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Outdoors notebook: N.D. has two new record fish

BISMARCK -- North Dakota has two new record fish. Chris Vernon, of Bismarck, reeled in a 10-pound, 1-ounce cutthroat trout from the Garrison tailrace earlier this month, the state Game and Fish Department said. That broke the previous record of 8...

BISMARCK -- North Dakota has two new record fish.

Chris Vernon, of Bismarck, reeled in a 10-pound, 1-ounce cutthroat trout from the Garrison tailrace earlier this month, the state Game and Fish Department said. That broke the previous record of 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

Austin Loberg, 8, of Thompson, caught a 31-pound carp in the Sheyenne River near West Fargo. That beat the previous record of 25 pounds, 6 ounces.

Loberg caught his fish in May but did not realize it was a record until recently.

Wildlife group wants to buy land

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BISMARCK -- The American Foundation for Wildlife wants to buy about 389 acres of privately owned McKenzie County land.

The group says it wants to restore and preserve wetlands and wildlife habitat, and preserve the scenic value of the area at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. Ownership of the land would eventually be turned over to the state Game and Fish Department.

Gov. John Hoeven has the final say on the purchase of private property by nonprofit groups.

The McKenzie County Commission and the state Natural Areas Acquisition Advisory Committee plan a joint public hearing on Aug. 27, in Cartwright. Those two groups will make recommendations on the proposal.

State park plans deer hunt

PICK CITY, N.D. -- Lake Sakakawea State Park plans to once again offer hunters in wheelchairs the opportunity to bag a deer.

The special hunt is set for Nov. 15-16. Park manager John Tunge said it will be limited to five hunters.

The special hunt for the disabled was first offered last fall. The park is closed to all other hunting.

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