North Dakota Deer Hunting FAQ

October 29, 2014 by  
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North Dakota Deer Hunting FAQ

Every year, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. You must obtain an application for a duplicate license from the Game and Fish Department – by calling (701) 328-6300 or printing it off the website at gf.nd.gov […]

Safety First this Deer Hunting Season

November 6, 2013 by  
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Safety First this Deer Hunting Season

by Doug Leier   It’s a safe assumption that few hunters ever leave home thinking, “I just might end up in a hunting accident today.” That’s no different than a farmer doing field work or a family just going for a Sunday drive. We seldom assume the worst, but we also buckle up our seat […]

Get to the (Antler) Point

March 22, 2013 by  
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Get to the (Antler) Point

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

Trail Cam Deer Hunting

September 12, 2012 by  
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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 – […]

Deer Hunting – North Dakota Winter Gathering

February 1, 2012 by  
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Deer Hunting – North Dakota Winter Gathering

by Doug Leier As a biologist I deal with aspects of fish and wildlife behavior on a routine basis. Hardly a week goes by that I don’t get at least one phone call or email from someone who witnessed an odd, strange, or erratic animal behavior, or saw something in an unusual location. Especially when […]

Deer Hunting – CWD Q & A

November 17, 2011 by  
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Deer Hunting – CWD Q & A

by Doug Leier Chronic Wasting Disease Questions and Answers In the last two years, two North Dakota deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. These are the first two positive cases discovered in the state among thousands of deer tested over the last decade or so. Here’s a closer look at CWD with some […]

Deer Hunting Tips

November 14, 2011 by  
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Deer Hunting Tips

By Nick Simonson “Wait…what…how did she, where did she come from?!?  Aw crap…no wait, maybe she doesn’t see me, she’s looking…does she? “WHHHHHT!  WHHHHT!” “Guhhh…” My heart never sinks so low as when I know the jig is up; when all the scent killer in the world isn’t enough to cover up a stupid mistake […]

Deer Hunting Tips – Meat Preparation

November 10, 2011 by  
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Deer Hunting Tips – Meat Preparation

by Doug Leier Each year it seems I somehow wind up as part of a large number of hunters who receive a recycled email joke about making beef taste like venison. Most who read it find themselves nodding their head and chuckling, as the masses who’ve hunted deer can relate to the uneasy truthfulness of […]

Projects with Antlers

September 12, 2011 by  
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Projects with Antlers

Our Outdoors: DIY Rattling Antlers – Projects with Antlers By Nick Simonson Do you hear that tick-tick-ticking? It’s either the second hand of the hall clock marking off the moments until I’m up in the stand on bow opener or it’s the beginning of field combat between this year’s herd of whitetail bucks in an […]

Treestand Safety

August 23, 2010 by  
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Treestand Safety

By Nick Simonson While in the throes of a hotly contested battle with the seat section of a new 15-foot ladder stand, I took a break from what is now becoming a late summer ritual to get a drink of water and my bearings while looking over the assembly manual. It wasn’t the antler fever-inducing […]

Taxidermy Tips

November 5, 2009 by  
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Taxidermy Tips

By Nick Simonson At a near run, you step over the crest of the small hill to the other side that leads down to the oak bottom and wonder where the deer bounded after it left your sight. With the scent of gunpowder fading, you follow the sign in the brown leaves and dry grass […]

Sportsmen Against Hunger

November 2, 2009 by  
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Sportsmen Against Hunger

By Doug Leier Good news for North Dakota deer hunters this year is that the Sportsmen Against Hunger venison donation program is back in full operation Last year, the program only accepted deer donated by bowhunters, because of concerns over the possibility of lead particles from bullets remaining in processed venison. In North Dakota, the […]

Taking Care of Your Deer After Harvest

February 20, 2009 by  
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Taking Care of Your Deer After Harvest

By Doug Leier North Dakota’s recent bounty of white-tailed deer means that more hunters in more places have had a chance to put a deer or two or three in the freezer. That’s quite a change from a few short decades ago when deer weren’t nearly as plentiful and many hunters made doe licenses their […]

Making Your Own Deer Hunting Rattlers

February 20, 2009 by  
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Making Your Own Deer Hunting Rattlers

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Do you hear that tick-tick-ticking? It’s either the second hand of the hall clock marking off the moments until deer seasons open up around the region or it’s the beginning of field combat between this year’s herd of whitetail bucks in an attempt to establish dominance. From Sunday morning hunting shows […]

Managing Food Plots

February 20, 2009 by  
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Managing Food Plots

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson I  can tell you the exact moment I became addicted to fishing; it happened while standing on the rocks my dad on the shore of the Sheyenne River just below the Baldhill Dam as we landed white bass hand over fist on a warm June Saturday nearly 10 years ago. Clearly, […]

Common Questions on Deer Hunting Regulations

February 20, 2009 by  
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Common Questions on Deer Hunting Regulations

By Doug Leier Forget the remaining ducks and geese, step aside roosters and turkeys. It’s deer season. Officially the regular gun season runs Nov. 9 through Nov. 25, but make no mistake, deer season takes center stage until the tags are filled and garages are transformed into makeshift processing plants. Between the hash marks of the […]

Choosing a Scope

February 20, 2009 by  
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Choosing a Scope

By Richard Burt The most important piece of equipment you will buy for big game hunting in the open plains of North Dakota is a scope for your rifle. I believe that the scope makes the gun, and if you have a budget and have to choose between an inexpensive Weatherby Vanguard with a nice […]

FIVE STEP PROGRAM FOR QUALITY WHITETAILS

February 20, 2009 by  
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FIVE STEP PROGRAM FOR QUALITY WHITETAILS

By Curt Wells Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a bowhunter like the sound of hoof steps behind him. It can paralyze you with terror – unless you’re ready for it. I heard that petrifying sound one November morning in North Dakota, just as the day filtered into the trees. It stunned me because […]

Bucks of the Vortex

February 20, 2009 by  
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Bucks of the Vortex

By Curt Wells If you’ve scouted and hunted whitetails long enough you’ve heard the sirens. They’re loud, but you’re the only one who can hear them. They go off just as you look around and find yourself standing in a place that has your hunting instincts in full alarm. This place you’ve discovered, either by […]

Deer Proof Landscaping

February 20, 2009 by  
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Deer Proof Landscaping

By Doug Leier One of the more frequent concerns I hear about, from nonhunters and hunters alike, is wildlife-human conflicts. Whether it’s Canada geese in crops, raccoons in gardens or deer in hay stacks, the list is endless. More often than not, those seeking a means of limiting the disturbance of wildlife on their priority […]

Small-Bore Centerfire Performance on Big Game

February 20, 2009 by  
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Small-Bore Centerfire Performance on Big Game

By Burl Johnson I am, and have been for a very long time, an avid reader of hunting books and magazines. You know those things you wish you had the money from? Mine is to have invested that magazine money in energy stocks in the last three years. But many of the sporting magazines offer truly […]

Trophy Buck – Nelson Buck

February 19, 2009 by  
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Trophy Buck – Nelson Buck

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The traffic has been steady coming into Quality Alignment and Brake Center, but many visitors aren’t stopping in for tune ups. Brian Nelson, part owner of the Valley City business is the main draw these days after taking what many are calling the largest buck shot in Barnes County in several […]

Late Season Bow Hunting

February 19, 2009 by  
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Late Season Bow Hunting

By Curt Wells If you’re from North Dakota you take a lot of grief about how cold the winters are. It’s just a fact of life. It’s also a fact that many of us like the cold weather, or more accurately, the change of seasons. But the cold weather does a couple of other things […]

Hi-Vis Decoying – Deer Decoy Strategies

February 19, 2009 by  
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Hi-Vis Decoying – Deer Decoy Strategies

By Curt Wells I  hate it when a buck doesn’t pay attention. My soft grunts turned into pig-like snarffles as the big eight-pointer just kept striding away, into the stiff breeze. He crossed a small open meadow, then dropped into a creekbottom and up the other side. When he reached level ground again he finally […]

Offseason Deer Hunting Tips

February 19, 2009 by  
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Offseason Deer Hunting Tips

By the Nodak Outdoors Community During the past month, I asked the Deer Hunting forum here at Nodak Outdoors to share some of their offseason deer hunting tips. While many you may already practice or be aware of, our community had some deer hunting tips to share. Deer Hunting Tips “Scout, Shed hunting, Scout, Repair or […]

Venison Recipes Come in All Forms

February 19, 2009 by  
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Venison Recipes Come in All Forms

By Doug Leier When it comes to fish and wild game cooking, Uncle Lynn is the beginning and the end, though you may have to take this with a grain … err, dash of salt and pinch of pepper. His wild game cooking philosophy permeates from the mantra of “don’t hide the flavor, work with […]

Pronghorn Antelope Migrations

February 19, 2009 by  
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Pronghorn Antelope Migrations

By Doug Leier When the topic is migration, most of us think about birds. Seldom do we associate migration with big game animals, such as moose or elk. In western North Dakota, however, an ongoing study is shedding some interesting light on a big game species that does migrate. Pronghorns, also commonly called antelope, even […]

Time to Move Your Tree Stand

February 19, 2009 by  
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Time to Move Your Tree Stand

By Bill Lytle  Well as we all know some parts of the state have had their first frost and with this first frost comes many things. We start to lose some of those mosquitoes that have been a pain in our butts the first few weeks of the season but also we need to try […]

The Problem with Buck Fever

February 19, 2009 by  
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The Problem with Buck Fever

By Doug Leier As October fades into November, for many people thoughts of ducks are replaced by visions of bucks. As we head into another season my mind is full of thoughts of buck fever. In essence, the fever is an adrenaline rush, triggered by a deer, that sometimes causes hunters to do something that […]

Early Season Deer Hunting Tips

February 19, 2009 by  
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Early Season Deer Hunting Tips

By Andrew Gegelman With the bow hunting season quickly approaching, there’s a few tips to early season preparation that I feel are crucial to success. Most importantly is to not overlook the importance of scouting late in the summer, and preparing your stands well in advance to drawing your bow. As the month of August […]

Spot And Stalk Hunting – The Lost Art

February 19, 2009 by  
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Spot And Stalk Hunting – The Lost Art

By Andrew Gegelman In recent days, the art of spot and stalk hunting has been overshadowed by the use of tree stands and ground blinds. With everyone’s busy schedules it is hard to find the time to spend either learning how to spot and stalk, or refining your already learned techniques. The techniques of the […]

Still Hunting Strategies

February 19, 2009 by  
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Still Hunting Strategies

By Andrew Gegelman  The most successful hunters have learned to still hunt when stand hunting is not producing, or when the weather makes sneaking through the woods the best strategy to bag a deer. The best days for still hunting are rainy and windy days; both types of weather are normally below average for game […]

Pre-Rut Calling Strategies

February 19, 2009 by  
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Pre-Rut Calling Strategies

By Andrew Gegelman Finally…the air gets cooler, the leaves change colors, and that wonderful smell of fall is in the air. You watch as geese effortlessly soar through the air on their yearly trip southward. It is an awesome time of year to be in the outdoors. It also means that “prime time” is approaching. […]

Bow Tuning 101

February 19, 2009 by  
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Bow Tuning 101

By Andrew Gegelman For most bow hunters, tuning their bow means being able to hit what they are aiming at. And for others they just hope their bow will become tuned by itself. But they are wrong. Tuning your bow now might mean the difference between trophy and tragedy. First things first, you should not […]

Dominating the Rut

February 19, 2009 by  
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Dominating the Rut

By Andrew Gegelman Finally it is here, the Rut!! It is a time of craziness, bucks moving all hours of the day in pursuit of hot does, seeing deer that you have only imagined. One minute the woods can be silent the next there can be deer all around you. The trophy you have always […]

Reevaluating Your Season

February 19, 2009 by  
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Reevaluating Your Season

By Andrew Gegelman With hunting season now over, I like to look back on the previous season and remember my achievements, and failures. It seems like an eternity until next fall when we can get back into the woods in search of our personal trophies. Everyone likes to take up different activities to get us […]

Fletching Arrows

February 19, 2009 by  
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Fletching Arrows

By Andrew Gegelman It might be spring, even though it does not feel like it. I mean come on, snow in the middle of May? Not a lot of hunting to do right now, but soon we will be back in the field in search of what ever game we choose. While there might not […]

Bow Hunting New Ground

February 18, 2009 by  
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Bow Hunting New Ground

By Andrew Gegelman  For most of us, sometime in our lives we will have to move to another town or another state. When this happens, like it recently did to me, you also move from your favorite hunting grounds, leaving behind those primo stands that months and years of work and fine tuning got you. […]

Flinch-Free Firing – Rifle Shooting Technique

February 13, 2009 by  
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Flinch-Free Firing – Rifle Shooting Technique

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson An old neighbor of mine who was just as good at busting sporting clays on the skeet range as he was at busting my chops regarding my tales of fishing and hunting misadventure, asked me what my problem was when he read I didn’t get a deer on opening weekend a […]