Outdoors briefs

DeKrey named Game and Fish deputy director

State Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand has appointed Duane DeKrey as the agency’s new deputy director. DeKrey began his new position Jan. 1. Game and Fish had been without a deputy director since June when Roger Rostvet, who had served in the position since 1998, retired.

“During my search for a deputy, I was looking for an individual who would work with me to address challenges into the future,” Steinwand said. “Duane showed that he is willing and has the ability to integrate our current views, as well as provide a different viewpoint that will help move the department forward.”

Steinwand added that DeKrey is well-versed in the Game and Fish Department’s mission and will be a strong advocate for hunting, angling and other conservation issues.

DeKrey, a native of Pettibone in northern Kidder County, served in the N.D. Legislature for 20 years and was a member of the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee. He is an avid deer hunter, a landowner, a graduate of North Dakota State University, and has served more than 30 years in the North Dakota National Guard.

Pine needle basket class on tap at Audubon

A pine needle basket making class will be held for beginners on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge.

Pine needle basketry is made from a continuous coil of pine needles, which are sewn together while shaping the basket. Each student will work on his or her own small pine needle basket. Each participant should be able to complete their first basket, and continue on their own with the craft if they would like to.

Eileen McEnroe, Bismarck, will introduce students to this unique craft. Eileen has been teaching pine needle basket classes for four years, and sells and displays her artwork at Bismarck Art and Galleries, N.D. State Historical Society gift shops, and the Audubon Refuge Prairie Pond Store. She has received several awards for her basketry and was an Artist in Residence at Fort Lincoln State Park in 2012.

The cost of the one-day class is $50. Materials for the class will be available from the teacher on the day of class. Registration is limited to 10 students. To register, please contact Eileen McEnroe at 224-8335.

Denbigh bird count reaches record 39 species

The final Christmas Bird Count in the Minot region was held Jan. 5 at the Denbigh Experimental Forest. A record 39 different species were recorded. The previous high was 37 species in 2011.

Three new species of birds were observed during the count – pileated woodpecker, Eurasian collared-dove and a pine grosbeak. Approximately 3,500 individual birds were seen. The most numerous species was the common redpoll with a count of 1,276.

N.D. game warden exam Jan. 18 in Bismarck

Individuals interested in taking the game warden exam scheduled for Jan. 18 are reminded to submit a letter of intent to the N.D. Game and Fish Department before 5 p.m., Jan. 17. Letters of intent should be addressed to chief game warden Robert Timian, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095. The test will be given at 10 a.m., Jan. 18, at the department’s main office in Bismarck.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a bachelor’s degree. Other requirements are a current N.D. peace officer license, or eligibility for a license, and a valid driver’s license. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills in communications and writing, and must not have a record of any felony convictions.

The salary for beginning game wardens through training is $3,200 per month. Upon successful completion of training, the salary is $3,785-$6,309 per month. Wardens also receive the state benefits package, including travel allowance. Uniforms and other equipment are provided.

2013 hunting, fishing legislation tracked on Web

The N.D. Game and Fish Department will once again track hunting and fishing issues during the 2013 legislative session.

Interested outdoor enthusiasts can follow proposed outdoors-related bills by logging onto the Game and Fish Department website, ( A brief description of each bill will be included, along with the bill sponsor and hearing schedule.

Upper Souris Refuge seeks grazing ally

Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge is seeking a grazing cooperator for the 2013 grazing season and following years. The pasture land is located in Renville County along the east side of Souris River, beginning at Mouse River Park and stretching south. Grazing dates will be approximately from May 20 through Aug. 21. A total of 104 cow/calf pairs are needed for the 2013 season. Animal units and grazing lands will be adjusted annually. All refuge cooperators must be willing to follow the refuge grazing system which includes cattle moves, fence repairs and installation of temporary electric fence. The 2012 grazing rate was $19.80 per cow/calf pair per month and is also adjusted on an annual basis.

A lottery system will be used to make final selections from qualified applicants. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Tom Pabian at Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge at 468-5467.