Outdoors briefly

Association holding Winter on the Northern Plains

The Northeastern North Dakota Heritage Association is featuring “Winter on the Northern Plains” to give visitors at Icelandic State Park an idea of what winter was like in North Dakota.

The exhibit will showcase the many aspects of winter pioneer living. It features historic photographs of winter homesteading, as well as narratives on the wintertime pioneer lifestyle. Pioneers endured blustery winters, but they enjoyed them just as we do today. Past and present winter activities have many similarities including ice skating and sledding.

The exhibit features winter equipment of the past and present-day. Some winter gear such as fur clothing, ice skates, sleds, snowshoes and cross-country skis will be on display for viewing. There is even a dog sled on exhibition.

The exhibit is free of charge in accordance with a daily pass, annual pass or an association membership. The Pioneer Heritage Center at Icelandic State Park is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Icelandic State Park is located 5 1/2 miles west of Cavalier on North Dakota Highway 5.

2013 bighorn sheep, moose and elk harvests

Harvest statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success during the 2013 season was 100 percent for bighorn sheep, 91 percent for moose and 50 percent for elk.

The department issued three bighorn sheep licenses and auctioned one. All four hunters harvested a bighorn ram.

The department issued 111 moose licenses last year. Hunters harvested 101 animals 85 bulls and 16 cows/calves. One additional license was raffled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the hunter was successful in harvesting a moose. Harvest for each unit follows:

UnitHuntersBullsCow/CalfSuccess Rate

M5514100

M61546 67

M815141100

M92522296

M105144392

The department issued 271 elk licenses last year. Hunters harvested 127 elk 77 bulls and 50 cows/calves. One additional license was raffled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the hunter was successful in harvesting an elk. Harvest for each unit follows:

UnitHuntersBullsCow/CalfSuccess Rate

E1681119 44

E21162927 48

E34725 3 60

E42412 1 54