Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 87

before final policies were in place. On any given year, another refuge is open for another hunting or fishing opportunity, like South Dakota’s Lake Andes NWR opening for fishing earlier in 2016. In North Dakota, those blue “National Wildlife Refuge” signs with the underlying words “Authorized purpose only” could mean hunting opportunities if they’re on one of the major fee title refuges across the state. Refuges likes Upper Souris NWR northwest of Minot have been open for upland game bird hunting for years, described Upper Souris refuge manager Tom Pabian. It all comes down to compatibility and a particular refuge’s mission. Most North Dakota refuges were established in the 1930s as migratory bird nesting and resting areas. It was a depressing era of drought, despair, and minimal water. Something needed to be done and refuges served as one of the tools helping restore waterfowl and habitat. And still do today. Audubon NWR, however, was established as a mitigation refuge when Garrison Dam was constructed and Lake Sakakawea engulfed a massive chunk of the Missouri River. Devils Lake, ND Fireside Inn & Suites • Heated Indoor Pool/Hot Tub • Free Continental Breakfast • Meeting Rooms/Pool Parties • Hospitality room, Mon-Fri 5-8 p.m. with 2 FREE drinks/appetizers • Free Wifi/HBO (701) 662-6760 (701) 662-8440 fax “We’re not cookie cutter refuges,” Pabian explained, even though most in North Dakota focus on waterfowl production and migration. While they may share similar missions, refuges vary in size, shape, habitat, and wetlands. For example, Pabian said, Upper Souris is long and narrow with much of the refuge beneath Lake Darling. Portions of the refuge open with North Dakota’s September partridge and grouse seasons, while other areas of the refuge open for upland birds the - Gun & Reel Sports! - 115 1st Street West Jamestown, ND (701) 252-2850 1-800-427-2850 www.GunandReelSports.com Since 1953! Firearms - Optics - Ammo - Clothing - Gear Equipment - Footwear & More! www.dakotacountrymagazine.com Dakota Country, October 2016, Page 87