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Want to be a Game Warden? You’ve Got Your Chance on December 29 Want to be a Game Warden? You’ve Got Your Chance on December 29

By Doug Leier Leading off with, “It seems like yesterday,” is a pretty good qualifier to acknowledge I’m not a kid anymore. If you’d like to be a Game and Fish Warden, the next entrance exam takes place on December 29 in Bismarck Fact is, it’s been 20 years since I took... 

Put a Glow in Your Fishing Put a Glow in Your Fishing

by Bob Jensen Lure presentation is always an important part of fishing success.  Of course, you have to find them before you can catch them, but in open water or while ice-fishing, once you find the fish, you have to make them bite.  One way to make them bite more often, which I... 

FAQ About Proposed Changes To 2015 Deer License Regulations FAQ About Proposed Changes To 2015 Deer License Regulations

By Doug Leier Every fall, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meetings, which typically start the day after deer gun season ends, are a forum to talk deer hunting. Deer management in North Dakota will likely be a topic of interest at upcoming Game and Fish advisory... 

Trust Your Depth-Finder For More Ice Fishing Success Trust Your Depth-Finder For More Ice Fishing Success

By Bob Jensen  The pond froze over early this year, at least two weeks early. In most years, it would still be a month before ice comes to the small body of water that I see most days.  Although the ice isn’t safe yet, if the weather stays like it has been the past few days, we’ll... 

Our Outdoors with Nick Simonson

The Best Laid Plans The Best Laid Plans

By Nick Simonson   What was planned out to be a two week course in fly tying, jig making and lure crafting was extended into a month-long lesson in how to dodge the weather and cope... 

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Valley Outdoors with Doug Leier

Want to be a Game Warden? You’ve Got Your Chance on December 29 Want to be a Game Warden? You’ve Got Your Chance on December 29

By Doug Leier Leading off with, “It seems like yesterday,” is a pretty good qualifier to acknowledge I’m not a kid anymore. If you’d like to be a Game and Fish Warden, the next entrance exam... 

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2013 midwinter bald eagle survey 2013 midwinter bald eagle survey

Doug Leier Penning an outdoors column each week may seem daunting to some, but even with 52 opportunities in a given calendar year to generate topics and information to pass along, at times I actually wish I had more time and room. Here’s a few items of recent interest. North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists conducted the 2013 midwinter... 

Make Custom Crappie Jigs Make Custom Crappie Jigs

Our Outdoors – By Nick Simonson As winter blankets, and blankets, and blankets the region with snow, it is becoming more apparent that it will be a long season indeed. That’s not a bad thing if you need some time to get your tacklebox ready for one of open water’s early quarries – prespawn slab crappies! If you remember the excitement... 

Lindy Rigs – Everything You Need to Know Lindy Rigs – Everything You Need to Know

Lindy Fishing Tackle Lindy Rigging revolutionized live bait fishing in the 1960′s and is still one of the most popular and productive methods for taking walleyes throughout the country. Lindy Rigs can take panfish, walleyes, bass, northern pike, trout and any bottom feeding fish wherever they are–in natural lakes, man-made reservoirs, rivers... 

Fishing Rod Building Tips Fishing Rod Building Tips

By Taylor Fitterer Making your own custom fishing rods can be a fun experience. Each rod normally takes about 2-3 hours to manufacture, and the finish drying time can take from a few hours to a few days depending on the type of finish, temperature and humidity. We have learned through trial and error and I hope this will save you a few errors while...