North Dakota Game and Fish Public Meetings Scheduled

November 23, 2016 by  
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North Dakota Game and Fish Public Meetings Scheduled

Several decades ago, the state legislature created an advisory board for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. One of the results of that is that each fall and spring, advisory board members host public meetings in their district. These public meetings provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask […]

Should Fish Length Limits Be Introduced in North Dakota?

Should Fish Length Limits Be Introduced in North Dakota?

Throughout the last 20-plus years, since the drought-busting summer of 1993, many fishing waters in North Dakota have had fish populations that peaked, declined and then peaked even higher. Within that same time period, State Game and Fish Department biologists have had many discussions internally, and with concerned anglers, about whether some type of “length […]

How to Become a North Dakota Game and Fish Warden

June 10, 2015 by  
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How to Become a North Dakota Game and Fish Warden

One of the more common questions asked of any Game and Fish employee, whether it’s over the phone, through friends, via email, or at the grocery store, is: “How do you get a job as a game warden?” I get variations of this question frequently when the topic of my occupation comes up in conversations […]

Some Thoughts on the 2015 Deer Hunting Season

Some Thoughts on the 2015 Deer Hunting Season

The late Dean Hildebrand, North Dakota Game and Fish Department director from 1996 through 2005, had a number of quotes that typically connected his small town North Dakota roots to the management of hunting, fishing and conservation in the state of North Dakota. One of those that is appropriate now, since details of the 2015 […]

News and Notes for ND Hunters and Anglers

News and Notes for ND Hunters and Anglers

By Doug Leier Every so often I catch myself with a few pieces of news and notes that might not generate a full column, but are worthy of passing along as reminders. Here’s what I’ve got for you this week. Tracking North Dakota Legislation For starters, with the 2015 North Dakota legislative session underway, tracking  […]

Proposed Opening Days for 2015 Hunting Season

January 21, 2015 by  
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Proposed Opening Days for 2015 Hunting Season

By Doug Leier Most hunting seasons wrapped up with the Jan. 4 closure of small game and archery deer seasons. While those coveted opening days are now more than half a year away, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to fall 2015. For many hunters, the long- and short-term planning is part of […]

Don’t Forget These Rules When You’re Out on the Ice

January 14, 2015 by  
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Don’t Forget These Rules When You’re Out on the Ice

By Doug Leier Some years in mid-January, ice fishing is just getting into full swing. But that’s certainly not the case this winter. Because of a prolonged cold spell that hit right after the deer opener, some folks have been on the ice since before Thanksgiving. On the other hand, many hunters have just recently […]

Want to be a Game Warden? You’ve Got Your Chance on December 29

November 26, 2014 by  
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Want to be a Game Warden? You’ve Got Your Chance on December 29

By Doug Leier Leading off with, “It seems like yesterday,” is a pretty good qualifier to acknowledge I’m not a kid anymore. Fact is, it’s been 20 years since I took my final college exam, and also took the North Dakota Game and Fish Department game warden exam, which is the first step in the […]

FAQ About Proposed Changes To 2015 Deer License Regulations

November 19, 2014 by  
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FAQ About Proposed Changes To 2015 Deer License Regulations

By Doug Leier Every fall, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meetings, which typically start the day after deer gun season ends, are a forum to talk deer hunting. This year, there’s a new proposal for distributing deer licenses on the table for 2015, which will no doubt add to the conversation. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Make the Most of Your PLOTS Experience This Fall

October 17, 2014 by  
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Make the Most of Your PLOTS Experience This Fall

By Doug Leier The popularity of North Dakota’s Private Land Open to Sportsmen program has created somewhat of an expectation for hunters. This year, the state has roughly 735,000 acres in the program and many hunters use these areas for at least some of their hunting experiences. And that’s basically the primary intention of PLOTS […]

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 […]

The Many Hats of Game & Fish

October 1, 2014 by  
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The Many Hats of Game & Fish

By Doug Leier My job as an outreach biologist is everything from working with local media and civic and school groups, to checking on possible fish kills, and even surveillance of moose or other critters in places we’d rather not have them. I enjoy the variety and never pursued a career in natural resources with […]

How to Report a Game Violation

September 18, 2014 by  
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How to Report a Game Violation

By Doug Leier With fall hunting seasons rolling out almost every week now since Labor Day weekend, I field, hear and read many discussions on rules, regulations, poaching and “what if” scenarios. Sometimes they’re as simple as what to do or who to call if you witness something suspicious, like someone shooting at ducks during […]

Don’t Forget to Participate in the 2014 Upland Game Wing Survey

Don’t Forget to Participate in the 2014 Upland Game Wing Survey

By Doug Leier As a life-long resident of North Dakota, I take pride in knowing that hunters contribute more to our outdoor heritage than just license dollars. Something as simple as voluntarily reporting violations goes a long way to assist game wardens in doing their jobs, and many poachers are caught each year because hunters […]

Sometimes I Miss Mending Fences…

September 4, 2014 by  
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Sometimes I Miss Mending Fences…

By Doug Leier Like a lot of people my age and older, my early impression of a wildlife professional was the Marlon Perkins/Jim Fowler “Wild Kingdom” type who millions of people got to see working directly with wild animals in exotic places. At age 18, in my first summer of field work for the U.S. […]