Two-In-A-Row – Flash Mob Jr. Takes FLW Tour Victory

April 29, 2013 by  

Two-In-A-Row – Flash Mob Jr. Takes FLW Tour Victory

Oklahoma’s Jason Christie threw a YUM Flash Mob Jr. for the win this weekend at the FLW Tour Event on Arkansas’ Beaver Lake. He also set the record for largest total weight for a Beaver Lake FLW event, and caught “big bass” of the tournament.

124 Points of Light

April 29, 2013 by  

124 Points of Light

I tied jigs of all kinds – trout jigs, walleye jigs, panfish jigs and bass jigs. The bright neon pink and orange were spring beacons, letting me know that someday, hopefully soon, their bright pastels would draw in smallmouth and crappies.

Spring bighorn sheep survey

April 27, 2013 by  

Spring bighorn sheep survey

Even with the small population of bighorn sheep, interest in their status remains high. This is verified ever year when thousands of hunters, knowing the odds of drawing a license will likely be more than 2,000 to one, show their support for the sheep program by applying in the lottery.

After Bite

April 22, 2013 by  

After Bite

A lot of people think bluegills and crappies aren’t catchable during the post-spawn period; that they’ve gone tight lipped, bellied-up to bottom and comatose after the spawn

Introducing the SideWinder Planer Board

April 17, 2013 by  

Introducing the SideWinder Planer Board

At first glace it looks like a kids toy or some sort of rocket ship but its design is an engineering marvel designed to take the headache out of planer board fishing.

Georgia’s Bone Wins Southern Open On Flash Mob Jr.

April 17, 2013 by  

Georgia’s Bone Wins Southern Open On Flash Mob Jr.

These rigs, which feature multiple arms for the attachment of up to five jigheads rigged with swimbaits, have come under fire by many pro anglers as being too effective.

North Dakota Outdoors

April 17, 2013 by  

North Dakota Outdoors

We know that hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation are an important quality of life factor for many North Dakotans

CATCH FISH THAT ARE HITTIN’ AND SPITTIN’

April 15, 2013 by  

CATCH FISH THAT ARE HITTIN’ AND SPITTIN’

Let’s say we’re jigging for walleyes and we’re getting them to eat the jig, but they’re spitting it right back out.

ROD AND REEL IDEAS

April 14, 2013 by  

ROD AND REEL IDEAS

It’s at this time of year that lots of anglers are in the market for a new rod and reel.

The Call

April 11, 2013 by  

The Call

I wondered if a trout of the same size would put up as good of a fight.

Erie’s Early Spring Bronze Hawgs

April 10, 2013 by  

Erie’s Early Spring Bronze Hawgs

Today I’ve got a whole new and exciting perspective on bass fishing.”

Slip Floats And Dark-Side Walleyes

April 10, 2013 by  

Slip Floats And Dark-Side Walleyes

Spring through early summer, a slip-float rig is the way to go at night, and few anglers know more about it than Wisconsin walleye guide Greg Bohn.

The Right Net For Walleye

April 8, 2013 by  

The Right Net For Walleye

Few people have invested more thought and consideration to nets than professional angler Ted Takasaki, International Freshwater Hall of Fame legendary angler and winner of the 2012 South Dakota Governor’s Cup

NDTRAX 2013: The Best GPS Hunting Map

April 8, 2013 by  

NDTRAX 2013: The Best GPS Hunting Map

“The product continues to break new ground in the mapping industry and is the best Garmin Hunting GPS Map ever created”

Changing Seasons

April 8, 2013 by  

Changing Seasons

Since North Dakota does not have a fishing season opener, you can head out any time the weather and your schedule allow.

JIGS FOR WALLEYES

April 4, 2013 by  

JIGS FOR WALLEYES

There are several things you need to consider if you’re going to be a successful jigger.

Mackerel on the Fly

April 3, 2013 by  

Mackerel on the Fly

Indeed, the toothy fish were schooled up thick in the two-to-six foot deep water between shore and a pair of pelicans patrolling the breakline just twenty yards out.

Inside Angles on Walleyes

April 2, 2013 by  

Inside Angles on Walleyes

To catch more fish on these inside edges, slide the boat up in shallow enough where you can cast either parallel with the inside edge or work the presentation from deep to shallow where the cast hits the edge and works back through the cleaner gap.

Purple Martin Association of the Dakota’s

March 28, 2013 by  

Purple Martin Association of the Dakota’s

Over time, purple martins started to lose their native nesting cavities because of forest clearcutting and other habitat loss such as clearing of tree snags.

VERSATILE ANGLERS CATCH MORE FISH

March 26, 2013 by  

VERSATILE ANGLERS CATCH MORE FISH

There are other techniques that I want to learn more about this fishing season.

Extended Fly Tying Season

March 22, 2013 by  

Extended Fly Tying Season

Here are three more fly patterns (focusing on pheasant feathers) to get you through until spring finally decides to show up

Planning your hunting

March 22, 2013 by  

Planning your hunting

There’s plenty of time to enjoy your outdoor activities. A little preparation can ensure more enjoyable time spent outdoors.

Get to the (Antler) Point

March 22, 2013 by  

Get to the (Antler) Point

There are a number of options out there to improve the quality of our deer hunting.

THINGS TO DO TO GET READY FOR FISHING

March 21, 2013 by  

THINGS TO DO TO GET READY FOR FISHING

Before you make a cast, following are some things you should do

The spring snow goose season

March 20, 2013 by  

The spring snow goose season

The spring season is only open to light geese – snows, blues, and Ross’s. Species identification is important because white-fronted and Canada geese travel with light geese. The season is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds.

Tackle Top Ten

March 19, 2013 by  

Tackle Top Ten

For whatever species I was pursuing, I would forsake all other jigs, rigs and plastics to have a supply of what follows in my tackle box

JUST GO FISHING

March 19, 2013 by  

JUST GO FISHING

Fishing is different things to different people. If you’re one of those folks that wants to key in on a particular specie of fish or employ a certain technique, that’s great, you should do so.

Floodwaters Point to Spring Crappies

March 11, 2013 by  

Floodwaters Point to Spring Crappies

From the simplest flooding model we learn how water collects via tributaries, overland melt and seepage; how the occurrence influences fish location and activity levels. And crappies, more than any other species, are suckers for the flood.

The Big Three

March 11, 2013 by  

The Big Three

Even though the odds of drawing one of these “big three” licenses is small, you of course can’t get one if you don’t fill out and send in a paper or online application.

FISHING QUESTIONS

March 10, 2013 by  

FISHING QUESTIONS

Wherever you fish, and for whatever you fish, if you keep color, size, and where-to ideas in mind, you’ll catch more fish.

Springing Forward

March 5, 2013 by  

Springing Forward

Whether it is late season ice fishing, early season open water, or a trip to warm waters somewhere else, I hope the spring is as eventful for you

Skinny Water Walleyes

March 3, 2013 by  

Skinny Water Walleyes

With these really shallow fish, you almost have to cast to the fish and there is nothing better than a jig because jigs only have one hook. Most of the time, you have to slide into spots and slip the jig up into this shallow water without making a lot of commotion.

2013 midwinter bald eagle survey

February 28, 2013 by  

2013 midwinter bald eagle survey

Eagles are relatively easy to spot as they prefer to perch in large cottonwood trees along the river.

What’s Your Rush?

February 28, 2013 by  

What’s Your Rush?

In the outdoors, it’s that rush – from a hard thunk on the line, a shadow following a lure near the surface, a slight crackle in the woods behind us, the stiffness of a pointing dog in grass, or the thunderous explosion of beating wings – that gets us out there and keeps us coming back.

GET READY FOR OPEN WATER FISHING

February 28, 2013 by  

GET READY FOR OPEN WATER FISHING

Sports and boat shows are going on right now in many areas, and many retail sporting goods and marine dealerships are having open houses and other events that will appeal to anyone who likes to go fishing.

The legislative process

February 21, 2013 by  

The legislative process

The Game and Fish Department website provides a link on the upper left of the home page at gf.nd.gov.

Lessons from Shane Mahoney

February 20, 2013 by  

Lessons from Shane Mahoney

Mahoney’s three-part message was resounding and clear: we need wildlife and wild places to remind us of our past and our humanity, the hunting, fishing and outdoors opportunities we have now must be guarded or they will be taken away

A new Rod

February 20, 2013 by  

A new Rod

When you’re looking for a new rod, you need to think of how you’ll be using it.

Our Outdoors: Wildlife on Candid Camera

February 11, 2013 by  

Our Outdoors: Wildlife on Candid Camera

With the advancement of camera technologies, many wildlife agencies have been able to provide an elevated view of eagles high on their nests, of bears deep in their winter burrows and of fish on the move up streams and rivers.

WALLEYES IN RIVERS RIGHT NOW

February 11, 2013 by  

WALLEYES IN RIVERS RIGHT NOW

Almost all of our open water walleye fishing this time of year will be within a couple miles of a dam.

Getting Involved

February 6, 2013 by  

Getting Involved

Many conservation issues have a degree of politics attached to them, and within a group, differing views can foster a better understanding of the issues, and lead to more effective input.

LOOKING AHEAD TO OPEN WATER

February 5, 2013 by  

LOOKING AHEAD TO OPEN WATER

I’m looking forward to casting topwater baits to largemouth bass in shallow water. This style of fishing is visual and exciting

ATV’s and Ice Fishing…

February 2, 2013 by  

ATV’s and Ice Fishing…

There is a more viable solution in my mind and instead of costing thousands, you can outfit your rig for mere hundreds of dollars by going with a set of J-Wheelz. They basically amount to a surprisingly durable foam filled plastic wheel extension with paddles providing the extra traction.

Talking Turkey

February 2, 2013 by  

Talking Turkey

While you won’t find too many people who put spring turkey hunting at the top of their list, you will find more and more hunters who look forward to a chance at taking a spring gobbler.

LATE SEASON ICE-FISHING

January 28, 2013 by  

LATE SEASON ICE-FISHING

Hard to believe, but it’s already time to start thinking about end of the season ice-fishing.

Future-Forward Fishing—From PC to Livewell

January 27, 2013 by  

Future-Forward Fishing—From PC to Livewell

“I’m always looking for new ways to find and catch fish, so I naturally gravitated to Humminbird, Minn Kota and LakeMaster,” says Courts. “They offer a complete fishing electronics ‘system’ that has definitely helped me put more fish in the boat.”

Why Regulations are crucial

January 27, 2013 by  

Why Regulations are crucial

North Dakota is fortunate to have a wealth of fish habitat right now, and based on the conversations I’ve been having at gas stations, coffee shops, local cafes, on the phone or online, people are excited about it.

Fish also suffer winterkill

January 20, 2013 by  

Fish also suffer winterkill

Winterkill is also a word used to describe a situation when water no longer contains enough dissolved oxygen for fish to survive. Without oxygen in the water, fish suffocate, just as they do when you take them out of water.

Re-purposing Pheasant Feathers for Fishing

January 20, 2013 by  

Re-purposing Pheasant Feathers for Fishing

I am constantly exploring new ways to use the feathers from my favorite upland bird – the ringneck pheasant

Permanent Ice Fishing

January 12, 2013 by  

Permanent Ice Fishing

By Bob Jensen A lot of time when we talk about ice-fishing, we talk about being mobile, especially from mid ice-fishing season to the end of the season.  We refer to this mobility as “trolling on ice”.  In short, “trolling on ice” means you pop a bunch of holes and just keep moving until you […]

Wildlife Winter Survival

January 10, 2013 by  

Wildlife Winter Survival

By Doug Leier Many animals have adaptations that help them get through winter, but in some years even those natural defenses are not a sure hedge against death. Some have thick winter coats, and their metabolism slows down. Bears hibernate. Sharp-tailed grouse have feathers out to their toes and other feathers that protect their nostrils from […]

Fly Fishing Gifts

December 4, 2012 by  

Fly Fishing Gifts

Our Outdoors: The Gift That Keeps on Giving By Nick Simonson If you’re looking to give the gift that keeps on giving to your favorite angler, or maybe just trying to find a way to burn up these dark winter nights in your den, a fly tying kit is the end of both holiday shopping […]

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear

November 30, 2012 by  

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear

Check out the Delta Wading Jacket Now!

Hottest Ice Fishing Gear 2013

November 27, 2012 by  

Hottest Ice Fishing Gear 2013

By Nick Simonson Dashing through the…um.  Let it…uh.  Oh the weather outside is… hmmm. Alright, so winter isn’t upon us just yet, but with the inevitability of ice in the near future, many anglers are abuzz with the latest and greatest equipment to help them successfully kick off the cold-weather fishing season.  Plus, after we’ve […]

2013 Outdoor Calendar

November 26, 2012 by  

2013 Outdoor Calendar

Calendars for Outdoor Fans – 2013 Outdoor Calendar Don’t miss your date with the great outdoors. If you want to catch a great calendar gift for an outdoor enthusiast, Ucahoot has the products and promotions for you. In addition to FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more, Ucahoot offers exceptional value for the highest […]

Getting Ready for Ice Fishing Season

October 30, 2012 by  

Getting Ready for Ice Fishing Season

by Bob Jensen It’s not here, but it’s near. Ice-fishing that is. It’s November. Many hunting seasons are in full swing. Those are an ice-anglers reminders that it’s time to start thinking about ice-fishing. Depending on Mother Nature, we could be ice-fishing in just a couple of weeks in the northern states. Now is the […]

Trail Cam Deer Hunting

September 12, 2012 by  

Trail Cam Deer Hunting

By Nick Simonson In my brief foray into bow hunting, I’ve found that each trip afield, whether I see something or not, is generally exciting. The footsteps of a squirrel or the hopping of a small bird in leaf litter is enough to get my heart pumping. When the steps are a lot louder – […]

Outdoor Photography Tips

September 5, 2012 by  

Outdoor Photography Tips

By Doug Leier If you hunt or fish, chances are you take pictures of your catch or bag. It’s easy these days because small cameras or mobile phones capable of taking photos and video are convenient to bring along, and the automatic settings are almost fool-proof. Notice I wrote “almost” fool-proof and not “totally” fool-proof. […]

Night Musky Fishing

August 20, 2012 by  

Night Musky Fishing

By Nick Simonson “Some nights I stay up, cashing in my bad luck; some nights I call it a draw,” is the opening line to the song “Some Nights” by the group Fun.  My wife downloaded their breakout release just before our first of three trips to the lake in as many weeks, and on […]

CRP Loss

August 20, 2012 by  

CRP Loss

Doug Leier Throughout the years I’ve been writing, I’ve continued to highlight the Conservation Reserve Program, and for good reason. It’s not by sheer accident that North Dakota’s wildlife populations have experienced a contemporary revival that rivals most hunters’ recollections of “the good old days.” Many factors influence wildlife populations, and weather and habitat are […]

Prepare for the Pheasant Hunting Season

August 20, 2012 by  

Prepare for the Pheasant Hunting Season

By Dennis Foster Thoughts of Pheasant Hunting may not be your highest priority until the leaves are falling.  But, if you are serious about the sport and want to get the most out of your hunting experience…you should be doing something about it right now. I know many of you feel all you need to […]

Fall Crankbait Fishing for Giant Walleyes

August 20, 2012 by  

Fall Crankbait Fishing for Giant Walleyes

With Jason Mitchell The fact that walleye fishing is good come fall is no secret.  Realistically one of the best times of year for seeing solid patterns develops with great fishing.  Big fish are often fairly easy to target with some consistency.  Despite how good the fishing is late in the open water season, there […]

Key to Catching Big Walleyes

August 14, 2012 by  

Key to Catching Big Walleyes

by Bob Jensen A very basic yet often overlooked principle of fishing is that you’ve got to put your bait near a fish if you want to catch a fish.  So often we spend too much time thinking about lure shape or lure color or lure size or how fast our lure is moving, when, […]

Where to Hunt?

August 9, 2012 by  

Where to Hunt?

By Doug Leier Even though I couldn’t squeak more than a “C” out of college calculus, I’ve always enjoyed thinking through complex questions. It’s the easy ones that sometimes seem to trip me up. And in my position as a State Game and Fish Department outreach biologist, and as a district game warden before that, […]

August Goose Opener

August 6, 2012 by  

August Goose Opener

By Doug Leier Even if you don’t have kids in school, the circadian rhythm, as I refer to it, is evident. When school is out, summer starts. When practices for fall sports begin, the sand is almost out of the summer hourglass. Some North Dakota schools didn’t hold graduation until early June, and by the […]

How to Catch Big Walleyes

July 17, 2012 by  

How to Catch Big Walleyes

By Dennis Foster I know this may sound counterintuitive as much of the time we are happy just to find the elusive buggers and simply take what they give us.  If you want to up your game a bit and try to weed out the smaller eater sized fish and specifically focus your efforts on […]

North Dakota Fishing Questions

July 11, 2012 by  

North Dakota Fishing Questions

Doug Leier Even though fishing season is open year-round in North Dakota, judging by phone calls and emails the month of July sees a good share of fishing activity. Whether it’s planning an annual fishing outing with friends and family, part of an anniversary or community celebration, or simply an individual with questions, there are […]

Minnesota Lake Sturgeon

July 9, 2012 by  

Minnesota Lake Sturgeon

By Nick Simonson A couple of weeks ago, my brother Ben Simonson of Valley City, N.D. received a report via email from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding a Minnesota lake sturgeon he caught on our first trip to the Rainy River in May. The yellow tag marked #82,661 was the first thing […]

Walleye Crankbait Article

July 2, 2012 by  

Walleye Crankbait Article

With Jason Mitchell Catching more walleyes on crankbaits sometimes boils down to having a system or program in the boat that enables you to keep the lures in the water in front of fish.  When you have a system in place that enables you to hustle and keep lures in the water and also enables […]

Save Our Lakes Program

June 28, 2012 by  

Save Our Lakes Program

By Doug Leier With all due respect to the big boys of North Dakota fishing – the Missouri River, Lake Oahe, Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake – I’ve always smiled a bit bigger while landing a fish in the hundreds of “Mom and Pop” fisheries of our home state. Each angler knows how they need […]

Northern Minnesota Walleyes

June 21, 2012 by  

Northern Minnesota Walleyes

by Bob Jensen Kabetogama Lake in northern Minnesota is one of my all-time favorite walleye lakes in the world.  Lots of walleyes, eater-size and bigger, are abundant on Kab.  The lake has about one hundred fifty miles of shoreline, but only nine miles of the shoreline is developed, and that’s with resorts that fit the […]

Evolution of Plastic Baits

June 17, 2012 by  

Evolution of Plastic Baits

By Nick Simonson The great evolutionist Charles Darwin would be amazed at how quickly the plastic worm has changed over just a few generations. Generally, a species changes very slowly over hundreds of thousands or millions of years.  But since Nick Creme poured his first concoction of plastisol into his hand-made molds just sixty years […]

Half Mine

June 11, 2012 by  

Half Mine

By Nick Simonson When I was a young angler, watching bobbers off the dock with my cousin Kris Paulson of Grand Forks, N.D. was more of a competition than leisure or hobby.  We’d see who could catch the most perch, we’d see who could catch the biggest bluegill and anyone who caught anything other than […]

Summer Fishing Gear

June 11, 2012 by  

Summer Fishing Gear

by Bob Jensen When we go fishing, we always try real hard to remember to take all the things we need for a successful fishing trip.  It’s easy to remember rods and reels and tackleboxes and sandwiches, but there are some other things that are often forgotten that should be part of the fishing trip.  […]

Keep It Simple Keep It Fresh – Kids Fishing

June 4, 2012 by  

Keep It Simple Keep It Fresh – Kids Fishing

Keep It Simple Keep It Fresh – Kids Fishing By Nick Simonson My Godson Gavin has an active imagination. We’ve been Power Rangers, battled aliens in the backyard, turned invisible by walking under the curtain of a willow tree, and told ghost stories while eating s’mores by the bonfire. There’s no shortage of yarns that […]

Presque Isle State Park

May 30, 2012 by  

Presque Isle State Park

By Nick Simonson Each morning the arm of tree-covered land cradling the small bay on the south shore of Lake Erie would seem to wave invitingly. While I was busy suiting up for another day at trial, the gulls, ducks, geese and other waterbirds would make their way to and from the 3,100 acre peninsula […]

Best Fishing Trips

May 23, 2012 by  

Best Fishing Trips

By Nick Simonson The human body is about 70 percent water.  The world is about 70 percent water.  I don’t think that’s a coincidence.  Our very core compound seems to draw us – especially those of us who are avid anglers – to water of all kinds.  From coast to coast, and shore to shore […]

Deer Hunting Licenses – Reduced

May 17, 2012 by  

Deer Hunting Licenses – Reduced

by Doug Leier North Dakota’s lower deer and pheasant populations in recent years have generated many discussions. In terms of recent history the numbers are smaller, but compare the deer license allocation from the 1970s, or pheasant harvest numbers from the early 1980s, and hunters have a little more to consider. Wildlife populations will always […]

Walleye Recipes

May 17, 2012 by  

Walleye Recipes

By Nick Simonson The walleyes weren’t “on” for me over Minnesota’s opening weekend, but thankfully the last four fillets from the ice fishing season stashed in the freezer helped fill the void when I got home on Sunday night.  If you put a few golden fish in the livewell and on the cleaning board, you’ve […]

North Dakota Fishing License – Free Fishing Days

May 10, 2012 by  

North Dakota Fishing License – Free Fishing Days

by Doug Leier It’s hard to believe when I glance at the calendar that it’s May, and not June or maybe July. The early arrival of spring-like temperatures after a milder winter can do that. So while open water fishing has been viable since mid-March, between work, school and other responsibilities not everyone has yet […]

Fishing Lake Sturgeon – Rainy River

May 8, 2012 by  

Fishing Lake Sturgeon – Rainy River

Fishing Lake Sturgeon “Well, that hookset didn’t go anywhere,” my brother said as I got about one-third into my sweeping movement against the creature that tapped on the end of my line near the bottom of the Rainy River in northern Minnesota.  With the rod in full arc, I began cranking down to meet my […]

Best Fishing Times

May 7, 2012 by  

Best Fishing Times

by Doug Leier “Best fishing times?” I’m the first to admit I’m not a professional angler. When it comes to tips and tactics on how to land a lunker walleye or fill a stringer in short order, I’ve got more questions than answers. At times, I casually refer to myself as the human cold front […]

Early Pike Spawning

April 30, 2012 by  

Early Pike Spawning

by Doug Leier As far as I can tell, few people are complaining out loud about the early arrival of spring in 2012. Since 2009 it’s almost felt like we’d skipped a season, or replaced spring with “flood” season. This year, it started to feel like spring in February and March and it’s almost as […]

Slip Bobber Fishing

April 30, 2012 by  

Slip Bobber Fishing

By Jason Mitchell As a guide, I believed that the most effective game plans just kept walleye fishing straight forward and simple.  There are plenty of folks in this business who try to make fishing really complicated and you can make fishing akin to rocket science if you wish… I however made a living as […]

Backyard Wildlife

April 30, 2012 by  

Backyard Wildlife

Backyard Wildlife By Nick Simonson So much of my formative years were spent in the backyard at the old brown-trimmed house along the oak-lined street near the college in my hometown of Valley City.  Nestled between the mesotrophic curve of the slow-flowing Sheyenne which forms three of the boundaries of the nearby city park and […]

Trout Fishing Tips

April 25, 2012 by  

Trout Fishing Tips

By Nick Simonson The recently stocked trout in the stream near my house were quick learners this year.  With a winter short on snow and a spring that only just recently made up a couple of inches against the lingering drought, water levels were low and the fish were instantly wary after the DNR truck […]

Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1

April 18, 2012 by  

Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1

ND G&F Release: Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1 North Dakota’s paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through the end of the month. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 36-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department. Snaggers need to […]

Silver Carp Facts & Other Aquatic Nuisance Species

April 13, 2012 by  

Silver Carp Facts & Other Aquatic Nuisance Species

by Doug Leier Last fall, an angler caught a silver carp in North Dakota’s portion of the James River near LaMoure. A couple of weeks later, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists caught another one in a net, nearly 50 miles farther upstream in the James, near the dam at Jamestown Reservoir. That […]

Fly Fishing Knots

April 10, 2012 by  

Fly Fishing Knots

By Nick Simonson On Friday night, my fly fishing gear was in a sorry state.  It had been almost 8 months since I had last used it on some sunny day in Detroit Lakes, Minn. for the dock-patrolling bluegills at my family’s cabin.  In addition to updating the twisted leaders with no tippet and cleaning […]

Facts about Bald Eagles

April 5, 2012 by  

Facts about Bald Eagles

Facts about Bald Eagles by Doug Leier When the phone rings and the caller on the other end of the line is excitedly relaying an unusual wildlife observation, I do my best to join the adrenaline rush brought on by a possible rare or uncommon sighting. While some may downplay a turkey vulture observation or […]

Florida Fishing – Distant Cousins

April 5, 2012 by  

Florida Fishing – Distant Cousins

Florida Fishing By Nick Simonson My wife’s extended family is very close.  Her grandfather and his cousins grew up together like brothers, and as a result her mother and second and third cousins grew up the same way.  No matter where we go for her family reunions or for vacations with the extended family, as […]

North Dakota Fishing Regulations

April 5, 2012 by  

North Dakota Fishing Regulations

by Doug Leier I don’t necessarily consider myself old, but I do know I’m old enough to remember the drought of the late 1980s and early 1990s when Devils Lake was hardly visible from Minnewaukan, and one day I walked across the parched bottom of Hobart Lake in Barnes County. Since a wet cycle started […]

Beginning Photography Tips for Fishing

March 23, 2012 by  

Beginning Photography Tips for Fishing

By Nick Simonson As the adage goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” a fishing picture, however means never having to face an inquisition from friends or foes at the local watering hole. While any snap, from a camera phone on up to top-of-the-line photography equipment, will preserve the memory and the proof of […]

Birding in North Dakota

March 23, 2012 by  

Birding in North Dakota

by Doug Leier I’ve had the opportunity to hunt many different places and species across North Dakota, much of it a result of having lived in more than 10 different zip codes across the state. It’s those places, and the people who go with them, that often account for the best memories. While we always […]

Conservation Message – Bits & Pieces

March 21, 2012 by  

Conservation Message – Bits & Pieces

By Nick Simonson Normally, I’d being talking about getting ready for spring by now.  But in case you missed it, spring is over.  Welcome to June.  All kidding and weather-banter aside, spring is here and everyone’s timetable has been moved up, but there are some important dates, activities and here-and-now conservation message actions that are […]

Walleye Ice Fishing Tips

March 20, 2012 by  

Walleye Ice Fishing Tips

Walleye Ice Fishing Tips by Doug Leier Winter began Dec. 21 and ends March 21. Or so says the calendar, if you prefer a specific date, rather than a change in weather, to note the arrival and departure of seasons. For many, winter didn’t really feel like winter until the snow and storms of late […]

Walleye Fishing – The Big Bite

March 5, 2012 by  

Walleye Fishing – The Big Bite

By Nick Simonson And….nothing.  I ripped the glow-red spoon upward and it went…nowhere. It was a sensation I hadn’t experienced in quite a while, having spent a majority of the past few winters searching lakes across the upper Midwest for slab crappies and bull bluegills. But on this, the last weekend of the Minnesota walleye […]

Trapping the Muskrat, Bobcats, Coyotes and other predators in ND

March 5, 2012 by  

Trapping the Muskrat, Bobcats, Coyotes and other predators in ND

by Doug Leier My son and daughters have seen urban trapping first hand –in a backyard live-trap. Beyond that, my son also loves to help my dad check coyote and muskrat traps, the same way I did. While my dad and son are certainly not alone in their interest in trapping, trappers in North Dakota […]

Ice Fishing – Significant Trip Tips

February 27, 2012 by  

Ice Fishing – Significant Trip Tips

By Nick Simonson Fishing is a social sport; ice fishing even more so.  I can’t recall a morning after a hot (or not-so-hot) dawn bite that I haven’t stepped out of my shack to see who else was punching holes in the dark, ask how the fish were biting fifty yards away and shoot the […]

Spring Snow Goose Hunting

February 22, 2012 by  

Spring Snow Goose Hunting

by Doug Leier Since 1999 North Dakota hunters have had a spring hunting opportunity besides turkey. While overall interest and participation in turkey hunting overshadows the spring light goose season, those with a decade of spring snow goose hunting experience, and first-time participants alike are looking forward to the 2012 season, which opened Feb. 18. […]