Light Geese Sightings in North Dakota

March 2, 2017 by  
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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  
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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 […]

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 […]

Spring Light Goose Season Up and Running

March 2, 2016 by  
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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 […]

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 […]

Licensing and Certification for Spring Light Goose Season 2015

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 […]

How a Simple Band Helps Scientists Study Bird Behavior

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

Early Canada Goose Season Licensing

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 […]

Hunting Ethics from an Old Soldier

March 25, 2009 by  
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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. […]

Ducks, Geese, & UV

March 24, 2009 by  
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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  
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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 […]

Hunter’s Choice Waterfowl Regulations

March 24, 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 […]

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 […]

North Dakota Goose Hunting – A Generation of Change

March 24, 2009 by  
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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  
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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  
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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 […]

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 […]

Too Many Geese?

March 23, 2009 by  
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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 […]

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. […]

Goose Recipe

February 13, 2009 by  
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Goose Recipe

Here’s some favorite goose recipes of ours. Goose Recipe Ingredients: 4 large goose breasts 6 tablespoons of salt 3 containers of BBQ sauce (kraft works fine, and it’s cheap) 1 container of favorite BBQ sauce (I like Famous Dave’s “Rich and Sassy”) Mustard Hamburger Buns I like to prepare it the night before the hunt, […]

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 […]

Scouting for the Fall

February 13, 2009 by  
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Scouting for the Fall

By Doug Leier  I  hate to bear bad news, but summer is fading faster than the Minnesota Twins. While there is still some time to soak in the last remaining days of August, it’s also a good time to start preparations for autumn and all its splendor. It’s never too soon to begin planning for […]

Crane Hunting Season Is Upon Us

January 29, 2009 by  
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Crane Hunting Season Is Upon Us

By Doug Leier By this time every fall, most hunters can recite opening dates for deer, pheasant and waterfowl seasons. People need to know these things to schedule vacations and coordinate plans with the crew. Some will forget their significant other’s birthday before they forget the date pheasant season opens. But I’d venture to guess […]

The 5 Stages of a Hunter

January 29, 2009 by  
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The 5 Stages of a Hunter

Hunters change through the years. Factors used to determine “successful hunting” change as well for each hunter. A hunter’s age, role models, and his years of hunting experience affect his ideas of “success.” Many hunters may fit into one of the following five groups. In 1975-1980, groups of over 1,000 hunters in Wisconsin were studied, […]

Crane Hunting Season Is Upon Us

January 20, 2009 by  
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Crane Hunting Season Is Upon Us

By Doug Leier By this time every fall, most hunters can recite opening dates for deer, pheasant and waterfowl seasons. People need to know these things to schedule vacations and coordinate plans with the crew. Some will forget their significant other’s birthday before they forget the date pheasant season opens. But I’d venture to guess […]