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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.
Jim Brown had seen the two bucks on his trail camera near Walhalla, N.D., earlier in the fall, but then they stopped showing up. That all changed one day in December when Brown, a Walhalla contractor, checked the card on his Cuddyback trail camera. What he saw only can be described as a spectacle of nature: One buck entangled with the rack of another buck whose body is severed from its head. The antlers and severed head hang from the rack of the living buck.
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.
NORTHWOOD, N.D.—As mayor of Northwood in 2007, Rick Johnson remembers the reaction of many people when city officials and others held a tornado drill. "We went and laid some barriers out in the road saying, 'This is a fallen tree,' and I think even the hospital and nursing home participated with victims," Johnson recalls. "Guys all laughed and said, 'Yeah, when are we ever going to use this?' "
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.
GRAND FORKS — Malala had herself quite a day Wednesday. The Grand Forks-hatched peregrine falcon hitched a ride from The Raptor Center in St. Paul Wednesday morning and headed west...
GRAND FORKS — The recent discovery of larval zebra mussels along the length of the Red River will force anglers to think even more about following the rules to avoid...
BAUDETTE, Minn. — As a veteran fisheries biologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Dennis Topp has logged hundreds of hours setting trotlines and trap nets in the Red River to learn more about the fish species that call the murky river home. It never gets old. “I’ve been coming here for 25 years and I’m still always amazed every time we lift these trap nets,” says Topp, assistant area fisheries supervisor for the DNR in Baudette, Minn. “It’s a very healthy river.
GRAND FORKS — Four peregrine falcon chicks drew quite a crowd Wednesday afternoon below the University of North Dakota water tower. About 70 people gathered to watch regional raptor expert Tim Driscoll of Grand Forks band the four chicks, offspring of Terminator and Marv. Terminator, a female hatched in 2006 in Brandon, Manitoba, has been nesting in Grand Forks since 2008, the first two years on the Smiley water tower and since 2010 on the UND water tower.