Outdoors briefly

Special Fishing Day at Upper Souris NWR

The Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge, in cooperation with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and local volunteers, will sponsor a fishing day for individuals with special needs from Minot and the surrounding area.

The event is planned for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will take place in the Outlet Fishing Area below Lake Darling Dam. It will include a picnic lunch at noon. The event will be funded in part by the Kenmare Veterans Club, Kenmare Goosefest Committee and The Souris River Basin Longbeards.

Because of the large number of people planning to attend this event and the limited parking spaces available, the Outlet Fishing Area will be closed Saturday to Refuge visitors from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Individuals attending the event will be assisted by Fish and Wildlife Service employees, staff from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and local volunteers. Rods, reels, tackle and bait will be supplied for those individuals who do not have equipment. Parents and guardians of special service students should contact the refuge at 468-5467 with their plans.

The weekend of June 7-8 are Free Fishing Days. Residents of North Dakota may fish without a resident license.

Anglers reminded of non-game fish regulations

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds anglers and others taking carp and other non-game fish that a license is required, and hook-and-line, archery equipment and spears are the only legal methods of take. Snagging non-game fish is illegal.

In addition, enforcement chief Robert Timian said anglers must properly dispose of the fish. “Leaving dead fish on the shoreline or in the water is considered a littering violation,” Timian said.

Deer gun app deadline set for Wednesday

North Dakota deer hunters are reminded the deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 gun season is Wednesday. Hunters are encouraged to apply online at the State Game and Fish Department website, (gf.nd.gov).

The deadline applies to muzzleloader, regular gun, gratis and nonresident landowner, and youth antlered mule deer applications (specifically for antlered mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, and 4A-4F). The deadline for regular statewide youth deer licenses is Sept. 1.

Gratis applications received on or before Wednesday’s regular deer gun lottery application deadline will be issued an any-legal-deer license. Applications received after the deadline will be issued based on licenses remaining after the lottery.

A new state law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by submitting a valid North Dakota driver’s license number or a North Dakota non-driver photo identification number. Applications will not be processed without this information.

Some N.D. lakes suffered winterkill

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries management section leader Scott Gangl said biologists investigated winterkills at 11 lakes so far this spring, with only a few considered significant enough to affect the quality of fishing this spring.

Lakes that appear to have suffered a significant kill include Leland Dam (McKenzie County), Island Lake (Rolette County) and the State Fair Pond (Ward County).

Fisheries personnel already restocked these lakes with hatchery-raised fish, or fish transported from another lake. Gangl said while the State Fair Pond will have catchable fish this summer, fish stocked in Leland Dam and Island Lake will take 2 or 3 years to be of a catchable size. Some of the lakes that experienced a minor kill were too insignificant to affect fishing.

Minot Gun Club skeet, trap shooting hours

The Minot Gun Club is open to skeet and trapshooting Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.