STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS: NEWS FROM THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITH HERALD OUTDOOR WRITER BRAD DOKKEN Options deer hunt participants do well
Nine of 20 hunters shot deer during the annual Options deer hunt for people with disabilities at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge.
Organized by the Options Resource Center for Independent Living in Ea... Posted on 10/12/15 at 2:21 PM
STAFF BLOG OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK DNR's weekly waterfowl report is available
Here is a link to this week's DNR waterfowl report, a summary of last weekend's activity and a look at duck numbers in the state.... Posted on 10/1/15 at 3:49 PM
STAFF BLOG MONKE BUSINESS Wendy Ross named superintendent of TNRP
The National Park Services choice for the next superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park was already in the position.
The NPS on Wednesday officially announced Wendy Ross the new head of t... Posted on 6/18/15 at 1:00 AM
STAFF BLOG GOETHE'S SPORTS BLOG Dealing with hunting failure
There it was. Just a few dozen yards in front of me. A deer skipping through the woods, its big white tail flopping as it leaped over a fallen branch.
Unfortunately, this scene play... Posted on 11/10/14 at 2:51 PM
STAFF BLOG OIL PATCH DISPATCH Wildlife crossing planned with Highway 85 expansion in Oil Patch
WILLISTON, N.D. A critter crossing large enough to accommodate moose will go under an expanded U.S. Highway 85 near Williston, helping wildlife travel through habitat thats now divided by heavy oilf... Posted on 6/29/14 at 12:05 AM
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Shovelnose sturgeon and emerald shiners that were netted by Fish, Wildlife and Parks personnel in the Yellowstone River downstream from a Jan. 17 oil spill near Glendive near the Montana-North Dakota border will be tested at a Billings lab for exposure to petroleum chemicals.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. — Dan Baker is not like an expectant dad waiting to find out if it’s a boy or a girl. He’s the opposite, hoping to hear that all the pregnancy tests come back negative.
Baker, a research biologist at Colorado State University’s animal reproduction and biotechnology laboratory, is the man in charge of an experimental contraception program in the wild horse herd at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
There is hope that Baker’s work is productive — not reproductive.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Heather Carr finished the race. And that's all she cared about.
The Eden Prairie, Minn., resident and Mitchell, S.D., native was one of 53 people to complete the 2014 Antarctic Ice Marathon in November at Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica.
It was Carr's fifth marathon, and she was one of 10 women to run the race. She finished with a time of 8 hours, 6 minutes, 10 seconds.
"Overall, I was pleased with how I ran," Carr said following her trip. "My only real goal was to simply finish the race, and I did. A street marathon would typically take me about 4.5 hours."
She took a 10-day trip to Antarctica, which cost about $16,000. Carr arrived in Chile on Nov. 15, where the participants had meetings about safety on Antarctica. Several days later, the group took a 4 1/2-hour flight to Union Glacier Camp, where the half marathon, marathon and 100K, which is about 62 miles, took place.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the Duck Stamp Act of 2014, thought to be a major benefit to duck production land in the Dakotas.
The legislation, which increases the cost of the federal duck stamp from $15 to $25, now awaits President Barack Obama's signature for final approval.
Breeder, deputy credit posts for reappearance of purloined pup
NORTONVILLE, N.D. – Chris Gourde was hunting here Saturday with his dog Radar when she ran onto a road and was picked up by a passing dark blue SUV.
That’s the story Kathy Rust, Radar’s co-owner and breeder, posted to Facebook on Sunday afternoon.
Since then, the post has been shared 2,240 times, and Rust believes social media might be what led to Gourde locating his vizsla a few days later.
At about 1 p.m. Tuesday, LaMoure County Deputy Sheriff Tim Gillespie and Gourde found Radar, who came bounding over a hill and almost knocked Gourde over as she jumped into his vehicle.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A district judge had ruled that evidence in a “fish bust” where five Wisconsin anglers were accused of taking 100 walleyes over the limit from Devils Lake was obtained unconstitutionally.
North Dakota District Judge Lee Christofferson said in an order Tuesday that officers with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department from Devils Lake did not have a search warrant or proper consent when searching a rented home.
The ruling means evidence obtained during the search cannot be used in the prosecution’s case.
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota voters emphatically rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have dedicated millions and potentially billions of dollars in oil tax revenue for conservation projects over the next 25 years.
With 401 of 427 precincts reporting, the “no” votes had a 79.2 percent to 20.8 percent advantage. Complete results were not available at press time.
BISMARCK, N.D. – It’s the $130-million-a-year question for North Dakotans on Tuesday’s ballot, and supporters and opponents have pumped more than $6.5 million into campaigns trying to convince voters to answer the question in their favor.
Both sides have accused each other of misleading or illegal campaign ads that have muddied the waters on Measure 5, the constitutional amendment that would put 5 percent of the state’s oil extraction tax revenue over the next 25 years into a trust and fund for projects related to water, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Bees need to visit 1 million flowers to produce a pound of honey — and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering $3 million dollars to keep them busy.
“It takes a tremendous amount of acreage to provide enough forage,” said Randy Verhoek of Harvest Honey Company, which operates locally out of Baldwin, N.D., and president of the American Honey Producers Association. “We want to make every acre count.”
To help do this, the USDA is renewing and expanding a $3 million pilot project to promote the planting of bee-friendly forage to help preserve the dwindling bee population.
FARGO, N.D. — Proponents and opponents of North Dakota’s Measure 5 are stepping up their efforts in a dead heat to influence voters on a measure that could put the state’s support of conservation on an entirely new plane.
The North Dakota State University Farm Bureau collegiate organization sponsored a debate on the topic at the NDSU Memorial Union on Oct. 14. The event included some of the key spokespeople for the sides in the discussion, some of whom had appeared earlier in the day at a debate in Bismarck. About 50 people attended the Fargo debate.
MEDORA, N.D. -- Valerie Naylor says she was not pursuing a career when she volunteered at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but she found one.
“It was life-changing,” she said of time she spent in the park with Student Conservation Association, a nonprofit aimed at creating the next generation of conservation leaders.
It worked. On Oct. 31, at age 56, Naylor will retire after serving 11½ years as the park’s superintendent and more than 30 years with the National Park Service.
It’s a career that has dealt with managing wildlife, sharing knowledge with park visitors and mitigating the effects of the oil boom.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK SOUTH UNIT -- They entered the paddock as blurs of horns and dark brown fur.
Some of the bison thrashed against the steel walls -- more used to the open plains of North Dakota than the tight confines of the hydraulic-powered cattle chute.
This week, Theodore Roosevelt National Park's staff began a roundup to remove nearly 400 bison from the 110-square-mile South Unit.
Other states use contract help for heavy workload
FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Grain Growers Association and others blasted the federal government in press conferences last week for hiring cost-shared Ducks Unlimited staffers into their offices to do contract work.
The grain group, which represents wheat and barley growers, was joined by the North Dakota Farmers Union, the North Dakota Farm Bureau and corn and soybean groups in asking that the National Resources Conservation Service remove Ducks Unlimited employees from district offices in the state, an arrangement agency officials say is longstanding and not harmful to farmers.
FARGO, N.D. – An insect no larger than a grain of rice is making three people happy: the two North Dakota State University students who discovered it was a new species and the retired professor whom they named it after.
It’s the fifth insect to be named after Allan Ashworth, who retired this past summer and has a collection of tens of thousands of insects.
The other four Ashworth species are all beetles, though.
“This one is really special because this one is not a beetle,” he said. “This one is a bug.”
In entomology, not all insects are bugs. Bugs are a distinct category, just like beetles, moths or bees.
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