Outdoors briefly

Refuge haying permits available

The Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge will open several areas for haying this year. A public drawing will be held on Monday, July 28, at 3 p.m. to select permittees for haying. You must be 18 years of age or older and a bona fide rancher or farmer in need of hay for your own livestock to be eligible for the drawing.

The cost for the hay is $14.20 per acre. The hay may not be traded, sold or given away. For additional information, please contact Tom Pabian, Refuge Manager, at 468-5467 or stop by the refuge headquarters between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Game and Fish at State Fair

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will host thousands of visitors at its Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park Friday through July 26 at the State Fair in Minot.

Visitors will be treated to an array of activities, exhibits and useful information. The park will be staffed from 1 to 7 p.m. daily. Pathways to Hunting, Fishing and Trapping are major attractions where fishing, shooting, archery and furtaking are taught to interested kids and adults. Fishing will be available at the Skills Park fishing pier.

“The Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park is a really good stop for the entire family to learn about the outdoors, and to participate in hands-on activities that might just turn a youngster and others on to hunting and fishing in North Dakota,” said outreach biologist Greg Gullickson. “We have some great opportunities in North Dakota, and I certainly encourage people to come out and give it a try.”

In addition, Gullickson said guests should visit the live fish display, or stop by the furbearer exhibit and discuss trapping with the experts, or relax and enjoy native prairie plantings.

“The best thing about the whole Game and Fish area is the price – it’s all free,” he added.

The Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park is located on the north end of the State Fairgrounds near the All Seasons Arena.

No aquatic bait into North Dakota

Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to import all forms of live aquatic bait into North Dakota. This includes minnows, suckers, leeches, salamanders and frogs. Anglers should buy bait from a licensed North Dakota retail bait vendor. Bait vendors can properly identify species and have taken steps to ensure all bait is clean of any aquatic nuisance species.

For more information, refer to the 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide, available at license vendors or online at the State Game and Fish Department website, (gf.nd.gov).