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Our Outdoors: Scout Out the Drought

Early last fall, as I rolled up over the hill with my buddy behind me, closing out the two-truck caravan in our grouse hunt, I was a bit dismayed to see the stretch of public-access grass from yellow...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: August 2, 2021

Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Advisories – Alkali, Antelope, Buffalo, Buffalo Lodge, Coal Mine, and Frettim lakes, South Hoffer, and Jamestown and...

 
 By Doug Leier    Recreation    August 2, 2021 

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...

 

Southeast ND Deer Stable at Midsummer

With a mild winter, dry spring and a warm summer, whitetail deer populations in southeastern North Dakota are doing well. More than that, according to Jason Smith, Big Game Biologist with the North...

 

Low Water Fishing Tips

The continued drought and dry conditions have lowered flows from western North Dakota to eastern Minnesota during this long, hot summer. Since early spring, I've walked the shores of a number of...

 

Our Outdoors: On Edge

The haze of a hundred wildfires dimmed the light of the mid-July sun overhead, on the afternoon fishing trip, as I drifted along the breaks of a favorite rocky lake. The orb’s all-day orange glow...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: July 26, 2021

Outdoor notes: *Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Lakes with advisories include Alkali, Antelope, Buffalo, Buffalo Lodge, Coal Mine, Frettim, and Spiritwood lakes, Jamestown...

 
 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....

 

North Dakota Game and Fish Department News

Devils Lake Kids Fishing Camp Aug. 8-12 The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is a co-sponsor for the annual Kids Fishing Camp at Devils Lake on Aug. 8-12. Hosted by the Devils Lake Park Board at Lakewood Bible Camp, the camp is open to all...

 

Kellen's Call: Hooked Up in VanHook

These past two weeks have been packed for me, I had two open days from work and guiding, spending them on the water at lake with family. It felt kind of weird with no fishing rod in hand. I've had...

 

The Muskie Minute: Warm Water Muskie Moves

Warming midsummer water temperatures have the majority of muskies transitioning from open water basins to weed covered structure in Minnesota's west central lakes country. All our local lakes have...

 

Six Tips for The Beginning Hunter

A big part of my job is encouraging folks to participate in outdoor recreation, particularly hunting. Whether that's hunting for the first time, continuing the enjoyment of time spent afield, or...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: July 19, 2021

Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae advisories for Jamestown Reservoir and Antelope, Buffalo, and Coal Mine lakes. *Do not release any fish caught from water 25 feet...

 

Turning Twenty

It was 20 years ago this summer that I took a job in between college and law school as a part-time reporter for my hometown newspaper, the Valley City Times-Record. In fact, it's a publication for...

 

The Peluso Report: Say Remains Strong

We have had some changes in weather here in North Dakota and a cold front that also brought in much needed moisture. So, what did this do to the fishing this week? Except for a few slower moments,...

 

Bullinger Brothers Represent ND at High School Fishing Nationals

It was a long trip to Lake Hartwell near Anderson, S.C. for brothers Brandon and Logan Bullinger of Century High School in Bismarck, N.D., but the time and effort put in competitively fishing bass in...

 

Our Outdoors: Clear Fun

The rising sun heated the morning air like a fuse on the fireworks launched the night before, and as it came up over the slightly rippled waters of the northern lake on Independence Day, the fishing...

 
 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...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: July 12, 2021

Outdoor notes: *July 14: Leftover deer gun license application deadline. Go to the N.D. Game and Fish Dept. website, (gf.nd.gov) for details and application. *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality...

 

The Peluso Report: Hot as a Firecracker

The fishing right now is just as hot as the temperatures! Some things have changed a little, and some things have stayed the same. Lake Sakakawea is unreal right now! Tons of fish are being caught in...

 

Lining Things Up

The first thing I look at when inspecting a young angler's reel is the type of line coming off of the spool. Over the holiday, I had the opportunity to connect with my wife's cousin's kids and...

 

Old and New for Summertime Crappies

There are many options when it comes to catching crappies, most involving a small minnow. Whether under a slip float or on a jig, live bait is king when summer slabs are feeding, but on some lakes,...

 

Our Outdoors: It's Okay to Think About Hunting

I can’t help it. My mindset has already shifted toward hunting, despite only being one week removed from the summer solstice, the July 4 holiday not here yet, and there being nearly three full...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    July 5, 2021

Peluso Report: Fishing on Sakakawea and Devils Lake

Well, I’m pretty sure I completely jinxed myself with my last report talking about my boat puller “Old Blue.” Unfortunately, Old Blue is no longer with us today and I’m looking for a replacement. Thank goodness my dad letting me borrow his...

 

Dakota Recreation Report: July 5, 2021

Outdoor notes: *Fireworks not allowed on N.D. Game and Fish Dept. Wildlife Mgmt. Areas or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges or Waterfowl Production Areas. *Check local fire...

 

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