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North Dakota Outdoors: April 25, 2022

May conjures up images of the first meadowlark on the prairie, stray migrating snow geese and spring turkey season wrapping up. We’ll also likely spot the first brood of Canada geese and find a few...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: March 28, 2022

Many people are a little surprised and often enlightened when they visit with a North Dakota game warden and learn more about the people behind the badge. A hunter may not realize the time and...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: March 21, 2022

It’s hard to believe that the first spring light goose conservation order in North Dakota arrived more than 20 some years ago when I was working as a game warden. Time flies. The purpose then ...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Nov. 22, 2021

My neighbor taught me another new word. Locavore. I wasn’t sure if it was in Websters, or if it was slang. But, the meaning hit home. There’s a growing interest in fishing, hunting or even...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Nov. 15, 2021

When it comes to deer season questions and answers, the best advice I can give is if you don’t know, ask. The best person to ask a specific question on rules and regulations is the game warden in th...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Sept. 13, 2021

Hunters can play an important role this fall across the tinder-dry landscape. First and foremost, consider this advice: If you see something you think needs to be reported, pick up the phone and call....

 

North Dakota Outdoors: August 30, 2021

The North Dakota legislature in 2021 passed a bill to allow electronic posting of private land, giving landowners another option for posting private property. It’s another option. If landowners woul...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: August 23, 2021

August is no longer just about winding down the fishing season, and planning and preparing for upcoming hunting seasons. While North Dakota has long had a crow season that got its start in...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: August 16, 2021

Sipping coffee early in the morning and talking fishing is about as close as it gets to enjoying fishing without wetting a line. Truth is, I spend more time talking about fishing than actually...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Aug. 9, 2021

Hints of North Dakota’s fall duck and pheasant populations were revealed in spring. For starters, the pheasant population index was about the same as last year, according to the state Game and Fish...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: August 2, 2021

Food waste is a hot topic, with an effort to raise awareness of the changing mindset from allowing food to rot, spoil, or in some cases, even just taking more than you need or will eat. For many here...

 
 By Doug Leier    Recreation    July 26, 2021

North Dakota Outdoors: July 26, 2021

Every other year in North Dakota, elected officials gather at the state capital to propose, review, debate, and ultimately vote on legislation that will set the course for the state and its citizens....

 
 By Doug Leier    Recreation    July 12, 2021

North Dakota Outdoors: July 12, 2021

From the end of spring goose and turkey seasons until the mid-August early Canada goose opener, North Dakotans find themselves in a stretch of about three months with no gamebird season open. While...

 
 By Doug Leier    Recreation    June 21, 2021

North Dakota Outdoors: June 21, 2021

One of the most widely discussed topics and legislative issues this year is commonly referred to as “electronic posting.” In short, the 2021 state legislature passed a bill to allow electronic...

 
 By Doug Leier    Recreation    June 7, 2021

North Dakota Outdoors: June 7, 2021

I'll never be mistaken for a master gardener, and that’s OK. Beyond borrowing the neighbor’s tiller and breaking up the ground each spring, I lose interest in the garden even before the first...

 
 By Doug Leier    Recreation    May 31, 2021

North Dakota Outdoors: May 31, 2021

This is the time of year when North Dakota Game and Fish Department game wardens, biologists and other staff across the state handle an influx of calls about young animals. From seemingly abandoned...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: April 26, 2021

The 2020 closing of the paddlefish take season (a limited catch and release was offered), was one of the few outdoors cancellations I recall over the past year. Game and Fish Fisheries Chief Greg...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: April 12, 2021

The challenges of the past year have impacted all jobs and North Dakota game wardens were no different. In a similar way to how virtual conferences and online shopping were suddenly more popular than...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: March 29, 2021

If you drew a spring turkey license and haven’t received the tag in the mail yet, it could be because you haven’t purchased a new general game and habitat license, or combination license, for the...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: March 22, 2021

One of the nationwide hunting and fishing agency priorities is referred to as R3. Recruiting new participants; retaining the current participants; and reactivating past hunters and anglers who have...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: January 25, 2021

We need to point out a few important news items this winter that won’t help you catch more fish through the ice, but are important, nonetheless. Agencies Partner to Help Landowners with CRP Offers...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: January 18, 2021

Wildlife management and biology – science as a discipline – is a function of learning through time, research and analysis. Really not much different than life where we better understand, with a...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: January 11, 2021

The holiday season is crazy, especially during a pandemic, so I'm guessing a few worthy news and notes from the outdoors may have slipped by. Here's a few I think even non-hunters and anglers may find...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Dec. 28, 2020

Here's some ice fishing insight for North Dakota this winter from Greg Power, fisheries division chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Q: In terms of fishing activity, how much particip...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Dec. 14, 2020

Have you ever tried darkhouse spearfishing in North Dakota? If not, there's a first time for everything? As we've seen since last March when the pandemic began cancelling, rescheduling and turning...

 

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