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Warm weather brings solo activity opportunities

By Staff | Apr 3, 2020

As warmer weather arrives, Pierce County residents normally look forward to outdoor activities and spring sports.

According to the North Dakota Department of Game and Fish, enjoying the great outdoors can still be possible during the current national health emergency by keeping a few guidelines in mind.

An emailed statement from the North Dakota Department of Game and Fish to the Tribune said, “While we have encouraged people to get outdoors to fish, walk, bike, etc., we have also encouraged people to practice social distancing while engaging in those activities. These types of activities can be just as important for mental health as exercising is to physical health.”

Fishing season in North Dakota opened Wednesday on schedule, according to a statement by Gov. Doug Burgum in a press conference Tuesday evening. Burgum said solitary or “socially distanced” activities such as golf were options for people seeking to enjoy warmer weather as long as they observed public health guidelines to slow the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

The emailed Game and Fish statement read, “A person can view our website for an abundant amount of information about fishing in North Dakota, i.e. where to fish, contour maps of lakes, stocking reports, etc., fisheries data, fish identification and other general fishing information.”

“We recommend people to review the fishing regulations guide, view our webcasts that are posted on our website and Facebook,” the email continued.

“We do several fishing series webcasts featuring biologists around the state providing a short synopsis on fish species in their perspective districts. Our March/April issue of the North Dakota OUTDOORS magazine, which is the special fishing issue also just came out and is available on our website at: gf.nd.gov or gf.nd.gov/magazine/2020/mar-apr . “

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