Capital City Gun Club opens for season

Capital City Gun Club, Highway 83 North, is open for the season from 6 p.m. to dark every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The club is open to the public for shooting during these hours.

League teams are forming. If you would like to shoot on a team or sponsor a team, call 527-0027. The club’s summer youth shooting program will begin in early June. For information on the youth program, call 351-4686 or leave a message at the club at 223-9542.

Game and Fish completes deer survey

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April and results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population is down from last year, but still 14% above the long-term average.

Biologists counted 2,454 mule deer in 298.8 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in the Badlands was 8.2 deer per square mile, compared to 10.3 in 2018.

Though mule deer density was lower than 2018, big game management supervisor Bruce Stillings said the population is above objective and remains at a level able to support more hunting opportunities this fall.

“The 2019 spring results show that mule deer have recovered nicely following winters of 2009-11,” Stillings said. "However, the long-term health of the population will depend on maintaining high-quality habitat.”

Missouri River Safety Day slated May 16

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Townsquare Media are sponsoring the Missouri River SPLASH — a recreation and boating safety event from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Moritz Sport and Marine in Mandan. Displays, hands-on activities, demonstrations, regulations, registrations and prizes are included.

Youth can take boating course

Boat owners are reminded that North Dakota state law requires youth ages 12 to 15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft by themselves with at least a 10 horsepower motor must pass the state’s boating basics course.

The course is available for home-study from the Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office. Two commercial providers also offer the course online, and links to those sites are found on the department’s website at gf.nd.gov.

While the home-study course is free, students will be charged a fee to take it online. The online provider charges for the course, not the Game and Fish Department. The fee stays with the online provider.

The course covers legal requirements, navigation rules, getting underway, accidents and topics such as weather, rules of the road, laws, life saving and first aid.

For more information, call 701-328-6300.

-- Compiled from press releases and staff reports

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