I plumb forgot about this....well, I didn't forget but I thought it was the 12th not the 7th that was the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's visit to Valley City, albeit a brief one, as he whistle-stop campaigned across the NP Railroad as the candidate for the PROGRESSIVE Bull Moose Party.
Friday, Sept. 14 at noon signals the start of a nine-and-a-half day deer hunting season for youth ages 12-15.
Licensed youth ages 12 and 13 are allowed to hunt statewide, but only for antlerless white-tailed deer. Deer hunters age 14 or 15 with a â€śyouth seasonâ€ť license can hunt statewide for any deer, except antlerless mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F. In addition, a special license is required to hunt antlered mule deer in those same units.
More than 2,000 licenses for antlerless deer are still available after the North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently completed its second lottery drawing.
These remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Sept. 19. These licenses are only available to individuals who have not already received a lottery or landowner license, and are valid only during the regular deer gun season, Nov. 9-25.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding bowhunters that hunting deer over bait is now prohibited in deer units 3C, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2.
Expansion of the area in which hunting over bait is no longer allowed is in response to recent discoveries of chronic wasting disease in deer in part of southwestern North Dakota. In 2011 only unit 3F2, where the first two CWD positive deer were taken, was closed to hunting over bait.
North Dakota hunters should expect to see a slight increase in sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge numbers this hunting season, based on spring survey numbers. However, the ruffed grouse population continues on a downward trend.
The season for sharp-tailed grouse, ruffed grouse and Hungarian partridge opens Sept. 8.
North Dakotaâ€™s deer archery season opens Friday, Aug. 31 at noon. Hunters must have an archery license to hunt during the bow season â€“ there are no concurrent season deer gun licenses in 2012.
Bowhunters must follow all regulations of the managing agency when using tree stands on public hunting areas, including displaying the ownerâ€™s name, address and telephone number on tree stands left unattended on North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2012 is now available online at the Departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, PLOTS Guides will be available at most license vendors throughout the state in late August.
In Dreams I've Walked the streets of Valley and seen them as they used to be. Take a look here at Whatwasthere.com to see some of the photos from the BCHS Collection in place....or sorta close to where they were taken. You can phase them back and forth between the old and the new to get an idea of indeed...what was there. http://www.whatwasthere.com/browse.aspx#!/ll/46.9233129,-98.00315469999998/zoom/12/
If one stops and takes time to look up at the buildings of Valley City's downtown, you will notice that there are some architecturally significant structures that make up the "sky line" of our community. If you ever get a chance to look at a photo of downtown from the 1920s or 1930s you will see that much of these buildings remain and despite some poorly advised attempts at remodeling and "improving" them over the years, they're actually still there..for the most part. What I am saying is that "the bones are good".
North Dakotaâ€™s early Canada goose season is set and the season will open Aug. 15. The limits are 15 daily and 30 in possession.
Limits and shooting hours for the early season are different from the regular season. Shooting hours during the early season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset daily.
Normal licensing requirements for the regular season, including a federal duck stamp, apply to the early season. Nonresidents who hunt in Benson, Ramsey, Towner, Sargent and Richland counties during the early season may do so without counting against their 14-day regular season license.