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Dakota Recreation Report: May 16, 2022

Outdoor notes: *Paddlefish snagging season closed but remains open for snag-and-release. Go to the Game & Fish website, (gf.nd.gov) for snagging regulations. *Deer gun and muzzleloader applications no...

 

North Dakota Game & Fish News: May 16, 2022

Deer season set, apply online North Dakota’s 2022 deer season is set, with 64,200 licenses available to hunters, down 8,000 from last year. In total, any-antlered licenses decreased by 150 from last year, any-antlerless by 350, antlered whitetail...

 
 By Nick Simonson    Recreation    May 16, 2022 

Our Outdoors: Here Comes the Sun(glasses)

It's been a long mix of chilly winter and underwhelming spring. Cold temperatures, snow, rain and general nastiness extending into May have built up a longing for the warmth of the later stretch of th...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    May 16, 2022 

The Peluso Report: Fast Forwarding

It is hard to believe the Big Muddy walleye tournament has come and gone already on the Missouri River this spring, but that's probably because we never really had a spring. Lots of major weather even...

 
 By Nick Simonson    Recreation    May 16, 2022 

As Red River Drops, Catfishing to Pick Up

With the drought of 2021 in the rearview mirror for the Red River valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, following significant spring snows and ample April rains, the challenging...

 

Our Outdoors: Gotta Catch 'Em All

On the Pokemon cartoon series, there's a character named Goh, whose ambition is simply to encounter and capture every single type of fighting creature in the Pokemon universe. From the grub-like...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: May 9, 2022

Outdoor notes: *May 15: Spring turkey season and light goose conservation order close. Tournaments: *May 21: Devils Lake, Creel Bay. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, May 3: 1,448.9 feet above mean sea...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    May 9, 2022

The Peluso Report: The Big Muddy

It's the week of the Big Muddy walleye tournament, which is always the pinnacle of the spring here on the Missouri River near Bismarck. It means a couple things to me. First off, I wasn't allowed to...

 

Spring Programs Highlight Variety of Fishing Options

In an effort to provide anglers with more to fish for in North Dakota and encourage the use of expanding and varied fisheries resources, the North Dakota Game & Fish Department (NDG&F) has launche...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: May 2, 2022

Outdoor notes: *May 2: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. public advisory meeting, Farmer’s Union Bldg., 1415 12th Ave SE, Jamestown, 7 p.m. *May 15: Spring turkey and light goose conservation order close....

 

Our Outdoors: Great debates

In the outdoors, there are always points of contention among anglers, hunters and just about anyone else with an opinion on anything that swims, flies, or falls for a lure or decoy. I'm not talking...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    May 2, 2022

The Peluso Report: Remember to Forget

It's been a spring to remember on the Missouri River in the sense that it'll be tough to forget, no matter how much I might want to. Thinking back, I can only recall two days so far this season, since...

 

The Texas Rig

When spring eventually arrives, and it will, the time for big bass will be upon us. Whether it's largemouth staking out the dark-bottomed shallows of a backwater bay for their ideal spawning site, or...

 

'Can't wait to get back to Devils Lake'

Whether having fished Devils Lake once or for 18 years, guide clients tell the same story, "We can't wait to get back." This north-central North Dakota lake has morphed over the past 30 years from...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: April 25, 2022

Outdoor notes: *People are asked to report any dead birds and abnormal behavior in migrating birds, especially waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors, to the N.D. Game and Fish Dept. on their wildlife...

 

Our Outdoors: It's terminal

In the process of fishing, I’ve seen a good deal and done a lot of it. I’ve read a ton, watched some more, and through trial-and-error learned quite a bit, but most days it feels like it’s...

 

North Dakota Game and Fish Department News: April 25, 2022

Deer gratis application online Landowners interested in a 2022 deer gratis license must apply online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The deadline for applying is June 8. General deer and muzzleloader lottery...

 

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...

 

The Peluso Report: Mud Watch

So, we dug out of this late spring snow here in Bismarck. We got anywhere from 18 to 20 inches of snow, but to the north and west of the Missouri River, they received a lot more. Now, as I wake up...

 

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...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: April 18, 2022

Outdoor notes: *People are asked to report any dead birds and abnormal behavior in migrating birds, especially waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors, to the N.D. Game and Fish Dept. on their wildlife...

 

Our Outdoors: Hard Work

There's chilly, and then there's spring fishing on the Missouri River chilly. No matter how I've fished it in the past couple of years, that stretch in March and April when the walleyes start to move...

 

The Peluso Report: What's Next

If you are watching the weather closely, it is looking like we may have a major setback to fishing on the Missouri River starting this Tuesday. Reports are early, but Bismarck seems to be in the...

 

The History & Impact of NDBA

Way back in 1952, in the back room of a small café, a few dedicated archers wanted to get an archery deer season established in North Dakota. The first goal that these want-to-be-bowhunters needed to...

 

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