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Fish for Fish That Want to Eat Fish for Fish That Want to Eat

by Bob Jensen  When anglers go fishing, they want to catch a fish.  In fact, they want to catch lots of fish.  While you’re not always going to catch lots of fish, there are some things that anglers can do to increase their odds of getting bit.  Finding the biters is a big part... 

2014 Sage Grouse Hunting Season Called Off 2014 Sage Grouse Hunting Season Called Off

By Doug Leier North Dakota won’t have a sage grouse hunting season in 2014. That news probably doesn’t surprise anyone who pays attention to the state’s outdoor world. Sage grouse management in North Dakota follows a specific plan developed by a diverse group of participants Sage... 

8 Tips for a Successful Launch and Load 8 Tips for a Successful Launch and Load

By Doug Leier I’ve always found it interesting how some skills in life stay with us no matter how many years of rust we allow to accumulate. Things like riding a bike or driving a manual transmission vehicle, or perhaps water skiing, tying a hook on a line or filleting a fish, are... 

Mid-Summer Largemouth Bass Mid-Summer Largemouth Bass

by Bob Jensen In the Midwest, the walleye is the favorite fish of many anglers, and for good reason.  They are abundant in many waters, they are susceptible to a wide variety of presentations, and they taste great on the table.  But as good as the walleye fishing can be in the Midwest,... 

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

Fall Proghorn Season is On in North Dakota Fall Proghorn Season is On in North Dakota

by Doug Leier I cross-reference many outdoor signature dates with kids and sports. For whatever reason, my mind keeps sports milestones less convoluted than birthdays and anniversaries. The good... 

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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...