VCSU is located in the beautiful Sheyenne River Valley, which is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. There are tremendous hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational opportunities within minutes of campus!
Hunting and Fishing
Nonresident full-time state college students living in North Dakota and attending a North Dakota institution of higher learning may qualify to purchase nonlottery resident licenses at resident costs! This is a great benefit for nonresident students wanting to hunt and fish while going to VCSU.
Valley City is located in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region, which often produces over 50% of North America’s ducks. As a result, we have some of the best waterfowl hunting in the country. You will find amazing opportunities to hunt ducks, geese, tundra swans, and sandhill cranes near Valley City.
There are lots of upland game hunting opportunities in the Valley City area. You will find sharp-tailed grouse, gray partridge, and wild turkey. Pheasants are abundant to the south of Valley City, and the season extends all the way until the first week of January.
The most common big game animal in the area is white-tailed deer, although we do have the occasional moose. Many students not only enjoy archery shooting, but also archery hunting for deer in the Valley City area.
Other game commonly pursued by students in the immediate area are mourning doves, rabbits, and squirrels. Fisheries and wildlife students often hunt and fish together, forming life-long friendships.
There are numerous opportunities for both summer and ice fishing in the Valley City area. The Sheyenne River runs through campus, and there are 2 low-head dams within a couple blocks of campus that concentrate fish. Students can easily walk from their dorm rooms to go fishing! Students catch northern pike, smallmouth bass, and walleye primarily in the Sheyenne. We also have multiple lakes within 30 minutes of Valley City. Listed are just a few lakes and what they are known for: