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The May issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is available FREE online right now. Itâ€™s highlighted by an in depth story from fisheries biologisst Todd Caspers and Randy Hiltner examining the health of Devils Lake fisheries and a biological assessment of possible special fishing regulations. Also a full review of the outdoors bills from the 2015 North Dakota legislative session and a guide to catching catfish on the Red River. Check these stories and more for free in the full May issue available right here: or here http://gf.nd.gov/publications
Failure to wear a personal floatation device is the main reason people lose their lives in water recreation accidents.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department boat and water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt said safety begins with wearing a personal flotation device, and knowing whatâ€™s below the surface of the water.
â€śWater recreationists need to be alert and safe,â€ť Boldt said. â€śSwimmers need to know the waterâ€™s depth, as serious injuries can occur from diving into water. Large objects hidden below the waterâ€™s surface can lead to significant injury.â€ť
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams talks about the 2015 deer lottery. Click here to Watch! and find full details about the 2015 deer season by clicking here or here http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/big-game/deer2
Boaters are reminded to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives a number of complaints every year about overly aggressive behavior at boat ramps. A few simple reminders will help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat.
Don't pull onto ramp until your boat is ready to launch.
Prepare for launching in the parking area. Remove covers, load equipment, remove tie downs, attach lines and put in drain plug, before backing onto the ramp.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department emphasizes a simple message to well-intentioned humans who want to pick up and rescue what appear to be orphaned baby animals â€“ donâ€™t touch them. Whether it is a young fawn, duckling, cottontail rabbit or a songbird, it is better to just leave them alone.
More often than not young animals are not abandoned or deserted, and the mother is probably watching nearby. Young wildlife are purposely placed into seclusion by their mothers to protect them from predators.
Outdoor water recreationists are once again reminded to help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota.
State Game and Fish Department ANS coordinator Fred Ryckman applauds the efforts of those who keep North Dakota waters free of unwanted species.