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A November to Remember, Local Politics and Hunters

Hunters in North Dakota circle the first Friday in November on their calendars every year, while politicians circle the second Tuesday of November – election day. For hunters, excitement for the...

 

RAWA Headed to Finish Line

The Biggest Wildlife Bill in 50 Years is Bipartisan. North Dakota Would be Better Off if it Passes. The warning signs are there for America's wildlife and if you listen close, you can hear the alarm...

 

Other Plans

I was going to write about a successful North Dakota spring turkey hunt. Hiking out into the badlands, the first camping trip of the year, and turkeys gobbling from their roost. I would have told you...

 

Saving the Prairie, Saving Ourselves

As winter slowly starts to melt into spring, hunters will take to the fields for turkey, farmers will start planting their crops, and ranchers will turn out their cattle on fresh grass. It's a cycle...

 

A Conservation Legacy in the Making

2022 marks the 85th anniversary of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, more commonly known as the Pittman-Robertson Act. For hunters and conservationists, this anniversary stands as a...

 

Access is Needed for R3 to Succeed

My uncle and I go pheasant hunting a couple times each year. We usually hunt over our labs in Montana and during the holidays in Minnesota. He has a couple catch phrases that will undoubtedly be said...

 

CWD: A Threat to Tradition

It starts with countless hours of scouting, days sitting in the stand or miles of boot leather burned. It is late nights and cold early mornings with family and friends. It is moments when, if...

 

Collisions, crossings, and corridors - Protecting wildlife movement

During hunting season here in North Dakota, it is critical for drivers to stay alert to avoid collisions. Every year tens of thousands of cars hit deer on North Dakota roads, a tragedy that takes...

 

The Womb of Time

I decided to slip out of work early Friday and hunt the opener. I knew that there would be a fair number of hunters who had the same idea, but I thought the little tract of PLOTS where I had hunted...

 

Crossing safely

On a recent road trip back from Denver, after exhausting all my podcast downloads and Spotify playlists, boredom struck, and in desperation to stay awake, I decided to count roadkill. I've always...

 

Pick it Up to Earn Your Hunt

We have all seen it, the empty beer can in the ditch, the plastic bag that tangled in a branch - anywhere humans go we tend to leave trash behind, including sportsmen and women. While we should all st...

 

2021 Legislative Recap: Bills affecting wildlife, habitat and access

The 2021 Legislature was a busy one for issues affecting wildlife, habitat and access for hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts. As we have in years past, the North Dakota Wildlife Federation...

 

Habitat: The Key to Your Hunting Season

Each year sportsmen and sportswomen look forward with anticipation to hunting season. Even in spring we wait with hope for the email from Game and Fish notifying that we were drawn for one of the "big...

 

North Dakota's Outdoor Heritage Fund: A Boon to ND Hunters & Anglers

North Dakota's Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) may be the best conservation tool in the state, yet if you stopped any hunter or angler at your favorite outdoor store, they would probably give you a blank...

 

Give big game a chance this winter

Winter is a challenging season for North Dakota's wildlife, with below zero temperatures, snowfall, and limited forage. People can help animals by leaving them undisturbed, so they have a better...

 

A Hunter's Guide to the Legislature

In every session of the North Dakota Legislature, numerous bills come forward that affect our public lands, waters, fish and wildlife resources. In addition, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department...

 

Leaving Lead Behind

Hunters and anglers are the primary funders of wildlife conservation through license fees and excise taxes on equipment like fishing tackle, guns, and ammunition. These taxes, resulting from the Pittm...

 

Successful Mentoring

My dad recently told me a story about his little brother who, on his first gun season in Southern Minnesota, was dropped off in a tree grove before sunrise, given a couple slugs for his shotgun, and...

 

The Ethical Hunter

Ethics refers to the study of how to determine the right or moral way to act when faced with everyday human predicaments. Hunting ethics are a set of moral standards that help us, as hunters, to make...

 

Meat in the Heat

Growing up hunting in Minnesota with my family, we’d avoid bowhunting for deer in September in fear of the occasional 80-degree day that could spoil meat quickly. It wasn’t until I moved out west...

 

Elk Preparation

While most of us have been more tuned in to big game hunting applications this spring or hitting the water for walleye, the recent stay-at-home order gave me a chance to organize some gear, too....

 

LWCF would bring post-COVID jobs & outdoor access

Numerous vulnerabilities in our economic and healthcare systems have come to light the last few months during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the crisis has also highlighted just how much Americans...

 

A Bird Would Be A Bonus

When the alarm went off, I had already been awake for 15 minutes.  I easily popped out of my bed in the back of my 4Runner and started layering up. I was off hiking with my pack and shotgun slung on...

 

Spring is a Time for Mentoring

Hunters and anglers are active and engaged outdoors people and spending time outside is why many of us live in North Dakota. Whether you like to hunt, fish, camp, hike, or any one of hundreds of...

 

Habitat and access drive the outdoor economy

Each year hunters and anglers wait with anticipation for North Dakota’s hunting seasons to open and the ice to clear the lakes for fishing. People from across the country dream of timing the...

 

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