Light Geese Sightings in North Dakota

March 2, 2017 by  

Light Geese Sightings in North Dakota

On the morning of Thursday, Feb. 9, Bismarck recorded a low temperature of 15 below zero, the third day in a row of sub-zero readings. At that time, I don’t think anyone could have predicted North Dakota would have snow geese within its borders just over a week later when the spring light goose conservation […]

North Dakota’s Winter Waterfowl Survey Shows Fewer Canada Geese

February 16, 2017 by  

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 for zebra mussels and […]

Plenty of Hunting Opportunities Remain in 2016

December 14, 2016 by  

Plenty of Hunting Opportunities Remain in 2016

For many, enjoying North Dakota’s outdoors in December means waiting for the ice to firm up for ice fishing, darkhouse spearfishing, or maybe muskrat trapping. But there’s no shortage of other things to do in the next few weeks while the ice is taking its time. While most of the good duck, pheasant, goose and […]

How the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Changed Waterfowl Hunting

December 7, 2016 by  

How the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Changed Waterfowl Hunting

As I write this the first winter weather of 2016 is turning an extended fall into the reality of a typical November, which means ducks and geese on the move, and in many parts of North Dakota that can create quite a spectacle – for hunters and others who just enjoy observing migrating waterfowl on […]

2016 North Dakota Waterfoul Info

September 14, 2016 by  

2016 North Dakota Waterfoul Info

Let’s cut to the chase this week and get to the important details of the 2016 waterfowl hunting seasons. Technically, they already started with early goose in mid-August, and now continue on with youth weekend, the resident opener and regular opener on three consecutive weekend. The youth waterfowl weekend  is Sept. 17 and 18, and […]

How Hunters Help the Harvest Information Program

August 17, 2016 by  

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 Program. What is HIP? HIP is a survey method […]

Early Canada Goose Season Opens August 15

August 10, 2016 by  

Early Canada Goose Season Opens August 15

These days, spending time outdoors in August is no longer just about winding down the fishing season and starting the planning and preparation for hunting seasons that start in September and October. For hunters of my generation and older, perhaps that’s still a back-of-the-mind thought process, but for nearly a generation of young hunters, the […]

Duck Numbers Down Slightly in North Dakota

July 13, 2016 by  

Duck Numbers Down Slightly in North Dakota

During mid-July we obviously note the sun is setting a bit earlier, the small grains are nearing harvest and the August 15 early Canada goose opener is nearing and hunters can begin to form plans for the fall hunting seasons. In the past few weeks the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has released some […]

Spring Light Goose Season Up and Running

March 2, 2016 by  

Spring Light Goose Season Up and Running

In case you missed, it North Dakota’s spring light goose season opened Saturday Feb. 20 and no it’s not too early of a season. South Dakota’s opened February 15 and Minnesota’s March 1. The first I heard of reports of Canada geese were the weekend of February 20th and even prior to that some reports […]

Why States Conduct Game Surveys

February 24, 2016 by  

Why States Conduct Game Surveys

My job as an outreach biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is varied. I spend a fair amount of time doing media work, but I’m also helping out frequently with other Game and Fish functions such as checking on possible fish kills or fishing access areas, or conducting upland or small game […]

Waterfowl Season Setting Process Changing

February 10, 2016 by  

Waterfowl Season Setting Process Changing

Many people who hunt waterfowl are familiar with a season-setting process that in the northern tier of states is finalized only a few weeks before opening day. Starting this year, however, the process is changing. What was previously a two-cycle regulatory practice – one for waterfowl and one for other migratory birds (doves, cranes) – […]

Think Safety This Hunting Season

October 7, 2015 by  

Think Safety This Hunting Season

What are the most important reminders as fall hunting seasons are in full gear? Knowing the limits? Having the right license? Taking a kid hunting? These are all good, but the list below should occupy the top spot. 1. Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm. 2. Control the direction of […]

Fall Hunting Expectations

September 30, 2015 by  

Fall Hunting Expectations

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about our attitudes and perceptions. The back-and-forth went from complaining about the weather to a fear of flying, and it got me to thinking about hunting. A bright sunny day with no wind is usually not very good for duck hunting in October, but such […]

North Dakota’s 2015 Waterfowl Season Set

September 9, 2015 by  

North Dakota’s 2015 Waterfowl Season Set

One of the final pieces of North Dakota’s fall hunting picture is the setting of waterfowl season. While the moose and elk season was set way back in March, followed by deer, pronghorn, small game and fall turkey, waterfowl must wait until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes the frameworks under which states can […]

Expect changes with federal duck stamp this year

August 19, 2015 by  

Expect changes with federal duck stamp this year

In the coming weeks when thousands of North Dakota hunters will go through the annual ritual of buying a federal duck stamp, most people will notice a change or two. One of those changes is a price increase from $15 to $25 passed by Congress and signed into law late last year. It was the […]

August goose hunting

August 5, 2015 by  

August goose hunting

With back-to-school ads, high school sports and college students all shifting from summer into fall mode, I’ve started to hear some anglers transition from summer fishing to hunting talk. Which isn’t all that surprising, considering the early Canada goose season opens Aug. 15. What may be surprising is that this early season for resident geese […]

Licensing and Certification for Spring Light Goose Season 2015

March 25, 2015 by  

Licensing and Certification for Spring Light Goose Season 2015

by Doug Leier Signs of spring honestly began weeks ago. For me, the first bald eagle pairs setting up their nests in February is proof that winter is losing its grip, and this year the turn of March brought unseasonably mild and record-breaking temperatures. The annual college basketball championship game and the first pitch of […]

Licensing and Regulation Reminders for Spring Season

March 4, 2015 by  

Licensing and Regulation Reminders for Spring Season

by Doug Leier   A couple of decades ago March was typically sort of a down time for outdoor activity in North Dakota, but that’s no longer the case. With fishing season for game fish now open year-round instead of closing around the first weekend in March, plus the advent of the spring light goose […]

How a Simple Band Helps Scientists Study Bird Behavior

October 8, 2014 by  

How a Simple Band Helps Scientists Study Bird Behavior

By Doug Leier I’ve learned through watching, listening and observing my kids how routine questions can often perplex adults. It’s easy to just brush it off with a quick reply of “I don’t know” or some other redirection response. Often I’ll patiently try to explain why food, habitat and weather conditions cause different bird species […]

2014 Hunting Season Officially Opens in North Dakota

August 27, 2014 by  

2014 Hunting Season Officially Opens in North Dakota

By Doug Leier The first official hunting season of 2014 has been open since Aug. 9 when the fall crow season began. While I’d venture to guess that very few people gathered the evening before to strategize for the crow opener in the same way they will for waterfowl (residents Sept. 27) pheasant (Oct. 11) […]

Spring Light Goose Season Regulations

March 19, 2014 by  

Spring Light Goose Season Regulations

by Doug Leier   In case you missed it at the time, when temperatures were sub-zero and the countryside was white, North Dakota’s spring light goose season opened Feb. 15 and continues through May 18. At the same time, while most people probably wouldn’t have anticipated the first sightings of light geese until later in […]

Late Season Hunting & Fishing Opportunities

November 27, 2013 by  

Late Season Hunting & Fishing Opportunities

by Doug Leier For many hunters, November is a peak and valley, the best of times and the worst of times. As North Dakota’s popular deer gun hunting season opens and closes, thousands of hunters begin and end their hunting activities within the 16 ½ days the regular season takes place. While most of the […]

Waterfowl Hunting Season Opening in North Dakota

September 18, 2013 by  

Waterfowl Hunting Season Opening in North Dakota

by Doug Leier Many hunters these days are bemoaning a downward population trend for deer and pheasants in North Dakota. On the other hand, for 2013 at least, duck and goose populations are in good shape and can provide opportunities that hunters may not want to overlook. Opening day for North Dakota residents is September […]

Survey Estimates – Hunting Seasons Management

September 4, 2013 by  

Survey Estimates – Hunting Seasons Management

Doug Leier If you catch a conversation between hunters and hear a reference to HIP, chances are they are discussing the Harvest Information Program and not what their kids or teenage neighbors are into. HIP is a survey method developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a means to collect more reliable estimates […]

Wildlife Surveys & Fall Flight Forecasting

August 29, 2013 by  

Wildlife Surveys & Fall Flight Forecasting

By Doug Leier Hunters are not much different than sports fans when it comes to looking forward to upcoming seasons and learning about expert analysis and predictions. Fall flight forecasts for waterfowl and results from upland game brood surveys will pique the interest of hunters and wildlife managers alike. Along the way, from crow and […]

Early Canada Goose Season Licensing

August 22, 2013 by  

Early Canada Goose Season Licensing

Doug Leier North Dakota’s early Canada goose season has been around for more than a decade and has gone through many evolution’s since it started in 1999. The big change this year is that hunters of all ages, both resident and nonresident, will for the first time need a special license. It’s a specific effort […]

The 2013 North Dakota legislature

May 31, 2013 by  

The 2013 North Dakota legislature

HB 1264 – Addresses the issue of Canada goose depredation that occurs during the spring and summer months in North Dakota…

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.

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear

November 30, 2012 by  

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear

Check out the Delta Wading Jacket Now!

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Motion Snow Goose Decoys – Dare to be Different

February 22, 2012 by  

Motion Snow Goose Decoys – Dare to be Different

Dare to be Different How many snow goose decoy spreads have you driven past over the years? Seriously, think about it. What did you notice? I swear most snow goose decoy spreads are close to the same. They consist of 300-600 snow goose decoys (usually windsock type), around a 4-12 flyers and maybe a circling […]

G+H Weather Vane Decoys Deal

December 12, 2011 by  

G+H Weather Vane Decoys Deal

Buy 3 six packs get free shipping!! These words are music to all waterfowlers’ ears. G+H Canada Goose Weather Vane Decoys are the ticket for realism in the field. Simple to set up, light for travel, and they move with the slightest wind always realigning themselves. No more days of getting up and moving the […]

Fall in ND

September 28, 2011 by  

Fall in ND

By Doug Leier Most kids grow up looking forward to the Christmas season. Even before Thanksgiving turkey is served they are counting the days before they can open their share of the wrapped boxes beneath the tree. Many hunters feel that way about October. While September offers its archery and dove and grouse and crane […]

PLOTS Guide

September 21, 2011 by  

PLOTS Guide

Doug Leier Over the past two decades the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has emphasized wildlife habitat enhancement and hunting access on private land through its Private Land Initiative. Most North Dakota hunters are familiar with the Private Land Open to Sportsmen program, which provides walking hunting access to more than a million acres […]

March in ND

March 6, 2011 by  

March in ND

By Doug Leier We’re each afforded our own perspective on the beginning of spring. Sports fans point toward baseball’s spring training, turkey hunters anxiously await the April 9 gobbler season opener, and you could fill up pages with other events or notable milestones that people consider as an unofficial arrival of spring The calendar, of […]

Waterfowl Industry Gets a Black Eye

December 10, 2010 by  

Waterfowl Industry Gets a Black Eye

After years of rumors and speculation, a federal grand jury returned 23-count felony indictment today charging Jeff Foiles of Foiles Migrators.  This is a huge black eye in the waterfowl industry.  Jeff Foiles, a well known representative of the waterfowl industry, is looked up upon by many and is affiliated with many products and companies.   Whether […]

Nodak Outdoors and Buck Knives Waterfowlers Knife

November 22, 2010 by  

Nodak Outdoors and Buck Knives Waterfowlers Knife

In the past couple decades, I’ve seen the waterfowling industry become cluttered with more gear then any crew could ever afford or keep track of. Products designed with the sole purpose of making your waterfowling trips more productive and comfortable. Without a doubt, waterfowlers are becoming very good at harvesting waterfowl in all situations. But […]

Waterfowler Innovations Changes Waterfowling

October 20, 2010 by  

Waterfowler Innovations Changes Waterfowling

Waterfowl hunting is changing in a hurry.  One only has to look back a couple decades when there was limited gear options to where we stand today where the options are endless.  Most products come and go but some have come along and changed the game, and a new company, Waterfowler Innovations, is trying to […]

ND Spring Snow Geese

March 24, 2010 by  

ND Spring Snow Geese

By Doug Leier The 2010 spring snow goose conservation season opened Feb 20. No we didn’t make a mistake, the probability of snow geese migrating back into North Dakota before March is slim, but the remote chance of a mild winter, limited snow cover and early spring are possible. Yes, I said possible, but improbable. […]

Thin To Win in the Blind

October 20, 2009 by  

Thin To Win in the Blind

By Chris Hustad It’s around 15 degrees, and my watch says 8 am on a late October morning in 1993. I have my head tucked under a staked-up snow goose shell, as I watch a flock of 8 snows coming at us 200 yards away. Luckily, there’s just enough wind this morning to keep the […]

Ducks vs. Geese

April 2, 2009 by  

Ducks vs. Geese

By PJ Maguire I have often been asked what I enjoy the pursuit of most: ducks or geese. It is a difficult question for a person who would prefer to spend his time scanning the skyline above decoys for waterfowl. For me, I cut my teeth hunting ducks at my family’s lake cabin with my dad […]

Survey Says

March 25, 2009 by  

Survey Says

By Doug Leier With the final shots of North Dakota’s bird hunting seasons behind us as of the close of turkey hunting on Jan. 11, we’re actually only weeks away from the opening of the 2009 spring snow goose conservation season on Feb. 21. Beyond that, the spring turkey season is only a couple of […]

Montana Goose Hunting

March 25, 2009 by  

Montana Goose Hunting

By Chris Hustad My phone rang late last summer and my good friend Lyle Sinner was on the other end. His call was straight to the point, “Hey Chris, are you interested in heading to Montana to goose hunt?” While it took all of about 2 seconds for me to decide, my decision was an […]

The Other Migration

March 25, 2009 by  

The Other Migration

By PJ Maguire One thing that waterfowl hunters can always learn more about is the migration patterns of ducks and geese. To be successful as a waterfowl hunter it is important to understand how and why ducks and geese use certain migration patterns. Of course weather, moon phases and the calendar all play a major […]

August Goose Hunting

March 25, 2009 by  

August Goose Hunting

By Doug Leier Non hunters and hunters who don’t target Canada geese may be a bit take off guard when learning those hunters they’ve seen and heard are out taking part in the early Canada goose season in North Dakota–for good reason. In 1988 the US Fish and Wildlife Service annual spring waterfowl survey indicated […]

The Canada Goose

March 25, 2009 by  

The Canada Goose

By Doug Leier I  don’t think of myself as a veteran hunter. But when I put pen to paper and add up the years, I realize it’s been nearly 25 of them since I took hunter education in LaMoure in 1984. During that time, I’ve already experienced some significant changes in our hunting landscape. In […]

Hunting Ethics from an Old Soldier

March 25, 2009 by  

Hunting Ethics from an Old Soldier

By Daniel D. Narum On an early morning in September, I awoke just before my alarm sounded and spared my wife the noise. It was 4:45 a.m., and a balmy 63 degrees outside. My gear was already loaded and I had a cup of fresh hot coffee to enjoy on my way to the field. […]

The Spring Snow Goose Blues

March 24, 2009 by  

The Spring Snow Goose Blues

By PJ Maguire The blues have always been American. As American as apple pie, extension tubes, electronic calls and a high enough population of the North American Lesser Snow geese to warrant a Conservation Order. In the last month, I have gone from a blues bar in Chicago on one weekend, to snow goose hunting […]

A Spring Goose Hunter’s Lament

March 24, 2009 by  

A Spring Goose Hunter’s Lament

By Richard Kaplan Note: Article Written at the end of April Hello. My name is Richard. I’m addicted to hunting spring geese and today is the seventeenth consecutive day I have not checked the Spring Snow Goose Migration Report at Nodak Outdoors. My support group believes that writing this article will be therapeutic for me. […]

Waterfowl Hunting Memories

March 24, 2009 by  

Waterfowl Hunting Memories

By Chris Hustad Well here I am, back in another airplane for a cross country trip home from work. As I write this I’m on the first lag of my trip back to North Dakota from Blacksburg, Virginia. After a long exhausting week, it feels good to know I’m going home. And this isn’t just […]

Ducks, Geese, & UV

March 24, 2009 by  

Ducks, Geese, & UV

By PJ Maguire Every year waterfowl hunters are bombarded with new equipment and ideas. As waterfowlers there is a lot of stuff we need in order to pursue ducks and geese. A wise goose hunter once told me that in order to be successful, you have to lead the pack and not follow. Since then […]

Bird Band – Duck Band – Goose Band

March 24, 2009 by  

Bird Band – Duck Band – Goose Band

By PJ Maguire Every year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and agencies ran by the states, place leg bands on a variety of birds across the country. Migratory birds, like ducks, geese, and most recently doves are some of the most commonly banded birds. Harvesting a bird sporting a leg band is a special […]

First Time on the X

March 24, 2009 by  

First Time on the X

Richard Kaplan Most of my goose hunting success depends on my ability to run traffic over my decoys. I almost always hunt for geese in a harvested field within a mile of a heavily-used roosting area to ensure that a sufficient number of birds would fly over my decoy spread on their way elsewhere to […]

Hunter’s Choice Waterfowl Regulations

March 24, 2009 by  

Hunter’s Choice Waterfowl Regulations

By Doug Leier About 15 years ago I attended my first Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting. I was a fisheries and wildlife management student at North Dakota State University, and had a goal of one day working in the natural resource field. I decided it might be a positive learning experience to attend […]

2006 Midwest Waterfowl Festival

March 24, 2009 by  

2006 Midwest Waterfowl Festival

By PJ Maguire Right now it is August, and I can feel the fall creeping in. The nights are cooler and the days are shorter. It is time for me to organize decoys, check gear and count the shotgun shells I have remaining from last season. It is also time to check out new gear […]

Sudden Ludden

March 24, 2009 by  

Sudden Ludden

By Chris Hustad Forecast: 40% chance of rain turning to snow with 25-35 mph winds out of the N with winds gusting over 40 mph at times. The day was the last day of goose season in 1990 and it was on that day that I learned the phrase “Sudden Ludden”. And it was the […]

Field Blinds – Are They Losing Effectiveness?

March 24, 2009 by  

Field Blinds – Are They Losing Effectiveness?

By Chris Hustad  In my neck of the prairie, the month of November officially changes our waterfowl season to the late season. While this means changes in rules and regulations such as a season close for canvasbacks and pintails; it also means the rest of the waterfowl world will be tougher to decoy. Try decoying […]

The E-caller. Don’t Go North Without It!

March 24, 2009 by  

The E-caller. Don’t Go North Without It!

By Perry Thorvig Twenty years ago, there were plenty of snow geese in North Dakota by the mid-October. Kenmare, Westhope, Bowbells, Bottineau, Rolla, Rock Lake, Cando, and Devils Lake were the hotspots. There were even a few on the river north of Jamestown in those days. But, those were the good old days. Now, those […]

Hook and Bobber Hunting

March 24, 2009 by  

Hook and Bobber Hunting

By Doug Leier I’ve come up with a new phrase describing how I hunt. Maybe it’s not mine originally, but it effectively describes what I’ve been doing for most of my life. Itxs called hook-and-bobber hunting. My intent is not to degrade how I hunt, or offend anglers who have no desire to use the […]

2005 Spring Light Goose Outlook

March 24, 2009 by  

2005 Spring Light Goose Outlook

By Doug Leier The variables of each hunt, whether from day-to-day, season to season or species to species, are like fingerprints between humans – no two are ever the same. Sure, there are similarities, like spending opening day with the usual crew in the same field year after year. But the unique aspect of hunting […]

The Population Ecology and Population Genetics

March 24, 2009 by  

The Population Ecology and Population Genetics

By Charles Gorecki Lesser Snow Goose is one of three species of snow geese; the other two are the Ross’s Goose and Greater Snow Goose. All three species are migratory waterfowl that fly south each year for the winter and then back north to the arctic tundra in the spring to reproduce. The life history […]

2003 Snow Goose Migration Chronology

March 24, 2009 by  

2003 Snow Goose Migration Chronology

By Perry Thorvig Snow geese begin their migration in late August. By early September, a few of them appear in Saskatchewan. The big migration from and across North and South Dakota occurred on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 30 to November 1 in 2003. The following chronology describes the year’s migration.   September 7-13, 2003 […]

Hot Spring Goose Hunting Gear

March 24, 2009 by  

Hot Spring Goose Hunting Gear

By Chris Hustad There are a lot of new and existing products on the market today that are becoming popular “must have” items for spring goose decoyers in the flyways. Keep your eye on the following products to help make your hunt more efficient and successful. Field Shuttle Decoying spring snow geese is not a […]

Spring Goose Hunting isn’t for the Weak

March 24, 2009 by  

Spring Goose Hunting isn’t for the Weak

By Chris Hustad Spring goose hunting in North Dakota is not for the weak. Whether you’re a decoyer or a sneaker/pass shooter, the mud and weather can make things miserable. I know some pretty hardcore fall goose hunters that won’t even attempt to hunt in the spring. “Too much work” or “Too much mud” or […]

Spring Goose Hunting in North Dakota

March 24, 2009 by  

Spring Goose Hunting in North Dakota

By Doug Leier North Dakota’s spring snow goose conservation season is in progress, but since the birds are just beginning to arrive, it’s a good time to reflect on the past five years of this recent hunting opportunity. The spring conservation season on light geese was one of several responses to an elevated population of […]

Saskatchewan Goose Hunting

March 24, 2009 by  

Saskatchewan Goose Hunting

By Chris Hustad There are moments of waterfowling that you can’t really put into words. An explosion of geese on the horizon that just keeps growing and growing until it’s all around you, literally. Instantly, childhood memories of hunting snow geese had reappeared. And I’m sure some of those same geese I hunted when I […]

Hunting Alone

March 24, 2009 by  

Hunting Alone

By Perry Thorvig Who would think that there is actually a “down side” to having the luxury of a lot of time to hunt? The problem is that it may be difficult to get enough hunting partners to accompany you. My hunting partners usually set aside one long weekend a year to hunt geese in […]

Saskatchewan Waterfowl Hunting 2003

March 24, 2009 by  

Saskatchewan Waterfowl Hunting 2003

By Chris Hustad The snow goose migration was extremely predictable when I was growing up. On the waterfowl opener in North Dakota, you could find my family staging at the Gateway Inn along with a hundred thousand snows along J. Clark Salyer Refuge by Westhope. We didn’t have to question whether or not huntable numbers […]

The Evolving Canada Goose

March 24, 2009 by  

The Evolving Canada Goose

By Jason Phillips Like clockwork the geese left the roost just as the sun rose above the horizon. The geese had their sights on our decoy spread. Our calls matched their mounting excitement as they approached the landing zone, this was the moment that we had all been waiting for. The geese were approaching the […]

North Dakota Hunting Trip – Year 2000

March 24, 2009 by  

North Dakota Hunting Trip – Year 2000

By Perry Thorvig The 2000 trip to North Dakota was nothing less than spectacular. Though there were not many geese around on the second weekend of October, the ducks were everywhere and in big concentrations. Jerry Vandelac and I experienced an uneventful trip until we got to the Munich area. It was there that we […]

The Hilton — Old Goose Hunting Shack in North Dakota

March 24, 2009 by  

The Hilton — Old Goose Hunting Shack in North Dakota

By Perry Thorvig I  suppose that most towns in the popular hunting areas of North Dakota have one. I am referring to a hunting shack that sits vacant the whole year accept for a few weeks during hunting season. This is a story about one of those places that we called the Hilton. The Hilton […]

Snow Goose Hunting After the Blizzard of 2001

March 24, 2009 by  

Snow Goose Hunting After the Blizzard of 2001

By Perry Thorvig The most severe storm that I experienced during the mild winter of 2001-2002 occurred in late October. It had a huge impact on our hunting that weekend. The trip started off in a big snowstorm and ended in another kind of snow-storm. You remember the storm don’t you? It was the one […]

Hooked on Snow Geese

March 24, 2009 by  

Hooked on Snow Geese

By Perry Thorvig Some who have tried it are apathetic when it comes to waterfowl hunting. Most of those that walk away from hunting have failed to have those premier experiences that can hook a hunter forever. This is the story of how four hunters got hooked on North Dakota waterfowling. My brother-in-law, Ken Carlson, […]

The Youngster’s First Hunt

March 24, 2009 by  

The Youngster’s First Hunt

By Perry Thorvig I had waited for several years for the day when my son Erik would be old enough to sit in a North Dakota stubble field and watch the white specks lose altitude and tumble into a decoy spread. Ken Carlson and I had experienced a great flight of birds in 1994 and I […]

The Challenge of Late Season Geese

March 24, 2009 by  

The Challenge of Late Season Geese

By Jason Phillips It was just after 5:00 on an early November afternoon as I watched the sun set in the western sky. It was a particularly spectacular sunset unfortunately I was watching it from the window at work instead of while out scouting for geese. Luckily, my hunting buddies were able to go scouting. […]

2002 Duck Hunting & Goose Hunting Season Recap

March 24, 2009 by  

2002 Duck Hunting & Goose Hunting Season Recap

By Perry Thorvig The 2002 hunting season was a big disappointment. I guess it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and the goose gods saying, “Gotcha!” The first disappointment was that I never got out this spring to chase the snows because of the need to move my […]

North Dakota Or Bust!

March 24, 2009 by  

North Dakota Or Bust!

By Perry Thorvig Some hunters will do anything and endure a lot of hardships to make their annual hunting trek to the North Dakota prairies. I am one of those guys. This story is not about shooting birds and decoy layouts. It is about the adversity we hunters endure to pursue a few flying fowl. […]

Spring Fling

March 24, 2009 by  

Spring Fling

By Perry Thorvig Monday, March 17, 6:05 a.m. A lone Canada’s honk penetrates the pea soup fog and wakes me from my half sleep. It is the morning after a weekend hunting trip. I notice that the furnace has come on and I am starting to feel uncomfortably warm lying in bed. I throw off […]

North Dakota Goose Hunting – A Generation of Change

March 24, 2009 by  

North Dakota Goose Hunting – A Generation of Change

By Perry Thorvig (Part 2 of a 3 Part Series) There have been many changes in waterfowl hunting in North Dakota in 27 years. This is the second of a three part series and describes the changes in waterfowl equipment. Equipment Waterfowl hunting equipment has changed substantially in the last 27 years. Perhaps the biggest […]

Why I Decoy Hunt?

March 24, 2009 by  

Why I Decoy Hunt?

By Perry Thorvig There has been a lot written about the tactics needed to shoot snow geese. There are decoyers, sneakers, pushers and pass-shooters. We will see all kinds this spring as we look for opportunities to thin the population of snow geese. They may all have their place. I am one of the old […]

North Dakota Waterfowling – A Generation of Change

March 23, 2009 by  

North Dakota Waterfowling – A Generation of Change

By Perry Thorvig There have been many changes in waterfowl hunting in North Dakota in the last 27 years. This third part of a three part series covers tactics, communication, and access to information that will enhance the hunting experience. Tactics Despite all the changes in snow goose hunting equipment and decoys, there are still […]

It’s Crunch Time for the 2002 Waterfowl Season

March 23, 2009 by  

It’s Crunch Time for the 2002 Waterfowl Season

By Jason Phillips The 2002 waterfowl season is just around the corner and it’s time for final preparations. For avid waterfowlers, preparation begins at the final sunset on the last day of the previous season. August is crunch time! The planning, preparation and anticipation has reached its climax and everything will soon fall into place […]

Getting Hardcore for the Spring Season

March 23, 2009 by  

Getting Hardcore for the Spring Season

By Jason Phillips The passion that waterfowlers exhibit may be unmatched in outdoor world. This passion is perhaps most evident during the Spring Goose Season. The Spring Season extends the waterfowling season and has become one of the most anticipated times of the year for waterfowlers throughout the flyway. The challenge of decoying birds that […]

Spring Goose Season – A Lesson Learned

March 23, 2009 by  

Spring Goose Season – A Lesson Learned

By Jason Phillips  I  learned a very valuable lesson during the snow goose migration this spring, a lesson that will definitely help me bag more birds next year. The weather in the northern plains this past winter was anything but typical, so it was no surprise that the snow goose migration was also unpredictable which […]

Spring Snow Goose Hunting Ethics

March 23, 2009 by  

Spring Snow Goose Hunting Ethics

By Doug Panchot What does hunting the snow goose in the spring mean to hunters? To many it is another opportunity to get out in the field once again and too enjoy the time with friends and family. Too others it is a mission to go out and shoot as many birds as conceivably possible. […]

The Dawning of A New Waterfowl Season

March 23, 2009 by  

The Dawning of A New Waterfowl Season

By Jason Phillips  As the eastern sky began to show signs of light, our anticipation mounted. We had been looking forward to this moment for months. Day was breaking on the North Dakota Early Canada Goose Season Opener. As the sun began it’s ascent it was evident that it was destined to be a very […]

Too Many Geese?

March 23, 2009 by  

Too Many Geese?

By Jason Phillips As the sun fades in the western sky the splendor of colors serve as a picturesque backdrop for the Canada geese as they return to their roost. This appears to be a sign of success in the dramatic return of resident Canada geese to the Northern Plains. During the height of the […]

Getting Stuck

March 23, 2009 by  

Getting Stuck

By Perry Thorvig The little town of Middle River, Minnesota has an annual goose hunting opening day celebration. They sell beer in plastic mugs that say, “If you ain’t a goose hunter, you ain’t sh*t.” That phrase reminds me of the one that my hunting partner Ken Ziegler says about being stuck. He say’s, “I […]

Early Season Goose Hunting Anticipation

March 23, 2009 by  

Early Season Goose Hunting Anticipation

To many the early September season doesn’t conjure up images of a traditional waterfowling experience. With the potential for temperatures into the 90s and mosquitoes still claiming their throne as kings of the prairie, there is no doubt that the early season is accompanied by some nuisances. However these are minor annoyances that can be […]

Fish / Hunt Swap Stories & New Friends

March 23, 2009 by  

Fish / Hunt Swap Stories & New Friends

By Chris Hustad   It’s 2:30 a.m. on a cold, April Saturday morning. I’m sucking down coffee to make up for the lack of sleep as I pull out of Fargo. We wandered almost 2 hours from home the night before scouting, only to turn around and do it again 6 hours later. But we […]

Winged Migration

March 23, 2009 by  

Winged Migration

By Doug Leier I’ve got a short attention span. In fact, my 9-month-old daughter can stay on task longer than I can. I say it’s a factor of society, the internet, email and cell phones – the “right now” culture that seems to have us trapped. But somehow, that all changes when we get outdoors. […]

Special Goose Seasons Continue

March 23, 2009 by  

Special Goose Seasons Continue

By PJ McQuire September 1st will be the opening day for the 2004 early season Canada goose hunting in North Dakota. The 2004 season will be the sixth time in which the North Dakota Game and fish has allowed the early Season for North Dakota hunters. Once again shooting hours will be one-half hour before […]

The Early Canada Goose Hunting Season

March 23, 2009 by  

The Early Canada Goose Hunting Season

By Doug Leier Not so long ago, in the early 1990s, North Dakota hunters could bag only one Canada goose per day for much of the waterfowl hunting season. The season also ended well before federal frameworks allowed because North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists were cautious about directing too much hunting pressure on […]

Goose Calls Are My Weakness

March 23, 2009 by  

Goose Calls Are My Weakness

By PJ Maguire My first goose call was a Knight & Hale Double Cluck. I don’t believe that I ever got that call to make a single honk. Now that I am older I realized it was not the call, it was me that had the problem. My father bought me a Big River flute […]

What Snow Goose Decoys Should I Buy?

February 14, 2009 by  

What Snow Goose Decoys Should I Buy?

By Chris Hustad I think snow goose hunters spend the most money out of all species of waterfowl hunters (excluding what some duck hunters pay for their boat/accessories). It seems that no matter how many decoys one owns, it’s never enough. Ask anyone who hunts with me and I’m sure they’ll agree that I kind […]

Goose Hunting Tips

February 14, 2009 by  

Goose Hunting Tips

By Chad “diver_sniper” Haabala Each evening when I watch the sun sink down into Montana, I put another X on the calender and tally the number of days left. Not the number of days until my birthday, and no, not the number of days until Christmas, it’s something even better than that. I’m talking about […]

Wind and the Critical Role it Plays

February 14, 2009 by  

Wind and the Critical Role it Plays

By PJ Maguire Picture yourself in a cornfield. It’s late October, the previous night this particular field was lined shoulder to shoulder with Northern mallards. Standing in the headlights of your SUV you toss a few crispy corn petals up in to the air, and watch as a gust of wind takes them back to […]

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