Tell me about North Dakota


May 4, 2003, 12:10 AM
There is a possibility that I may be transferring to North Dakota, Fargo to be exact. How gun friendly is ND? How is the hunting? Any information would be appreciated.

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May 4, 2003, 12:18 AM
(pours another beer and leans back)

I love travellogs. :)

Gordy Wesen
May 4, 2003, 12:38 AM
Good thing you are close to MN. Driving throught ND is the closest thing to eternity you will experience on earth.
Its a rural environment and guns are tools. After living in Minot I'd say: get used to the wind...but it does die down in the afternoons. Prepare for ticks, bugs and rattlesnakes. The state tree is the telephone pole and the state bird is the mosquito.
Get used to winter snowmobile travel and sub-zero weather that will crack your vinal seats in a flash if you sit on 'em frozen. A friends gas turned to slush the winter I was there. Make sure you have an engine heater installed so you can plug your car in at night.
Hunting is good, deer, antelope and birds. My friend in Dickenson arrows an antelope every year and I'd tie into them at the first opportunity. Good eating. If you want to ski go to the Turtle Mountains north of Botteneau. Its worth the outing for a laugh.
It will be a good experience. It was for me.

carp killer
May 4, 2003, 11:14 AM
Very pro gun. AW, right to carry, full auto, ect. But it is uninhabitable in the winter. :what:

May 4, 2003, 11:52 AM
Isn't Minot located between Blue Lip & Brrrrr? :D

Wil Terry
May 4, 2003, 11:54 AM
for his ranch site for nothing.
It is vast rolling prairies, lots of wind to make shots interesting, and few people to get in the way and make a nuisance of themselves.
The winter is wonderful as it keeps the riff-raff out. If they can't cope with a job they can't cope with a Dakota winter.
Lots of good hunting in all the Dakota's.

May 4, 2003, 12:49 PM
I like ND. It's true that winter can be difficult, but with the right equipment and attitude it can be quite enjoyable. Just prepare for it and you'll be fine. Be prepared to change your plans to accomodate the weather. It's much better to sit out a storm at home rather than in a remote ditch somewhere!

ND is generally pro-gun, although Fargo is home to a small liberal movement and they occasionally make some silly remarks.:rolleyes:

Here are some links to get you started:

DiscoverND web site ( summary page for ND (
ND Attorney General concealed weapon site (

ND Game and Fish site (
North Dakota Outdoors (
ATV trailriding (

Good Luck!

May 4, 2003, 06:50 PM
So Bill Gates is sending you to Fargo, huh John? I saw that Willie is going, too.


I'll see you sometime next month.

May 4, 2003, 07:02 PM
Good hell it sucks there.

May 4, 2003, 07:03 PM
Good hell it sucks there. The worst year of my life was spent driving across that wasteland( 10 hours).

Jim March
May 4, 2003, 07:17 PM
From what I've heard about the winters...

May 4, 2003, 07:36 PM
Well, the scuba diving ain't all that great.

May 4, 2003, 07:44 PM
I work with several transplated Nodaks, they all swear it's a great place to live in spite of the long winters.
They haven't left Kansas in 20 years so that should also mean something. :scrutiny:

May 4, 2003, 08:41 PM
Cold. Flat. Windy.

I spent 18 months in Minot (by choice!) and I think that was about 14 months too long. Summers are nice, far better than the blistering Arizona desert summers. At least you don't have to shovel heat though... :p

Standing Wolf
May 4, 2003, 09:00 PM
Driving throught ND is the closest thing to eternity you will experience on earth.

Baloney! Driving across all 738 miles of Montana is a lot harder on the mind and back side than North Dakota. I once drove straight through from Minneapolis, Minnesnowta to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. There's a whole lot of flat in there, but the hard part was Montana: there weren't even any oncoming headlight to distract the eyes. On the proverbial "bright side," there wasn't a posted speed limit in Montana; on the proverbial "dark side," I was driving a Mitsubishi that topped out at 100 miles per hour.

Gordy Wesen
May 4, 2003, 09:35 PM
Crossing the border from ND to MT is like a breath of fresh air. The scenery begins to change and keeps on changing in its own way all the way through the State...whether you cross on HWY 2 or 90. It is nectar for the soul.
MT was the only State Lewis and Clark deliberately went back to explore on the return trip. The absence of people on the roads is a pleasure that adds to the experience. The good old days before it was Californicated the speed limit was "reasonable and prudent" and the muscle cars of that day cruised safely at 120+mph. I know because I made it from Billings to NYC in 23 1/2 hours with 3 friends driving home for the Christmas break.
The Only problem with the State is, you can't eat the scenery.

May 4, 2003, 11:36 PM
ND is generally pro-gun, although Fargo is home to a small liberal movement and they occasionally make some silly remarks.

Fargo is ghetto.

We don't have much for indoor shooting ranges in the state, but Grand Forks has one.

May 4, 2003, 11:58 PM
I won't name names... but someone here says the summers in ND are as hot and humid as South Florida.

May 5, 2003, 12:15 AM
They can be....

We already hit 93 once about a month ago.

May 5, 2003, 12:20 AM
haven't spent enough time in nd to comment, but live in sd, and the summers here are indeed as hot as anywhere else. humidity isn't quite as bad as what i've experienced in some places, but it can be plenty humid.

May 5, 2003, 12:29 AM
Come on! Just because you can throw a scalding cup of coffee in the air and watch it turn to ice is no reason to disparage ND. 30 below with a wind chill really catches the attention of most folks.:D

May 5, 2003, 09:26 AM
One thing about carry permits in North Dakota:

They're relatively simple to acquire, but there are so many restrictions that it seems you can't carry a sidearm anywhere you're likely to need it. The list of prohibitions seems endless.


Country Boy
May 5, 2003, 11:50 AM
You guys are really gonna scare poor thumbtack! I lived in ND until a few years ago, but go to Fargo on a regular basis.

I like Fargo, it has a lot going for it. It's one of the few towns in ND that is growing, and it is growing by leaps and bounds. You may want to check out the city of Fargo website. ( There are three colleges in the Fargo/Moorhead area, North Dakota State University (, Minnesota State University - Moorhead (, and Concordia College ( The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre offers classic plays, productions written by local authors and more. Art enthusiasts can visit the Plains Art Museum. If music is more your style, try one of the special events offered by The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. In the summer, sports fans can enjoy a of baseball when the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks take the field. Football, wrestling and several other sports are part
of the athletics program at North Dakota State University.

I like Fargo. Don't let them scare you about the drive across ND. If you don't have to do it, you don't have to worry about it. Yes, it gets cold. Yes, it gets hot. That's why people invented heaters and air conditioners! It's a pro-gun state, and the concealed weapon info is in an link above.

e-mail me if you want more info.

May 5, 2003, 12:45 PM
I can tell you a whole lotta nuthin' about North Dakota!

You like flat? North Dakota's for you. :p

Really, as a previous poster stated, the eastern half of Montana is heavenly beautiful land comapred to the bulk of North Dakota.

Friend that grew up in Montana swears that Fargo is basically the pit of the region. Couldn't exactyly tell that for myself but then, I only got gas there. Might have slept for a few hours.

May 5, 2003, 02:49 PM
Cold. Windy. And you only hunt pheasant so many days a year.

As my granpa used to say (and he was from that part of the world), "nothing but moose farts between you and the North Pole".

May 5, 2003, 03:16 PM
North Dakota? Is that in the United States?:neener:

It will take some getting used to, sounds like Canada, looks like a trailer park.;) :D

May 5, 2003, 03:31 PM
The sign at the MAFB gate says: Only the best come North and those who are there say Only the fools stay
I loved it there as best fishing and hunting anywhere. You must like Northern pike and perch and ducks though. Remember one time I had to pour wine into my fish hole on the Souris River to keep my bobber from freezing in.
Great memories and hope to go back for a quick tour:D

Gordy Wesen
May 5, 2003, 10:03 PM
Good Lord boy, do you own all them guns?

May 17, 2003, 07:47 AM
Regarding the discussion earlier claiming ND was as warm as South Florida in the summer, I would like to point out the following:

Current temp in Fargo: 58 degrees, expected high today of 72.

Current temp in Orlando 76 degrees, expected high of 92.

May 17, 2003, 09:17 AM
Mmmmmm.....North Dakota. Only place I've been that goes from 100 below to over 100 above in 2 seasons. Awww..come on, anyone who's been there knows that spring and fall only last a week.....combined! :D

Minot, where when the temps are at freezing, people are out in shorts and t-shirts, washing their cars. The thermometer may say 32, but it feels like 60+ after your blood's thinned out enough. :cool:

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