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GRAND FORKS -- Drawing a tag for North Dakota’s deer gun season is a lot more difficult than it was in the mid-2000s, when the state Game and Fish Department offered as many as 150,000 licenses statewide, but there’s no disputing the prominence of deer season as a happening on the state’s outdoors calendar. North Dakota’s 16 ½-day deer gun season opens at noon Friday, Nov. 9.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — John Williams likes to use a pendulum analogy when talking about deer populations in northwest Minnesota, and right now, the pendulum is swinging from "not enough deer" to "too many deer" in several areas, the longtime wildlife manager says. That should translate into good hunting opportunities when Minnesota's firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 4—a full six days before North Dakota's deer gun season, which opens at noon Friday, Nov. 10.
GRAND FORKS — A news release from State Farm insurance hit my inbox earlier this week, and it offered a timely reminder for all of us who log bigtime road miles in the fall pursuing our outdoor passions or just making shorter, routine trips. Be on the lookout for deer. There are more of them out there, and the odds of hitting a deer—or elk, moose or caribou—are higher than they were last year, State Farm said in releasing the results of its 15th annual deer claim study.
GRAND FORKS — Steve Argall admits he was nervous when his son, Erik, competed for the overall singles title during the AIM Grand National trapshooting tournament July 31-Aug. 1 in Sparta, Ill. Erik Argall, 17, who'll be a senior at Thompson (N.D.) High School, won the overall singles championship with a perfect score of 250. AIM, which stands for Academics, Integrity and Marksmanship, is the official youth program of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. More than 2,500 young shooters from across the country competed in the recent AIM event.
Visitors traveling to the Northwest Angle now have another, more convenient option for checking back into the U.S. As Lake of the Woods Tourism reported this week, a "soft launch" of a new border-crossing system is being rolled out over the next few days.
LAKE MILLE LACS — So we're in the boat last Saturday, June 24, catching walleyes on Lake Mille Lacs when the subject turns to bananas and whether they're allowed or forbidden onboard. They're definitely not encouraged, our guide for the day, Jason Freed of Leisure Outdoor Adventures, said of the banana taboo. Freed said he's even heard of anglers who discourage having bananas in a camper if the camper is too close to the boat. The bad juju might rub off and taint the boat, the thinking goes.
GARRISON, Minn.—We're barely into our first drift on this breezy Saturday morning, and Scott Jensen is into a walleye. A good one, too, by the looks of it. For his two fishing partners, both University of North Dakota hockey fans, it's tough to take when a fisherman wearing a blinding-yellow Minnesota Gophers hoodie hooks into the first fish of the day. At least he's replaced his Gophers hat from the previous evening with a Minnesota Twins cap. "Don't lose that fish," one of his buddies blurts, in keeping with fishing trip tradition; or words to that effect.