As expected, North Dakota deer hunters took fewer deer last fall than in previous years, according to harvest statistics recently finalized by the State Game and Fish Department.
Slightly more than 95,000 hunters took more than 49,000 deer during the 2011 deer gun season. Hunter success was 51 percent, down from 64 percent in 2010 and well below the annual average of 70 percent during the past decade.
ON THE MOVE for Students started March 4 for all Barnes County elementary schools and ends March 31. It is a 4 week program that encourages students in kindergarten-grade 6 to do 60 minutes of physical activity on either 5 or 7 days of the week and have fun doing it!
Students who are physically active learn better, have a healthier weight and are overall healthier. Parents are encouraged to exercise with their children throughout the program.
ON THE MOVE for Students is sponsored by Barnes ON THE MOVE Partnership, local sponsors, and the North Dakota Cancer Coalition.
The annual REACH banquet will be held at the Valley City Eagles on Thursday, March 29. The evening will begin with a social hosted by the REACH Directors at 6pm. The banquet is open to the public. The cost is $10 per person. This includes the social a meal, entertainment and a guest speaker.
This year's guest speaker will be Fr. Patrick Shea, president of the University of Mary.
North Dakotaâ€™s 2012 moose, elk and bighorn sheep proclamation has been finalized and applications are available at the State Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website. The deadline for applying is March 28.
A total of 301 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall, 200 fewer than last year.
A couple things come to mind this week
Excerpt from "Lucy Gayheart" by Willa Cather
"In little towns, lives roll along so close to one another; loves and hates beat about, their wings almost touching. On the sidewalks along which everybody comes and goes, you must, if you walk abroad at all, at some time pass within a few inches of the man who cheated and betrayed you, or the woman you desire more than anything else in the world. Her skirt brushes against you. You say good-morning, and go on. It is a close shave. Out in the world the escapes are not so narrow."
Do you know how to make Cream of Wheat? I ask as I had to go and buy a box of the stuff to put on exhibit with the â€śKey Ingredients: America by Foodâ€ť to represent ND (Weâ€™re known for Cream of Wheat by whomever it is who chooses such things and it was invented in Grand Forks in 1893) as well as the bag-o-Lutefisk and ground flax seed that is locally made. Well, I've gone and outwitted myself again since I emptied the contents of the boxes and bags at home and put the Cream of Wheat box in the display.
Front and center on my agenda is the Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit â€śKey Ingredients: America by Foodâ€ť that is on display here at the Barnes County Museum now through March 11th. Sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council this exhibit is touring six communities in ND in 2011 and 2012 and Iâ€™ve learned that it will tour another six ND towns for 2012-2014.
The 2012 spring wild turkey lottery has been held and more than 700 licenses remain in nine units. The governorâ€™s proclamation allows a maximum of two licenses, and hunters who did not apply in the first drawing are also eligible.
2011 Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Elk Harvests
Harvest statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success during the 2011 season for bighorn sheep was 100 percent, 88 percent for moose and 50 percent for elk.
Four bighorn sheep units were open in 2011. Game and Fish issued one license in unit B1/B2, two licenses in unit B3, and two licenses in unit B4. One additional auction license holder was able to hunt any open area. All six hunters tagged adult rams.
St. Catherine School---Valley City