Game & Fish News: New Buffalo Record Set by Bow Fisherman

New Buffalo Record Set by Bow Fisherman

For the second time in less than three weeks, a North Dakota bow fisherman has set a new state record.

Derek Larson, Mandan, arrowed a new record buffalo on May 5 to follow up a new record common carp taken by Derek Barnick of Tappen on April 21.

Larson’s buffalo, pulled in from Heart Butte Reservoir on May 5, weighed a hefty 57 pounds 8 ounces and measured 45 inches. It broke the previous buffalo record of 54 pounds even, taken in the Heart River in 2011 by Keith Huschka of Dickinson.

Buffalo are a native fish sometimes confused with the nonnative and invasive common carp. State Game and Fish Department records indicate that Larson’s fish is the largest ever weighed in the state that was not a paddlefish or pallid sturgeon.

Summer Workshop Schedule for Educators

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has set its summer schedule of conservation workshops for educators.

Visual Arts Approach to Teaching Life Science – June 6-7, Bismarck. Participants will experiment with clay, water, pastel and colored pencil, while emphasizing North Dakota resources, environment and wildlife. Register by calling David Richter at 701-609-5681, or email

National Archery in the Schools and Fly Fishing in the Schools – June 14-15, Bismarck. Workshop participants are provided the fundamentals to teach archery in grades 4-12 and fly fishing to middle and high school students. Register by calling Jeff Long at 701-328-6322, or email

Habitats, Project Learning Tree and Project WET of North Dakota – June 27-28, Devils Lake. This is an environmental education workshop involving the Game and Fish Department’s Habitats program, Project Learning Tree used by the North Dakota Forest Service, and Project WET supported by the North Dakota Water Commission. Register by calling Erin Lacina at 701-662-7650, or email

Wildlife of North Dakota – August 8-9, Dickinson. Workshop participants with examine different animal species. Register by calling Joanne Fields at 701-483-2787 or 701-483-2728, or email

University graduate credit is available for all workshops.

Leave Baby Animals Alone, Watch for Deer

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department emphasizes a simple message to well-intentioned humans who want to pick up and rescue what appear to be orphaned baby animals this time of year – don’t touch them. Whether it is a young fawn, duckling, cottontail rabbit or a songbird, it is better to just leave them alone.

More often than not young animals are not abandoned or deserted, and the mother is probably watching nearby. Young wildlife are purposely placed into seclusion by their mothers to protect them from predators.

Anytime a young wild animal has human contact its chance for survival decreases significantly. It’s illegal to take wild animals home, and captive animals later returned to the wild will struggle to survive because they do not possess learned survival skills.

The only time a baby animal should be picked up is if it is in an unnatural situation, such as a young songbird found on a doorstep. In that case, the young bird could be moved to the closest suitable habitat.

Citizens should also steer clear of adult wildlife, such as deer or moose that might wander into urban areas. Crowding stresses animals, and this could lead to a potentially dangerous situation.

In addition, motorists are reminded to watch for deer along roadways. June is one of the peak months for deer‑vehicle accidents because young animals are dispersing from their home ranges. With deer more active during these months, the potential for car‑deer collisions increases.

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