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North Dakota Pronghorn Numbers on the Rise North Dakota Pronghorn Numbers on the Rise

Most North Dakotans can relate to the trials and tribulations of how fragile it is to grow a crop of any kind in the extremes of the Midwest. And it doesn’t matter whether the crop is thousands of acres of wheat or a few square feet of backyard tomatoes. It’s not much different... 

Troll Fast For More Fish Troll Fast For More Fish

It’s summer. The water is warm, there are lots of baitfish in the water, there are lots of people fishing, and there are lots of fish that are looking for something to eat, and fish that want to eat are easier to catch. Trolling is a great way to present a bait, and you might be... 

Spring Survey Info Announced for Pheasants and Sharp-Tailed Grouse Spring Survey Info Announced for Pheasants and Sharp-Tailed Grouse

In July most people are still associating the outdoors with fishing, boating or camping, but it’s also a time when talk of hunting starts working its way into conversations. And that seems only logical, considering the early Canada goose season, the first major 2016 “fall” hunting... 

Catch What Wants To Be Caught Catch What Wants To Be Caught

It’s mid-summer and that means that fishing can be good. Some days are better than others, just like at any other time of year. There are a number of things we can do to increase our catching success at this time of year, but perhaps the most important thing we can do is to be flexible... 

Our Outdoors with Nick Simonson

Be Courteous in Public Outdoor Areas This Summer Be Courteous in Public Outdoor Areas This Summer

Most people who enjoy the outdoors realize the level of enjoyment and satisfaction provided by not simply just getting away from it all or peace and quiet, but the smell or nature and... 

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Valley Outdoors with Doug Leier

Shorefishing is a Surefire Good Time Shorefishing is a Surefire Good Time

Greg Power is the Fisheries Division Chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, so when he speaks of fish or fishing, I stop and listen. A boat isn’t required for someone to catch fish The... 

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From the Hunting & Fishing Article Archives

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...