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Keep Boating Safety In Mind This Summer Keep Boating Safety In Mind This Summer

An early spring ice-out provided a jump start to the 2016 open-water season for North Dakota anglers. Then came a period of rather cool temperatures that slowed water warm-up and delayed other forms of water recreation. Now, however, Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of... 

Catch What’s Biting Catch What’s Biting

Make this fishing season the season you become a more versatile angler. Versatile anglers generally catch more fish. Versatile anglers are generally more willing to try new techniques and are also willing to chase different species of fish. They just want to get bit. We might really... 

Deadline Looming for North Dakota Deer License Applications Deadline Looming for North Dakota Deer License Applications

North Dakota’s 2016 deer gun season opens Nov. 4 at noon and as the saying goes, if you want to participate, you need a deer license, and if you want a license, you need to draw one in the lottery. The first step to drawing a license in the lottery is applying by June 1, the 2016... 

Open Water Fishing 2016 Open Water Fishing 2016

It’s pretty much official: the open water fishing season for 2016 is here. Minnesota walleye season opened this past weekend, Wisconsin was the week before, and northwest Iowa was the week before that. Most of the other states in the Midwest don’t have a closed walleye season,... 

Our Outdoors with Nick Simonson

Keep an Eye Out for Whooping Cranes Keep an Eye Out for Whooping Cranes

A few weeks ago my column explained the transition of documenting bald eagle “sightings” from when they were an endangered species, until now when they are no longer endangered. While... 

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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...