Dakota Trails - North Dakota Outdoor Sports

Women Invited to Hike Maah Daah Hey Trail

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has openings for Hike the Maah Daah Hey Trail, a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event scheduled for July 15-16.

photo by Craig Bihrle, ND Game and Fish

This workshop is designed for women with previous hiking or backpacking skills, or who are in good physical condition. Participants will hike a 13-mile portion of the trail near the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Activity is strenuous due to rough terrain. The $30 fee includes group gear and transportation to and from the CCC Campground. Each participant must provide their own personal gear and meals.

Women interested in attending the workshop must enroll online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. More information is available by contacting Brian Schaffer at 701-328-6312, or email ndgf@nd.gov.

Summer BOW Set June 23-25

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is accepting registrations for the annual summer workshop June 23-25 at the North Dakota 4-H Camp, Washburn.

Enrollment is limited to participants age 18 or older. Workshop fees of $150 cover instruction, program materials, use of equipment, all meals and lodging.

Participants can choose from a number of different activities, including archery, firearms, fishing, hunting, paddling sports, wildlife and plants, cooking and outdoor knowledge.

BOW workshops are designed primarily for women with an interest in learning skills associated with hunting, fishing and outdoor endeavors. Although open to anyone age 18 or older, the workshops are tailored primarily to women who have never tried these activities or who are beginners hoping to improve their skills.

Women interested in attending the summer workshop can view an information brochure at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, and print and mail an accompanying enrollment form. Registration deadline is May 17. The camp is limited to 72 participants.

More information is available by contacting Brian Schaffer at 701-328-6312, or email bschaffer@nd.gov.

 

Nonresident Any-Deer Bow Licenses

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 382 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2017.

The deadline for applying is March 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.

The nonresident any-deer bow application is available at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. The application must be printed and sent in to the department.

The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation. The Game and Fish Department issued 2,550 mule deer licenses in the 2016 deer gun license lottery. photo by Craig Bihrle, ND     Game and Fish

BOW Program Announces Schedule

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is announcing its schedule for 2016.

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A new paddleboarding event is set for July 7 at Harmon Lake in Morton County.Participants will experience an evening on the water using a stand-up paddleboard. Equipment and gear is included in the $30 registration fee. Register online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.

The annual summer workshop is Aug. 5-7 at Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau. Participants may take several programs including archery, canoeing, introduction to firearms, fly-fishing, basic shotgunning, hiking, plant identification and trapping. Workshop fees of $100 cover instruction, program materials, use of equipment, all meals and lodging. Registration information is available on the Game and Fish website.

A canoe trip is scheduled Sept. 10-11 at Lake Metigoshe State Park. The two-day workshop will include instruction and significant time on the water. Workshop fees of $75 include instruction, use of equipment, meals and lodging. Prior paddling experience is recommended. Registration for this event will open in late June.

BOW workshops are designed primarily for women with an interest in learning skills associated with hunting, fishing and outdoor endeavors. Although open to anyone age 18 or older, the workshops are tailored primarily to women who have never tried these activities or who are beginners hoping to improve their skills.

More information is available by contacting Brian Schaffer at 701-328-6312, or email bschaffer@nd.gov.

Have You Seen? Mountain Lion Meetings

Mountain Lion Management Meetings

Results of a two-phase research project and biological findings from animals harvested over the last decade show the state’s mountain lion population has steadily declined over the past several years.

Department officials will host three public meetings this month to discuss these results and the status of the state’s mountain lion population. Learn more in this week’s webcast with wildlife division chief right here, Jeb Williams.

And read more about mountain lions in North Dakota right here

District Game Warden Exam Set For March 18

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled an examination to select candidates for the position of district game warden. The test is at 10 a.m., March 18, at the department’s main office in Bismarck.

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Applicants must register to take the exam no later than March 14 by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a bachelor’s degree at time of hire (tentative hire date is June 1), have a valid driver’s license and a current North Dakota peace officer license, or be eligible to be licensed. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills in communications and writing, and must not have a record of any felony convictions.

District game wardens enforce game and fish laws and related regulations in an assigned district and other locations as determined by the department. Wardens normally work alone under varied conditions, at all hours of the day, night and weekends. In addition to law enforcement duties, wardens assist in the areas of public relations, education programs, and hunter and boat safety education.

Salary through training for a district game warden is $3,600 per month. Upon successful completion of training, the monthly salary ranges are $4,136 – $6,894. Wardens also receive the state benefits package, including travel allowance. Uniforms and other equipment are provided.

Non-Resident Any Deer Archery Tags

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 281 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2016.

photo by Harold Umber, ND Game and Fish

The deadline for applying is March 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.

The nonresident any-deer bow application is available at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. The application must be printed and sent in to the department.

The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation. The Game and Fish Department issued 1,875 antlered mule deer licenses in the 2015 deer gun license lottery.

Becomming and Outdoorswoman Hiking & Waterfowl workshops

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is accepting registrations for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman hiking and waterfowl hunting workshops.

Hike The Maah Daah Hey is Sept. 13-15. Designed for women in good physical condition or who have previous hiking or backpacking skills, participants will experience one of North Dakota’s preeminent hiking destinations while learning backpacking tips and tricks, how to set up camp and outdoor cooking. A workshop fee of $30 includes lunch, dinner and group gear. Each participant must provide personal gear, such as a sleeping bag, hiking boots and backpack, and should pack clothes, toiletries and snacks.

A waterfowl hunting workshop is scheduled Oct. 5-6 in Bismarck. Participants will learn firearm and waterfowl safety, shotgun shooting, waterfowl identification, water/field decoys and gear, and techniques for decoying and calling waterfowl. A mentored hunt will be featured Oct. 6.

Participants for the waterfowl hunting workshop must possess a hunter education certificate, current hunting licenses and provide their own hunting clothing, boots or waders. Workshop fees of $20 include instruction, program materials and use of equipment. No lodging is provided.

BOW workshops are designed primarily for women with an interest in learning skills associated with hunting, fishing and outdoor endeavors. Although open to anyone age 18 or older, the workshops are tailored primarily to women who have never tried these activities or who are beginners hoping to improve their skills.

To receive an information brochure and enrollment form, access the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov, or contact Nancy Boldt, BOW coordinator, at (701) 328-6312; or email ndgf@nd.gov.