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What You Need To Know Before Bow Hunting Season Opens What You Need To Know Before Bow Hunting Season Opens

Archery deer hunting has expanded in popularity in North Dakota over the years. Even as deer numbers have fallen from record highs a decade ago, bow license sales have increased. With North Dakota’s archery deer season opening Friday, Sept. 2 at 12 noon Central time, it’s a good... 

Try a Crankbait Now Try a Crankbait Now

I went fishing last week. We were after largemouth bass, and we were on a good largemouth bass lake. They were spread out over and along the weedline and also on off-shore submerged weedbeds. When the bass are in locations such as these, casting crankbaits is an outstanding way to... 

How Hunters Help the Harvest  Information Program How Hunters Help the Harvest Information Program

For hunters my age, the acronym HIP associated with the outdoors isn’t anything new. While anywhere beyond two decades ago, HIP might have meant “aware” or “fashionable,” to those of us familiar with the migratory bird hunting world today, it also refers to the Harvest Information... 

An Ice-Fishing Bait For Open Water Walleyes An Ice-Fishing Bait For Open Water Walleyes

Much of the time, lures are designed with a specific application in mind. But sometimes we discover that some baits are multi-purpose. I was reminded of that on a recent fishing trip. I was sharing a boat with fishing friend Mike Frisch in central Minnesota and walleyes were our target.... 

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...