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North Dakota Spearfishing by the Numbers North Dakota Spearfishing by the Numbers

North Dakota Spearfishing by the Numbers by NDGFD • Average darkhouse spearfishing participant in 2012-2013 was 45 years of age, 87% were male. • 79% of 2012-2013 Game and Fish Department survey respondents indicated they also ice fish. • Average weight of the largest pike harvested during the 2012-2013 darkhouse spearfishing season was 8.2 pounds. The lowest was 4.7 pounds in 2009-2010. • The number of water bodies open to darkhouse spearfishing climbed from 28 in 2002-2003... 

Gun Make Turns Down Big Deal Gun Make Turns Down Big Deal

Gun Make Turns Down Big Deal In what’s being called a true American act, a Utah-based gun manufacturer declined an offer of $15 million to supply precision rifles to Pakistan. The business cited cautions against the deal that might ultimately result in the deaths of Americans. Desert Tech Sales Managers Mike Davis, said his company was on the short list of contractors for the rifles, but turned it down because of ethical concerns. “We don’t know that those guns would’ve... 

18 Sentenced in South Dakota Sting 18 Sentenced in South Dakota Sting

18 Sentenced in South Dakota Sting A commercial hunting operation in Todd County, South Dakota, had 18 people plead guilty to various wildlife violations last winter. “This is one of the largest wildlife cases in South Dakota history,” said Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Jeff Vonk. Fines totaled more than $235,000. Officials determined that Rock Creek Ranch owners John and Kathryn Chauncey and clients from Michigan, Texas and New Jersey unlawfully killed deer, hawks, owls,... 

Pactola Lakers Tagged Pactola Lakers Tagged

Pactola Lakers Tagged South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks staff caught and tagged 86 lake trout in Lake Pactola in the Black Hills in January. The fish were weighed, measured, tagged and released. Because wintertime water temperatures are fairly constant from the surface to the 100-foot depths where lake trout congregate in Pactola, ice fishing there is far less stressful on the fish, according to naturalist Keith Wintersteen with Game Fish & Parks. Biologists can use tagging... 

USACE Annual Runoff Forecast Increased USACE Annual Runoff Forecast Increased

OMAHA, Neb. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division has increased the annual runoff forecast for the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, to 32.0 million acre feet (MAF), 127 percent of normal. Typically, the average annual runoff volume is 25.2 MAF. Runoff during March was 4.2 MAF, 142 percent of normal, as a result of plains snowmelt runoff and ice breakup on the Missouri River and its tributaries. As of April 3, mountain... 


Latest Dakota Country Events

Denny Palmer Memorial Walleye Classic Denny Palmer Memorial Walleye Classic

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The Little Bar & Grill Annual Tailrace Tournament Set The Little Bar & Grill Annual Tailrace Tournament Set

The Little Bar & Grill in Pick City, North Dakota is hosting their annual Tailrace Tournament set for June 7th, 2014. For more information contact Lee Little at (701) 487-3636 today!  Read More →

Fort Randall Casino Team Bass Open Fort Randall Casino Team Bass Open

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North Dakota Teen Challenge Tournament Schedule North Dakota Teen Challenge Tournament Schedule

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Game Wardens to Give Scholarship Game Wardens to Give Scholarship

Game Wardens to Give Scholarship The North Dakota Game Wardens Association has a $300 scholarship available for a graduating high school senior entering college in fall 2014 who enrolls in fisheries or wildlife management with an emphasis on law enforcement. Applicants must be North Dakota residents and have maintained a 3.25 grade point average. The scholarship will be awarded to the student upon proof of enrollment in college. Applications are available by contacting the Game... 



Latest Dakota Country Articles

Devils Lake Walleyes Love Crankbaits! Devils Lake Walleyes Love Crankbaits!

Devils Lake Walleyes Love Crankbaits: Courtesy of Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau   Devils Lake sprawls across nearly a quarter million acres in north-central North Dakota. The overall size may seem huge, but it fishes “small,” with so many bays with nearby launch ramps that anglers can fish all day, every day. What fishermen, guides and tournament gurus really like is that they can use any tactic they want to catch walleyes on Devils Lake. It’s been that... 

Fishing Tournament Trends in the Dakotas Fishing Tournament Trends in the Dakotas

Fishing Tournament Trends in the Dakotas by Patricia Stockdill In some ways, the idea of fishing tournaments in North Dakota and South Dakota is a lot like politics — a few people with strong opinions on opposite ends of the spectrum, with a whole lot of folks generally neutral in the middle. North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries division chief Greg Power and his South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Department counterpart, fisheries and aquatics section chief John... 

The Ongoing Search for Big Fish The Ongoing Search for Big Fish

The Ongoing Search for Big Fish by Doug Leier NDGFD I spend the bulk of my fishing hours each year at the same mom-and-pop pond. The family and I enjoy fishing, in our own way, just like everyone else. Some may prefer the world-class fisheries of Devils Lake, Lake Sakakawea or the Missouri River System. Honestly from where I cast, competition is nonexistent in my view of fishing. I’ve had my favorite spot taken. I’ve been beaten to the ramp, dock and piers. I just move on. I’ve... 

Managing North Dakota’s “NEW” Deer Population Managing North Dakota’s “NEW” Deer Population

Managing North Dakota’s “NEW” Deer Population Dakota Country Magazine Staff Report Capacity crowds and beyond filled halls and meetings rooms around the state in February as the North Dakota Game and Fish Dept. conducted 8 meetings present insight into the deer situation in the state, as well as gain input from hunters themselves. The staff presented a brief history of deer populations and hunting seasons in North Dakota, reserving room at the end of the presentation... 

2014 April Spring Special Fishing Edition Book 2014 April Spring Special Fishing Edition Book

The 2014 April Spring Special Fishing Edition Book is our largest book in our publishing history. Call and have The Hunting & Fishing Magazine of the Dakotas delivered! Call (701) 255-3031 or shop online today! Here’s a light sampling of what you find in our largest book ever! 2014 April Spring Special Fishing Edition Book FEATURES Lake Oahe Overview DC Staff Report Missouri River Walleye Status DC Staff Report ND Deer Update DC Staff Report Bow Hunting Big Carp by... 

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