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Trollin’, Trollin’, Trollin’ Trollin’, Trollin’, Trollin’

by Bob Jensen  If you go fishing in the summer and want to catch fish, trolling is a great way to do it.  Following are some ideas for more effective and productive trolling. If you’re after smallmouth bass and they’re being finicky in the summer, backtrolling a live bait rig... 

Looking Ahead to Fall Hunting Season Looking Ahead to Fall Hunting Season

By Doug Leier Here it is barely summer–the calendar says summer began June 21– and a lot of us are already looking ahead to what the fall hunting season might provide. While some prospects are risky to try to pin down just yet, spring weather conditions can give us some... 

Want Walleyes Right Now? Use Spinners Want Walleyes Right Now? Use Spinners

by Bob Jensen As the water warms and we get into the heat of summer, most predator fish will be feeding aggressively.  Walleyes will be eating whatever they can find.  A very effective way to catch walleyes is with a spinner rigged with a nightcrawler.  Here’s how you get started. For... 

Stay Safe This Boating Season Stay Safe This Boating Season

By Doug Leier I grew up in the 1980s when recommendations for seatbelt use were turning into laws, and people were trying to adjust to the process of having to click in before driving off. In North Dakota, youngsters age 10 and under are required to wear a PFD anytime they are in... 

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

Looking Ahead to Fall Hunting Season Looking Ahead to Fall Hunting Season

By Doug Leier Here it is barely summer–the calendar says summer began June 21– and a lot of us are already looking ahead to what the fall hunting season might provide. While some prospects... 

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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...