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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...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Dec. 7, 2020

If you’ve never tried ice fishing before this pandemic impacted year, with all the cancellations of activities and events, now might be the time to pick up a new hobby or renew an old winter...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Nov. 23, 2020

I grew up in an era when wild game cooking involved a can of cream of mushroom soup and a roaster. The wild game – grouse, duck, partridge or a rare pheasant – was simmering beneath the greyish...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Nov. 16, 2020

North Dakota had its first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in deer detected in 2009. Since then, CWD has become a familiar term to most North Dakota deer hunters. Dr. Charlie Bahnson, North...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Nov. 2, 2020

The 2020 North Dakota deer season opens Nov. 6 at 12-noon Central time and runs through Sunday Nov. 22. Legal shooting hours after opening day are a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunse...

 

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Most hunters, and nonhunters for that matter, are shocked, surprised and maybe a little bewildered, when they learn that just 35 game wardens safeguard North Dakota's vast hunting and fishing...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Oct. 12, 2020

I was paging through old photographs at Mom and Dad’s earlier this fall, looking for a 1980s picture of my Dad, his friend, Robert, and myself after a pheasant hunt in LaMoure County. We each held a...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Oct. 5, 2020

While 2020 has been an unusual year, to say the least, there is some good news in the outdoors as many of North Dakota's bird and big game populations are on the rise. Deer Game and Fish made...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Sept. 28, 2020

If you are a landowner in North Dakota wanting hunters to help trim coyote or Canada goose numbers, law allows hunting and access without permission if the land is not posted. Conversely, if a landown...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Sept. 21, 2020

Hunters often keep their eyes and ears open this time of year for reports on the fall flight forecast of ducks from North Dakota (up 9% from 2019) and late summer pheasant brood counts (better than la...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: Sept. 14, 2020

While there’s plenty of chatter about bowhunting, chasing upland game and planning for waterfowl and pheasant openers, there’s a few topics that don’t specifically pertain to any specific huntin...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: August 31, 2020

I grew up listening to Casey Kasem’s Weekly Top 40 music countdown. It was a different era where musical success wasn’t measured by downloads and clicks. Even to this day I can’t say I really un...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: August 24, 2020

When you consider North Dakota’s storied hunting heritage and the reality that about 93% of the land in the state is privately owned, it’s no wonder landowner-hunter relations have long been a...

 

North Dakota Outdoors: 2020 Early Goose Season

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

 
 By Doug Leier    Recreation    July 27, 2020

North Dakota Outdoors: July 27, 2020

While my college transcript might indicate otherwise, I've always enjoyed statistics. That's about the most positive spin I can put on my appreciation for numbers while giving credit to the confusion...

 
 By Doug Leier    Recreation    July 13, 2020

North Dakota Outdoors: Fish regulations

Fisheries managers often hear from anglers who fish in, say, Minnesota and elsewhere, and wonder why specific regulations are applied in those states, but not North Dakota. One of the more frequent...

 
 By Doug Leier    Recreation    June 15, 2020

North Dakota Outdoors: June 15, 2020

Readers of this column know I love wildlife as much as anyone. In person, on the phone and via email I've connected with many compassionate people regarding situations with young wildlife, and I...

 

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