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How to Have a Successful Launch and Load This Summer How to Have a Successful Launch and Load This Summer

By Doug Leier Through trial and error as kids or adults, many of us learn skills that stick with us the rest of our lives. Don’t pull onto the ramp until your boat is ready to launch One of those skills that is quite useful this time of year and into the summer is backing a boat... 

Get the Net! Get the Net!

by Bob Jensen I was fishing with my friend Mike Gottheardt on Sturgeon Bay in Lake Michigan in Wisconsin recently.  It was on this trip that I re-remembered why netting the fish that’s on the end of your line can be a good idea.  Actually, it’s a good idea for several reasons.... 

Some Thoughts on the 2015 Deer Hunting Season Some Thoughts on the 2015 Deer Hunting Season

By Doug Leier The late Dean Hildebrand, North Dakota Game and Fish Department director from 1996 through 2005, had a number of quotes that typically connected his small town North Dakota roots to the management of hunting, fishing and conservation in the state of North Dakota. One... 

Tips for Loading and Unloading Your Boat Tips for Loading and Unloading Your Boat

by Bob Jensen How you load and unload your boat at the boat ramp may not have an impact on how many fish you catch, but getting it in the water can set the tone for the day, for you and for any other angler that’s waiting to put their boat in the water.  Unloading your boat should... 

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

How to Have a Successful Launch and Load This Summer How to Have a Successful Launch and Load This Summer

By Doug Leier Through trial and error as kids or adults, many of us learn skills that stick with us the rest of our lives. Don’t pull onto the ramp until your boat is ready to launch One of those skills... 

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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...