, third or other concurrent season any-antlerless, antlerless whitetail or antlerless mule deer licenses are still valid, but only in the unit to which the license is assigned. Hunters with these licenses must use a muzzleloader and hunt only the species printed on the license.

For more information please visit the North Dakota Game & Fish Dept. website.

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Any of the bridges or deeper points and rock piles are producing fish!

Posted: November 11, 2011

Late late late fall early winter is on its way. Not a lot of people out fishing but ones who are getting out are having great success. Troll with leadcore the moon bars and pelican ridge on Pelican lake with salmos or wally divers. Golden highway has been very good as well. Any of the bridges or deeper points and rock piles are producing fish as well. Put a jig on with a minnow and keep moving around. BIG fish are hitting on cranks…dont catch a lot but they are nice fish. Deer contest is still going on with a week to go. Bring in your deer so we can weigh it, maybe its big enough for the prize! Binocs for the buck and trail cam for the doe. Thanks and good luck!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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We had one of those awesome falls…

Posted: November 10, 2011

Well we had one of those awesome falls the weather was mild, the fishing and hunting was good. We are finally seeing that big push of Mallards with the cold weather this last week. Of course its late and we have no customers in at this time. I’m hopeing that mother nature is going to give us a break this winter on the snow fall. I have heard two reports. One is for a average snow fall and the other is double what we normally get. Time will tell. We are starting to get a little ice on the back bays of the lake and all the small sloughs are frozen up. If your thinking of a trip out this winter I would get on the ball we are about 50% booked so dont procrastinate. I’ll keep you posted on the ice conditions.

Courtesy of JJ’s Bait Shop & Perch Eyes Guide Service

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Game and Fish Advisory Board Meetings Announced

Posted: November 7, 2011

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in their area.

These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors and agency personnel.

The governor appoints eight Game and Fish Department advisors, each representing a multi-county section of the state, to serve as a liaison between the department and public.

Any person who requires an auxiliary aid or service must notify the contact person at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting date.

District 3 – Counties: Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner

Date: November 28 – 7 p.m.

Location: Lake Region State College, Devils Lake

Host: Lake Region Anglers

Contact: Ralph Gardner, 662-5639

Advisory board member: Tracy Gardner, Devils Lake, 662-5639

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