STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS: NEWS FROM THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITH HERALD OUTDOOR WRITER BRAD DOKKEN N.D. Game and Fish hires new ANS coordinator
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has a new Aquatic Nuisance Species coordinator. Jessica Howell starts her new job Feb. 29 and will be based out of the Jamestown office. She replaces Fred Ryc... Posted on 2/4/16 at 3:28 PM
STAFF BLOG OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Gunflint Pines Resort loses a good friend
I received this note from Shari Baker at Gunflint Pines Resort on the Gunflint Trail north of Grand Marais today about the loss of their family dog:
"With heavy heart, we must report that we lost Sot... Posted on 1/22/16 at 2:46 PM
STAFF BLOG MONKE BUSINESS Hundreds participate in Kids Fishing Day at Dickinson Dike
Around 300 children participated in the 21st annual Kids Fishing Day at the Dickinson Dike on Saturday morning.
Families set up all around the dike throughout the morning, casting their lines -- ma... Posted on 6/13/15 at 12:00 PM
So here’s the thing about life out here in the summertime – there are traditions, things we must do, activities that come with the green grass and blue sky territory that scream sunburn and bug bites and dirty feet, sweat and beer in cozies, sunflower seeds and grab some lawn chairs, load up in the pickup and let’s go.
These are good times for perch anglers on Devils Lake if results from recent Game and Fish Department population surveys are any indication. There’s a lot of young perch coming down the pike — providing they can get past the pike, walleyes and any other hungry mouths that might want to gobble them up.
Even though results from this summer’s bighorn sheep survey indicated the population in western North Dakota remains steady, state Game and Fish Department biologists are concerned about a significant decline in the number of adult rams.
You might say fish tales have a way of “latching on” to Bridgie Hansen.
It all started last July 29, when Hansen, of Grand Forks, was fishing Devils Lake with her husband, Glenn, and grandson, Evan Hansen, of Shakopee, Minn., who was 6 years old at the time.
Tracy Wicken was looking to buy a gift for her mother last fall when she came across a two-day trip to Ballard’s Resort on Lake of the Woods at a fundraiser for the Northern Lights Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual spring breeding duck survey showed an index of 3.9 million birds, down 17 percent from last year but still 73 percent above the long-term average (1948-2012).
Recently a friend asked me how I see fishing in the future.
Since my approach to fishing probably fits more in 1983 than 2013, and for sure what fishing may be like in 2033, I really struggled to envision the way fishing would look years from now.
Doug Leier, North Dakota Outdoors
June 21, 2013
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