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Outdoor notes

- Oct. 19: Bakken Friends of the NRA, 5:30 p.m., Outlaw Bar and Grill, Watford City.

- Oct. 20: Fall crow season closes.

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- Oct. 25: Cannonball Ducks Unlimited, 5:30 p.m., Elgin, Our Place.

- Oct. 26: Mink, muskrat, weasel trapping seasons open.

- Oct. 26: Theodore Roosevelt Friends of the NRA banquet, 5:30 p.m. Dickinson Eagles.

- Oct. 30: Dove season closes.

Tournaments

- Oct. 19: Upper Missouri River, Lewis and Clark Bridge.

Fishing

- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: No reports from Lake Sakakawea and southwestern lakes.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Weather limiting activity and salmon success from shore on Lake Sakakawea is slowing. Some activity on Lake Oahe with anglers accessing from the Hazelton boat ramp. Use caution in the channel with low water. No other reports from the Missouri River and Lake Oahe. Try jigging either shallow or as deep as 30 feet in McKenzie Bay of Lake Sakakawea.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea and small area lakes.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea. Some walleye activity around the east end of the Lake Audubon. No Missouri River reports.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: Little activity.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Limited activity.

- Pick City, Scott's Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: or Gulp. Shore-fishing remains good using crankbaits along the east shore by the dock or boat ramp. Better success remains at night. Lake Sakakawea producing a few walleye along the points in at least 30 feet using live bait. Some salmon success continues from boats along the face of the dam, Government Bay, intake structure, and Scoria Bay. Try Mepps or spoons from shore with fair success in Scoria and Government bays and along the intake rocks. Best success is in the morning, although overall boat and shore success is still somewhat slow on both the river and lake.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Weather permitting, continued fair walleye success in the Van Hook Arm.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River muddied up and walleye success slowed. Try the Van Hook Arm on Lake Sakakawea for walleye.

Hunting

- NDGF Department game wardens: Use discretion when trying to drive on wet and muddy roads and fields. Hunters are lowering expectations with fewer pheasants in southwestern N.D. Overall moderate success with more hours being logged for birds -- and fewer limits. Not much success for the opening weekend of pheasant season in west-central N.D. Not much waterfowl movement yet in west-central N.D. Slower pheasant success around the midsection of Lake Sakakawea. Geese starting to move into wetlands around the midsection with ducks in pockets throughout the area.

- Central N.D.: Fair pheasant success southwest of Bismarck, although bird numbers are less than last year. Fair waterfowl success with mostly local birds yet.

- Northwest N.D.: Somewhat poor pheasant success with better success in the far northwest. Northwestern duck hunters doing well with some northern birds starting to move in. Watch for young, uncolored pheasants yet. Increasing numbers of lesser Canada geese moving into the midsection of Lake Sakakawea but limited snow goose and whitefront numbers yet.

- Southwest N.D.: Slower pheasant success with birds still in standing row crops. Hunters are having to work hard for birds, especially in areas hit by the early October storm. Mixed pheasant success southwest of Bismarck.

- West-central N.D.: Duck numbers remain fair with a few lesser starting to move in. Fair pheasant success in pockets. Watch identification with lots of young, uncolored roosters.

Numbers to know

- NDGF Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website (http://gf.nd.gov).

- NDGF Department Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice).

Patricia Stockdill

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