Dakota Trails - North Dakota Outdoor Sports

Bowhunter Education Field Day

A field day for students who have taken and passed an online bowhunter education course is Saturday, Aug. 1 from 1-5 p.m. at the Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site, located adjacent to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s main office in Bismarck.

 

An online course must be completed prior to taking the field day class. Students can enroll by visiting the Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov. The class is limited to 15 students and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Students must provide their own archery equipment. Long pants, hunting boots and sunscreen are recommended.

 

Students will rotate through three stations of shot placement and shooting proficiency, tree stand placement and safety, and ground blind placement and tracking big game.

 

For more information, contact Pat Lothspeich at 701-328-6332, or email plothspeich@nd.gov.

Habitats Workshop Offered Online

Habitat of North Dakota, a workshop for teachers, environmental educators and anyone who works with youth, will be offered online June 30 to July 17.

 

Instructor Sherry Niesar said the program features new material using inquiry and project-based learning.

 

“The materials presented will align with the North Dakota Envirothon Wildlife learning objectives,” Niesar said. “Students will explore current issues in conservation management, North Dakota habitats, wildlife species and wildlife adaptations.”

 

Different instructional methods will be used to teach across the curriculum integrating subject areas. Curriculum materials are suitable for both elementary and secondary teachers. All supplies will be provided.

 

The workshop will contain many activities educators can use in the classroom, discussion of classroom and curriculum integration, and self-guided walking field trips at the location of the student’s choice, in their yard, or if needed, can be completed using nature programming or live webcams.

 

To register for the workshop, visit the Dickinson State University West River Teacher Center website. One graduate credit is available.

 

For more information, contact Sherry Niesar at 701-527-3714 or email sniesar@nd.gov.

Some Hunter Education Classes Available

Adults and children looking to take a hunter education class in 2019 are reminded to enroll at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.

 

Although the majority of classes are completed for this year, some classes will still be added as they become finalized.

 

Interested students must click on the education link on the Game and Fish website. Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. To register for a class, click on “enroll” next to the specific class, and follow the simple instructions. Personal information is required.

 

Individuals interested in receiving a notice by email when each hunter education class is added can click on the “subscribe to news and alerts” link found below the news section on the Game and Fish home page. Check the box labeled “hunter education” under the education program updates.

 

In addition, SMS text notifications of new classes can be sent directly to a cell phone. Simply text “NDGF HunterClass” to 468311 to subscribe to this feature.

 

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. Children who turn age 11 during the calendar year can take the class.

Game and Fish at State Fair

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will host thousands of visitors to its free Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park July 19-27 at the State Fair in Minot.

 

Visitors will be treated to an array of activities, exhibits and useful information as the park is open from 1-7 p.m. daily. Pathways to Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Archery are major attractions where interested kids and adults participate in each outdoor activity.

 

In addition to hands-on outdoor learning opportunities, the area offers a live fish display, furbearer exhibit and native prairie plantings. An information center staffed by Game and Fish Department personnel greets visitors to the Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park, which is located on the north end of the fairgrounds near the State Fair Center.

 

 

The North Dakota State Fair begins Friday. Visit us there at the Department’s Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park. The park and activities are free and open daily from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. The park offers hands-on outdoor learning opportunities like a fishing pond and archery range. There are also many informational exhibits including a live fish display and native prairie plantings. Learn more

Workshops for Educators Scheduled

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is sponsoring workshops in Dickinson, Valley City and Bismarck for teachers, environmental educators and anyone else who works with youth.

 

Pollinators in the Classroom is June 12-13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, and June 25-26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Valley City State University in Valley City.

 

Participants will examine different animal species, receive the new Urban Pollinator curriculum with three distinct sections, and explore urban pollinator gardens and learn how to develop one in a local community or near a school.

 

The fast-paced workshop offers a hands-on approach educators can use in their classrooms and on field trips, and in discussing classroom and curriculum integration. All supplies are provided.

 

Curriculum materials are suitable for both elementary and secondary teachers.

 

Herpetology and Citizen Science in the Classroom is June 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Game and Fish Department’s main office in Bismarck.

 

Participants will learn about reptiles and amphibians of North Dakota, including species identification, basic biology, life history and territories.

 

In addition, participants will learn how to incorporate Citizen Science in the Classroom, specifically the HerpMapper platform, and will spend time outdoors looking for species of interest.

 

More information on the workshops, including registration, fees and graduate credits, is available by visiting the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.

Scholarships Available for Students

The North Dakota Game Wardens Association, Ray Goetz Memorial Fund and Kupper Chevrolet are together sponsoring scholarships for graduating high school seniors or current higher education students, majoring in law enforcement, wildlife management, fisheries or a related field.

Applicants must be North Dakota residents, be in good academic standing, and have an interest in wildlife law enforcement or a related field. Scholarships will be awarded this fall upon proof of enrollment.

Applications are available by contacting the North Dakota Game Warden’s Association, NDGAMEWARDENS@gmail.com. Applications must be received no later than May 31, 2019.

Fur Harvester Classes Scheduled

The North Dakota Cooperative Fur Harvester Education Program is sponsoring three fur harvester education classes for anyone interested in trapping or hunting furbearers.

 

Courses in Bismarck and Jamestown are set for Aug. 21, 23 and 25. A course in Dickinson is Aug. 18 and 25.

 

Courses are free and take 16 hours to complete .

 

Students will learn the history of the fur trade in the Dakotas, furbearer identification, tools and techniques for harvesting furbearers in North Dakota, as well as proper handling (skinning, fleshing and boarding) of furbearers.

 

Upon completion, graduates are issued a certification card that is recognized by any state requiring trapper education prior to purchasing a license.

 

Anyone interested in signing up for the class should visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov, click on the education link and fur harvester education.

Some Hunter Education Classes Available

Adults and children looking to take a hunter education class in 2018 are reminded to enroll at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.

 

Although the majority of classes were already held this year, classes will still be added as they become finalized.

 

Interested students must click on the education link. Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. To register for a class, click on “enroll” next to the specific class, and follow the simple instructions. Personal information is required.

 

Individuals interested in receiving a notice by email when each hunter education class is added can click on the “subscribe to news and alerts” link found below the news section on the Game and Fish home page. Check the box labeled “hunter education” under the education program updates.

 

In addition, SMS text notifications of new classes can be sent directly to a cell phone. Simply text “NDGF HunterClass” to 468311 to subscribe to this feature.

 

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. Children who turn age 11 during the calendar year can take the class.

 

Educator Workshops in Bottineau, Bismarck

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is sponsoring “Wildlife of North Dakota Featuring Pollinators” workshops in Bottineau and Bismarck, for teachers, environmental educators and anyone else who works with youth.

 

The event in Bottineau is June 12-13 at Dakota College, and in Bismarck June 19-20 at the Game and Fish Department’s main office. Workshops run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Participants will learn about wildlife and their habitats, with the North Dakota Habitats curriculum used as textbooks. In addition, participants will receive the Urban Pollinator curriculum, and explore urban pollinator gardens and learn how to develop one in a local community.

 

The fast-paced workshop offers a hands-on approach educators can use in their classrooms and on field trips, and in discussing classroom and curriculum integration. All supplies are provided.

 

Curriculum materials are suitable for both elementary and secondary teachers. Workshop instructor Sherry Niesar has a master’s degree in wildlife science and teaches many educator workshops in the region.

 

Preregistration is required. To register, contact Niesar at 701-527-3714, or sniesar@nd.gov. A $10 deposit fee, refundable upon completion of the course, is required.

 

To register for graduate credit, visit the University of North Dakota’s website at und.edu. The cost for graduate credit is $50.