Outdoors briefly

Catalog connects landowners with hunters, trappers

The state Agriculture and Game and Fish departments have launched a cooperative project to connect coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who would like to reduce coyote populations in their area.

Called the “Coyote Catalog,” the project creates an online database similar to what the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has used for the past several years to match deer hunters with farmers/ranchers who wanted to reduce deer populations on their land.

Registration

Landowners can sign up via the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s website. Required information includes county and contact information.

Hunters and trappers can sign up at the Game and Fish Department website at (gf.nd.gov).

Landowners will receive information on hunters interested in hunting and/or trapping in their county and will need to make the initial contact with prospective hunters.

“We’re pleased to have a collaborative project such as this with the Department of Agriculture, that is meant to provide a service to match those who want to hunt or trap coyotes, and those who may have a problem with coyotes on their land,” said Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand. “This type of system has worked well in getting those landowners with deer and hunters together and we believe this can work equally as well.”

The Coyote Catalog will remain active through March 31, and then start up again next winter.

Signup still available for Winter BOW events

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program has a few openings available for a three-day workshop Feb. 22-24 at Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau.

Dog sledding, snowshoeing, winter survival, darkhouse spearfishing and cross-country skiing are classes available at Lake Metigoshe. Cost of the workshop is $135.

Those interested should sign up immediately at the Game and Fish website at (gf.nd.gov), as each class is limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration with payment is required. Equipment and snacks will be provided. More information is available by contacting Nancy Boldt at 328-6312, or Brittany Fish at 527-3075.

North Dakota Earth Day patch contest on tap

The state Game and Fish Department’s annual Earth Day awareness campaign is accepting entries for design of a 2013 Earth Day patch. North Dakota students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is March 15.

The Game and Fish Department will announce a winner in three age categories 6-9, 10-13 and 14-18. Each winner will receive a pair of Nikon 8×40 binoculars. The final patch design will be chosen from the three winners.

The winning design will be used on a patch given to members of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H clubs and any school participating in Earth Day cleanup projects on state-owned or managed lands in North Dakota in April and May.

The patch should incorporate some aspect of Earth Day celebrated April 22 or keeping North Dakota clean. It must be round and 3 inches in diameter. There is a limit of five colors on the patch, and lettering must be printed. Name, address, age and phone number of the contestant must be clearly printed on the entry form. Only one entry per person is allowed.

Earth Day entry and reporting forms are available on the Game and Fish Department’s website, (gf.nd.gov). For more information, contact Pat Lothspeich at 328-6300.