Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 37

Dakota Digest PLOTS Guide Available Online The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2016 is available online at the Department’s website, gf.nd. gov, and also at most vendors throughout the state. The guide features about 730,000 PLOTS acres. Because the guide is printed in mid-August, some PLOTS tracts highlighted in the guide may have been removed from the program since the time of printing. There will also be some PLOTS tracts where habitat and condition of the tract will have changed significantly. Conversely, Game and Fish may have added new tracts to the program after the guide went to press. To minimize possible confusion, Game and Fish will update PLOTS map sheets weekly on its website. The PLOTS Guide features maps highlighting these walk-in areas, identified in the field by inverted triangular yellow signs, as well as other public lands. The guides are free, but not available to mail. Sign up for SD HuntSAFE Class South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is taking registration for HuntSAFE classes, held statewide throughout the year. Registration for most classes is available online at gfp. sd.gov/hunt-ed. Walk-ins are accepted if space is available, but pre-registration is recommended and required for most classes. An independent study class is also available. The independent study course allows students to complete the coursework online, at their own pace, and then attend a 4-6 hour field day. Not all cities offer this option, but those that do are listed on our website.” Classes is designed for persons age 12 through 15. If a student's 12th birthday falls on or between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, he/she may be issued a card and is eligible to obtain a license and hunt beginning Sept. 1 of that year. Adults are welcome and invited to attend with their student or take the course on their own, as many states require certification for adults as well. For more info, visit gfp. sd.gov/outdoor-learning/ hunter-education or call 605.223.7700. Hunters Advised to Check Water Conditions The North Dakota Game and Fish Department advises hunters to be cautious with their dogs around water due to potential health hazards associated with blue-green algae. Late summer and early fall offer prime conditions for blue-green algae growth in many state waters. Ingestion by a hunting dog while perhaps retrieving a bird or just practicing retrieving can lead to severe illness and potential death. Potentially toxic algae blooms occur under conditions of hot, dry weather. Water or wind movements often concentrate the blue-green algae. The threat diminishes once the weather turns colder. Hunting dogs shouldn’t drink or swim in discolored water or where algae blooms are apparent. If dogs retrieve in these conditions, they should be rinsed off immediately and shouldn’t be allowed to lick their coat. For additional info, contact the Animal Health Division, ND Department of Agriculture, at 701-328-2655 or a local veterinarian. Friendly Service! Country Kettle FAMILY RESTAURANT • Full Menu • Take Out Orders • Free Fill on Coffee Thermos • Monday’s German Buffet Starts at 4:30pm • Sunday Noon Buffet 10:30 to 2pm Daily Breakfast Lunch & Dinner Specials! (701) 873-CAFE (2233) Downtown Beulah, North Dakota www.dakotacountrymagazine.com Dakota Country, October 2016, Page 37