Outside Pocket book: North Dakota state parks supply First Day Hikes, 12-month problem – Grand Forks Herald

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BISMARCK — Three North Dakota state parks — Cross Ranch, Fort Stevenson and Fort Abraham Lincoln — will join other state parks from Maine to California to host First Day Hikes on Sunday, January 1, New Year’s Day.

In Minnesota, First Day Hikes are offered at 11 state parks, including Lake Bemidji State Park. Details are available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/state_parks/firstdayhike.html.

Depending on snow conditions, event options may include hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat tire riding, or kick sledding.

For complete event details for the three North Dakota First Day Hikes, visit the state park’s Facebook pages or online at parkrec.nd.gov/events.

In related news, the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department’s “12 Months-12 Hikes Challenge” also begins Jan. 1. Participants will be encouraged to hike one North Dakota State Park Trail each month, and those who complete 12 hikes by the end of 2023 will earn a 12 Month – 12 Hike Commemorative Patch.

This year’s challenge includes additional bonus trails as the Parks and Recreation Department has worked with park districts in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot and Williston to host one bonus trail each.

“We always strive to provide year-round outdoor recreation opportunities,” Cody Schulz, director of North Dakota Parks and Recreation, said in a statement. “The hiking challenges provide a great way for all ages to get active while connecting them to the incredible trails in our parks, and the inclusion of trails from our city partners this year is a wonderful addition.”

The challenge offers a simple check-in process and registration is open to all ages. Info/registration: parkrec.nd.gov/challenges .

– Report of the Herald staff

Hunters can find CWD test results online

ST. PAUL – Deer hunters in Minnesota can check the Department of Natural Resources’ website – mndnr.gov/cwdcheck/index.html – for chronic wasting test results on the deer they kill. The website also shows statewide CWD test results, including locations of deer that tested positive, and statistics.

Any additional deer shot during Minnesota deer season that test positive for CWD will be reported on the CWD results page. The DNR also directly notifies any hunter who shoots a deer that tests positive. The DNR counts on the involvement of hunters in providing samples to support disease surveillance and thanks all those who submitted samples.

– Report of the Herald staff

NDGF sets free ice fishing weekend

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s Free Ice Fishing Weekend will be held Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, the Department of Wildlife and Fish has announced. Local anglers are allowed to fish without a license on these two days. All other winter fishing rules apply.

The weekend offers a great opportunity to try ice fishing for the first time or to bring someone new. Share your story to win a fish house.

For information on regulations, where to fish, and what equipment is needed for ice fishing, visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at gf.nd.gov.

– Report of the Herald staff

New Vessel Registrations Required

BISMARCK — Owners of watercraft in North Dakota should note that 2023 is the first year of a new three-year registration period, the Game and Fish Department said in a reminder.

Vessel registrations must be renewed online under My Account on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. A credit card is required.

The price to register power boats under 16 feet and all canoes in North Dakota is $18. the fee for motor boats from 16 feet to less than 20 feet is $36; and the price for motor boats 20 feet or longer is $45. The fees are calculated pro rata.

The 2023-25 ​​watercraft registration cycle begins on January 1st and runs through December 31st, 2025.

In addition, a 2019 state law requires a $15 aquatic nuisance species fee for each motorized watercraft registered in North Dakota that runs concurrently with the three-year watercraft registration period.

For motorized watercraft operating on state waters that are not licensed in North Dakota, the law requires an ANS fee of $15 payable each calendar year and requires operators to display an ANS decal on their watercraft to attach.

New watercraft owners can provide the necessary documentation, such as enclose the purchase contract or proof of taxes paid when purchasing online or send the required documents by post. A 10-day temporary permit will be issued to allow processing and delivery of registrations and stickers. For timely processing, Game and Fish encourages watercraft owners to submit attachments online.

– Report of the Herald staff