Outdoors briefly

Sweetheart Ski at Turtle River State Park

Turtle River State Park will be hosting a Sweetheart Ski, Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kids are welcome to enjoy healthy finger foods and craft activities in the Chalet/Warming House while their parents ski.

The Ski & Bike Shop from Grand Forks will have skis, boots and poles available on site to borrow. Registration is required. The cost is $2 per person. Contact Turtle River State Park at 594-4445 to register. Registration closes Tuesday.

Game and Fish volunteers recognized

Volunteer instructors for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department were recognized Jan. 4 at the annual banquet in Bismarck. Skip Balzer, Bismarck, received the volunteer of the year award. Balzer was mentioned for volunteering thousands of hours at rifle ranges and wildlife management areas, Family Fishing Days, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, state fair and fish camps.

Bismarck resident Clair Huwe was named instructor of the year. Huwe was recognized for his work with the Hooked on Fishing program, including Family Fishing Days, fish camps and the state fair.

Richard Peterson, Bismarck, received the special projects award. Peterson was instrumental in securing a new trailer for the Hooked on Fishing program, including writing the grant, purchasing the trailer, outfitting the inside and designing the wrap.

Among those honored for 35 years of service were John Buresh, Towner; Richard Cheatley, Riverdale; Colin Hoffert, Harvey; and Noel Podoll, Velva.

Those receiving 30-year service awards included Dale Brewster, Stanley; Donald Brewster, Bowbells; Clyde Grosz, Beulah; Don Meyer, Devils Lake; Mark Montgomery, Center; and David Rensch, Garrison.

Among those recognized for 25 years of service were James Boley, Minot; Dick Brewster, Washburn; Douglas Crosby, Williston; Myron Hanson, Souris; and Rick Jorgenson, Devil Lake.

Honorees for 20 years of service included Gregory Odden, Rugby; Rick Olson, Underwood; Rodney Parrill, Bottineau; and Mark Vickerman, Minot.

Included in 15-year service awards were Mark Engen, Anamoose; Mark Entzi, Watford City; Morris Hummel, Coleharbor; Jeffrey Lemer, Anamoose; Richard Liesner, Ray; Curt Miller, Tioga; Marvin Neumiller, Washburn; Scott Rehak, Williston; and Brian Vose, Devils Lake.

Ten-year active instructors recognized included Troy Enga, Berthold; Judy Haglund, Garrison; Steven Kukowski, Minot; Kimberly Murphy, Williston; Kent Reierson, Williston; Scott Thorson, Towner; and Daniel Vollmer, Rolla.

Among those recognized for five years of service were Andrew Banta, Williston; Jamie Bradley, Beulah; Jason Heinz, Rolette; Andrew Majeres, Garrison; and Jeffrey Solseth, Cando.

Deer management meetings start in Feb.

Eight public meetings to discuss deer management in North Dakota are scheduled to begin in mid-February. State Game and Fish Department officials will present an overview of current deer population and prospects for the future, and look for input on possible options for changes in the way deer licenses are allocated.

Minot-area meetings will be held Feb. 18 at the Anamoose VFW Club and Feb. 24 at the Tioga Farm Festival Building. Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. local time.

Spring light goose season opens soon

North Dakota’s spring light goose season opens Saturday and continues through May 18. Residents can hunt during the spring season by having last fall’s 2013-14 bird licenses. Otherwise, hunters will need to purchase either a 2014-15 combination license; or a small game, and general game and habitat license. A federal duck stamp is not required.

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.

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. For more information on regulations refer to the 2014 Spring Light Goose Hunting Regulations and the 2013 North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Guide.

Park reservations begin Tuesday

The 2014 camping season is approaching and reservations can be made at North Dakota State Parks beginning on Tuesday at 7 a.m.

State park full services begin Friday, May 16, and the 95-day reservation window allows visitors to make sure they have a campsite ready upon arrival. Stays are limited to 14 consecutive days unless otherwise noted.

For the first time, all campsites at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and Lake Metigoshe State Park can be reserved. The rest of the state parks will continue to offer about half of their sites for reservation and half first-come, first-served.

Cabins, yurts, tipis, shelters, meeting halls and rooms may be made up to 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 toll-free reservation line, 800-807-4723.