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Deadline looms for photo contest

The deadline for submitting entries in the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest is Oct. 1.

The contest has categories for nongame and game species, as well as plants/insects. An overall winning photograph will be chosen, with the number of place winners in each category determined by the number of qualified entries.

Contest entries are limited to digital files submitted via email only. Contestants are limited to no more than five entries. Photos must have been taken in North Dakota.

By submitting an entry, photographers grant permission to Game and Fish to publish winning photographs in North Dakota Outdoors magazine, on the Department’s website,, and on agency social media accounts.

Photographers can send emailed digital photos to, with individual photo file sizes limited to 5 MB or less. Game and Fish may contact photographers for original full resolution images, if needed for publication.

All entries must be accompanied by the photographer’s name, address, phone number and email address. Other information such as photo site location and month taken are also useful.

For more information, call 701-328-6300 or send email to

Out-of-state hunters see restrictions 

Out-of-state hunters are reminded that state law does not allow nonresidents to hunt on North Dakota Game and Fish Department owned or managed lands during the first week of pheasant season.

Private Land Open to Sportsmen acreage and state wildlife management areas are open to hunting by resident hunters only from Oct. 6-12. Nonresidents, however, can still hunt those days on other state-owned and federal lands, or private land.

The law applies to all small game, waterfowl, furbearer and big game hunting on PLOTS and state wildlife management areas during the first seven days of the pheasant season. Starting Oct. 13 this year, nonresidents may hunt on PLOTS and WMAs as long as the appropriate season is open.

Teddy Roosevelt Family Day scheduled

Families looking for an afternoon filled with outdoor activities may attend Teddy Roosevelt Family Day on Sunday at McDowell Dam just east of Bismarck.

The free event, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., features many hands-on activities including archery, BB gun shooting, fishing and animal identification.

The first 900 kids who attend will receive a free Teddy Roosevelt patch.

McDowell Dam is 3 ½ miles east of Bismarck on N.D. Highway 10, then 1 mile north.

-- Compiled from press releases and staff reports

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