2016 North Dakota Waterfoul Info

September 14, 2016 by  
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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  
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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 […]

Duck Numbers Down Slightly in North Dakota

July 13, 2016 by  
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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 […]

North Dakota’s 2015 Waterfowl Season Set

September 9, 2015 by  
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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  
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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 […]

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear : Turning Clothing into Gear

December 2, 2013 by  
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New Sitka Waterfowl Gear : Turning Clothing into Gear

Waterfowl Hunting Season Opening in North Dakota

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 […]

Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Regulations: Aquatic Nuisance Species

September 11, 2013 by  
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Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Regulations: Aquatic Nuisance Species

Doug Leier For good reason, the State Game and Fish Department makes every effort to explain waterfowl hunting rules and regulations that hunters will need to know as they take the field this fall. This includes daily bag limits, species restrictions, season lengths, special zones and hunting hours. Most of these areas of interest are […]

Survey Estimates – Hunting Seasons Management

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

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 […]

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear

November 30, 2012 by  
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New Sitka Waterfowl Gear

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CRP Loss

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 […]

G+H Weather Vane Decoys Deal

December 12, 2011 by  
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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 […]

Wildlife Biology Career

March 16, 2011 by  
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Wildlife Biology Career

By Doug Leier Sooner or later – most likely later – what feels like spring will arrive. Just looking at the calendar makes that a pretty safe prediction, but I also know that spring is getting closer because of a bump in the volume of calls I get from students and parents looking for guidance […]

2010 Duck Season

September 29, 2010 by  
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2010 Duck Season

By Doug Leier The NFL season opened a few weeks back with many teams having high expectations for a banner year. Such is the case for the North Dakota waterfowl season, which opens Sept. 25 for residents and Oct. 2 for nonresidents. High expectations, however, are not always realized due to factors that no one […]

Looking to Fall in ND

Looking to Fall in ND

By Doug Leier With the Vikings into training camp, regardless of who plays quarterback for the Purple this fall, most experts agree it should be a good season. The same goes for North Dakota’s primary gamebird species this fall. That said, there’s no guarantee and we really won’t know until hunters or football players take […]

Go Green with Mallards

October 20, 2009 by  
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Go Green with Mallards

By Doug Leier The next time you find yourself kicking cans in the shop, killing time at the gas station or coffee shop with the crew, I ask you to raise a question about favorite ducks. No doubt the wood duck would garner a share of votes, and the pintail has subtle grace and definition–that […]

Staying HIP

April 2, 2009 by  
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Staying HIP

By Doug Leier For almost a decade, migratory bird hunters have had to get HIP. No, not the “hip,” that loosely means “aware” or “fashionable” according the Webster’s Dictionary, but HIP, as in registered with the Harvest Information Program. What is HIP? HIP is a survey method developed by states and the U.S. Fish and […]

Ducks vs. Geese

April 2, 2009 by  
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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 […]

The Duck Stamp

April 2, 2009 by  
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The Duck Stamp

By Doug Leier Even if you’re not a duck hunter, I think you’ll appreciate what thousands of duck hunters across the prairie are doing this fall. It’s about as simple a task as you can make it, and much of the time they don’t get enough credit for how they’ve contributed to the good of […]

Dream Hunt

April 2, 2009 by  
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Dream Hunt

By PJ Maguire It was an unbelievable day. The snow was coming down sideways and the birds were committing suicide. I filled my Swan tag with a black neck collared bird that was sporting a tarsus band to boot. I picked the bird out of a decoying flock that came in at first light. Matt […]

Delta Waterfowl

April 2, 2009 by  
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Delta Waterfowl

BISMARCK, ND-Duck hunters from Minnesota to Louisiana are organizing rallies and planning public hearings in an attempt to answer the most nagging question in the outdoors: “Where were the ducks?” Delta Waterfowl President Rob Olson says one reason hunters across the country have been disappointed by recent duck seasons is that the Canadian portion of […]

The Good Old Days

March 30, 2009 by  
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The Good Old Days

By Perry Thorvig The Nodak crew shot the greenheads big time again in this year’s duck opener. They celebrated the tenth anniversary of the breaking of the drought of the 1980s and early 90s. Ironically, we may be heading back into another drought cycle. But, there are still birds around and then can provide some […]

The Streak

March 30, 2009 by  
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The Streak

By Perry Thorvig My brother-in-law, Kenny Carlson, loves to hunt and fish. As most hunters do, he got started hunting during his high school years. Kenny is a lean six-footer. I guess that’s a kind way of saying that he must have been a pretty skinny kid in high school. He was not a Friday […]

Water Up – Ducks Down

March 30, 2009 by  
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Water Up – Ducks Down

By PJ Maguire When flights of ducks returned to the prairies of North Dakota from the south, numbers looked good for the 2004 waterfowl season. The annual spring breeding duck index was the 3rd highest on record, and was up 9% from last year. These numbers were surprising considering that there was a 16% decrease […]

Who’s Going To Look After the Ducks?

March 29, 2009 by  
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Who’s Going To Look After the Ducks?

A Day in the Field With Delta Waterfowl – By Jed Fluhrer Who’s going to look after the ducks? While I have spent many days in the marsh and field scanning the skies for ducks, it wasn’t until I stood in a wetland east of Bismarck, North Dakota surrounded by a group of Cub Scouts […]

All My Heroes are Duck Hunters

March 29, 2009 by  
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All My Heroes are Duck Hunters

By PJ Maguire The Old Man and I spent many summer afternoons discussing the usual topics; investing, religion, fishing and of course duck hunting. He was a strong Catholic, the kind that kept a painting of the last super by the dinner table. We said grace before we ate our meals, and we enjoyed many […]

The Mysterious Coot

March 29, 2009 by  
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The Mysterious Coot

By Doug Leier Have you ever thought about hunting coots? To be honest, most hunters never even consider bagging one and bringing it home, even though they are readily available on many North Dakota waters and regulations allow a daily limit of 15 and a possession limit of 30. But this season, I might think […]

First Forecast

March 25, 2009 by  
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First Forecast

By Perry Thorvig This year’s first comprehensive summary of agency reports and anecdotal observations concerning the prospects for the 2004 waterfowl season. Last month you read that I was pretty discouraged about duck hunting prospects in general because of increased commercialization of the resource. In the space that follows, I will summarize the agency and […]

Survey Says

March 25, 2009 by  
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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 […]

Waterfowl Hunting Memories

March 24, 2009 by  
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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 […]

Bird Band – Duck Band – Goose Band

March 24, 2009 by  
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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 […]

2002 Duck Hunting & Goose Hunting Season Recap

March 24, 2009 by  
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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 […]

It’s Crunch Time for the 2002 Waterfowl Season

March 23, 2009 by  
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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 […]

The Dawning of A New Waterfowl Season

March 23, 2009 by  
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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 […]

Winged Migration

March 23, 2009 by  
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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. […]

Downsizing Your Decoys

February 13, 2009 by  
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Downsizing Your Decoys

By PJ Maguire When I was a young waterfowler, not too many years ago there seemed to be only two brands of decoys: Flambeau and Carry-lite. My first duck and goose decoys were Flambeau and my high school hunting buddy, Matt Gouette, had Carry-lite’s. Nowadays, I cannot page through a waterfowl hunting magazine without seeing […]

Steel Shot Review – Shotgun Pattern Information

February 13, 2009 by  
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Steel Shot Review – Shotgun Pattern Information

Just as each waterfowler has their favorite techniques to pursue waterfowl they also have their preference of shotgun shells. The selection is generally made based of several different factors that include: manufacturer reputation, availability, cost, past experiences, etc. Although each of these may hold some validity the best way to determine which is best for […]

Planning a Waterfowl HuntingTrip to Canada

February 13, 2009 by  
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Planning a Waterfowl HuntingTrip to Canada

By Justin Gatzke Well, it is getting down to crunch time. We are officially less than two months away from the big waterfowl hunting trip to Canada. Coordinating a hunting trip can be a series of headaches if you let it overwhelm you. There is lodging to find, licenses to buy, trailers to stuff, and […]

Hunter’s Choice Waterfowl Regulations

February 13, 2009 by  
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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 […]

Duck Hunting Field Tactics & Tips

February 13, 2009 by  
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Duck Hunting Field Tactics & Tips

By Chris Hustad There’s a lot of different ways to hunt ducks. You can field hunt, open water hunt, hunt shallow potholes, hunt flooded timber, pass shoot refuges, etc. etc. Every state has it’s own unique landscape, it’s own flyways, it’s own style of hunting. This philosophy definitely applies to duck hunting in North Dakota. […]

Duck Recipe

February 13, 2009 by  
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Duck Recipe

Here’s some favorite duck recipes of ours. Orange Duck Recipe : 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil 1/3 Cup of Orange Juice 2 Tablespoons Grated Orange Peel 1/2 Cup Can of Peaches, Pureed 1/2 Cup Can of Pineapple, Pureed 1/3 Cup Whipping Cream 1 Tsp. Bacon Drippings 2 Tablespoon Butter 1/2 Tsp. Chopped Fresh Garlic 1 […]