Outdoors briefly

Lake Metigoshe ice fishing tourney

The Student Fish and Wildlife Club at Dakota College of Bottineau is hosting an ice fishing tournament fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 23. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the narrows at Lake Metigoshe. Registration fee is $10 per person with registration on location the day of the tournament.

For further information, contact Ken Cabarle at 228-5463.

Park reservations to begin Tuesday

Camping reservations for North Dakota State Parks will be accepted for the 2013 camping season beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

State park full services begin Friday, May 17, and the 95-day reservation window allows visitors to make sure they have a campsite ready upon arrival. In 2013, campsite reservations may be made for May 17 through Sept. 2, except for Fort Ransom State Park which will have reserved sites available through Sept 29. Stays are limited to 14 consecutive days unless otherwise noted.

Visitors to the Icelandic State Park campground will have to use a detour to reach the area as work continues on the Lake Renwick Dam. Cabins, yurts, tipis, shelters, meeting halls and rooms may be made one year in advance. Reservations for campsites and cabins/yurts/tipis can be made until noon the day prior to arrival. Reservations may be made either online at (parkrec.nd.gov) or by calling the State Parks toll-free reservation line at 800-807-4723.

Light goose season coming

Light goose hunters planning to hunt during North Dakota’s spring season can purchase a license online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website. The season opens Saturday and continues through May 5.

Residents can hunt during the spring season by having last fall’s 2012-13 bird licenses. Otherwise, hunters will need to purchase either a 2013-14 combination license, or a small game, and general game and habitat license.

A federal duck stamp is not required for either residents or nonresidents. Licenses are available only from the Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office, the department’s website at (gf.nd.gov), or by calling (800) 406-6409.

Availability of food and open water dictate when snow geese arrive in the state. Early migrants generally start showing up in the southeast part of the state in mid-to-late March, but huntable numbers usually aren’t around until the end of March or early April. If this winter’s mild weather conditions continue, light geese could arrive earlier than normal.

Hunters must obtain a new Harvest Information Program registration number before venturing out into the field. The HIP number can be obtained online or by calling (888) 634-4798. The HIP number is good for the fall season as well, so spring hunters should save it to record on their fall license.

The Game and Fish Department will provide hunters with migration updates once geese have entered the state. Hunters can access the department’s website or call 328-3697 to receive generalized locations of bird sightings in North Dakota until the season ends or geese have left the state. Migration reports will be updated periodically during the week.

The spring season is only open to light geese snows, blues, and Ross’s. The season is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds.

Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. There is no daily bag limit or possession limit. Electronic and recorded calls, as well as shotguns capable of holding more than three shells, may be used to take light geese during this season. Nontoxic shot is required for hunting all light geese statewide. Driving off established roads and trails is strongly discouraged during this hunt because of the likelihood of soft, muddy conditions, and winter wheat that is planted across the state.

For more information on regulations refer to the 2013 Spring Light Goose Hunting Regulations and the 2012 North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Guide.