Hunting and Fishing Bills in North Dakota

Hunting and Fishing Bills in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   The 2015 North Dakota legislative session recently wrapped up. While the number of bills related to hunting, fishing, trapping and outdoor recreation was down somewhat from previous years, it was still a busy session as the North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 23 outdoors-related bills, 12 of which were passed […]

Deer Hunting Numbers in North Dakota

Deer Hunting Numbers in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   One of the primary benchmarks that North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists use to assess deer populations and hunter satisfaction is the success rate by gun hunters. Over time, a success rate of around 70 percent means hunters are generally satisfied with deer numbers and hunting opportunities. Last year, the […]

Youth Wildlife Programs in North Dakota

Youth Wildlife Programs in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   My interest in fishing and hunting began long before specific opportunities we’re designed to encourage young hunters and anglers. The 1980s didn’t have youth deer, waterfowl and pheasant seasons, or special turkey licenses, just to name just a few. I do remember that the local Jaycee’s sponsored some youth BB gun […]

Game Warden Statistics for North Dakota

Game Warden Statistics for North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides a report on the number of citations issued by state game wardens the previous year. The statistics for 2014, recently published in the February 2015 issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine, carry some not-so-positive news: Game wardens cited a record number […]

Licensing and Regulation Reminders for Spring Season

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 […]

Bald Eagle Sightings in North Dakota

February 27, 2015 by  
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Bald Eagle Sightings in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Last week driving near the Fargodome in north Fargo, I was scanning the road ahead and I spotted a bald eagle. Then another. Then another. One of my kids noticed it, but the others in the car didn’t seem too interested. We didn’t stop. I didn’t turn down the radio, point, […]

Fishing Creel Surveys in North Dakota

Fishing Creel Surveys in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Most of my life I’ve been curious and inquisitive on how different factors influence what we do, where we go and how we spend our time and money outdoors. So I’ll be very interested in the results of an ice fishing survey the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is conducting […]

Watchable Wildlife Program Projects

Watchable Wildlife Program Projects

by Doug Leier   When you stop and focus as you are driving or walking across North Dakota, you’ll realize the majority of wild animals don’t fall into the “game” or “hunted” category. And yet, the few species for which hunting or fishing is allowed attract the lion’s share of concerns from people who enjoy […]

The Best of Ice Fishing in North Dakota

December 17, 2014 by  
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The Best of Ice Fishing in North Dakota

By Doug Leier When I think of what “good ice fishing” means, I have to approach it from two different time sets. In one set, I think of myself as a young kid in LaMoure in the 1980s, ice fishing with my dad. We’d spend our time sitting on 5-gallon buckets and even straw bales, […]

Hunting Highlights from 125 Years of Statehood

October 22, 2014 by  
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Hunting Highlights from 125 Years of Statehood

By Doug Leier As North Dakota gives pause to acknowledge its 125th anniversary of statehood, much will be made of its history, and thoughts of how the state will age into the future. And some of that history will revolve around wildlife and the outdoors, from the fur trade that attracted early explorers, to decimation […]

Fall Proghorn Season is On in North Dakota

Fall Proghorn Season is On in North Dakota

by Doug Leier I cross-reference many outdoor signature dates with kids and sports. For whatever reason, my mind keeps sports milestones less convoluted than birthdays and anniversaries. So believe me when I tell you, the last time North Dakota hunters were offered a chance to draw a pronghorn license, my beloved Minnesota Twins were still in the Metrodome, and they made the […]

Fishing the Waters of North Dakota

Fishing the Waters of North Dakota

by Doug Leier In 1988 I was a sophomore in high school. I was more than happy to catch a few perch, walleye or northern pike, and sometimes even bullheads. It seems I never had a problem finding the yellow-bellied, numerous-yet-undesirable fish, even when the number of fishing waters was half what it is now. […]