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North Dakota’s Winter Waterfowl Survey Shows Fewer Canada Geese North Dakota’s Winter Waterfowl Survey Shows Fewer Canada Geese

For a biologist, getting out in the field and collecting data is an important and usually enjoyable part of the job. While I don’t spend as much time in the field as a specific wildlife or fisheries biologist, I do have a variety of assignments that come up unexpectedly, like checking... 

Things Change Things Change

Things change: that’s true in life, and it’s true in fishing. This past open water season and recently while ice-fishing I realized some changes that I found to be interesting. Following are some of those changes. Consider Clear Lake in north central Iowa: when I was learning... 

North Dakota’s Watchable Wildlife Program Supports Nongame Species North Dakota’s Watchable Wildlife Program Supports Nongame Species

Looking out my urban backyard, even in the middle of a bone chilling North Dakota morning, it’s always a treat to see a few squirrels, red poles, chickadees and other backyard birds scrounging around for a little mid-winter food. I’m fortunate my kids love watchable wildlife even... 

Various Fish Through The Ice Various Fish Through The Ice

Boy oh boy what an ice-fishing season it’s been across the Midwest, and it’s not done yet: there is still lots of time to go fishing and lots of fish are still out there waiting to be caught. This is the time of year, though, when it pays to be flexible in your fishing. In some... 

Our Outdoors with Nick Simonson

North Dakota’s Watchable Wildlife Program Supports Nongame Species North Dakota’s Watchable Wildlife Program Supports Nongame Species

Looking out my urban backyard, even in the middle of a bone chilling North Dakota morning, it’s always a treat to see a few squirrels, red poles, chickadees and other backyard birds... 

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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...