Outdoors briefly

Borrow a naturalist program

Ever wondered just what the weedy plants blooming in the late summer are and if they’re responsible for your allergies, or where the best hiking spots are in the park, or the history behind some of the buildings? Now is your chance to find out. Turtle River State Park offers you an opportunity to choose the hike topic. Schedule a hike between 9 a.m. and 6p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 or 21, on a nature or park history topic of your choice.

Contact TRSP interpreter Laci Prucinsky at 594-4445 or to schedule a hike. Sept. 14 hikes must be scheduled by Thursday, Sept. 12; Thursday, Sept. 19 is the deadline to schedule for the 21st. Minimum of 4 people required. Turtle River State Park is 22 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2.

Fall activities on Upper Souris Nat’l Refuge

Boat fishing on Lake Darling, including canoeing on the Souris River canoe routes, closes Sept. 30. Bank fishing will remain open in all designated public fishing areas.

The deer archery season opened at Upper Souris Aug. 30 and closes Jan. 5, 2014. The deer gun season opens at noon on Friday, Nov. 8, and runs through Nov. 24. Only holders of an Upper Souris NWR Unit 3A2 permit may hunt antlered deer. No refuge permit is required to hunt antlerless deer.

Youth deer hunting opens at noon on Sept. 20 and closes Sept. 29. Youth deer hunters must reference the North Dakota deer hunting guide for specifics on harvesting species and sex of deer for various hunter age groups. Muzzleloader deer hunting opens at noon on Friday, Nov. 29, and runs through Dec. 15. Special refuge permits are not required.

Hunters may use portable tree stands or ground blinds if they are removed daily. Only strap-on or removable climbing ladders can be used.

Grouse and partridge hunters can hunt the same areas of the refuge as is past years. The season opens Saturday, Sept. 14. Pheasants may be hunted in refuge Unit 1 beginning Oct. 12. Unit 2 opens Nov. 25 and closes Jan. 5, 2014. Only approved non-toxic shot may be possessed while in the field. Contact refuge headquarters at 468-5467 for specific unit boundaries.

The hunting or taking of any furbearer, including coyotes and mountain lions, as well as waterfowl, doves, sandhill cranes, crows, rabbits, moose or turkey is prohibited on the refuge.