North Dakota Pheasants – By the Numbers

September 28, 2016 by  
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North Dakota Pheasants – By the Numbers

North Dakota’s pheasant season is just around the corner, but before we take a look at the prospects for hunters on opening day, let’s glance in the rear view mirror for a recent historical recap. Last year, about 85,000 resident and nonresident hunters bagged about 590,000 roosters. That was up just slightly from the 587,000 […]

Pheasant Numbers on the Rise in North Dakota

October 14, 2015 by  
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Pheasant Numbers on the Rise in North Dakota

Even with reduced deer gun hunting opportunities the past several years, I’ll still argue that deer hunting is king in North Dakota in terms of popularity. More than 70,000 prospective hunters continue to apply for regular deer gun season licenses, maintaining the popularity of deer hunting even though fewer than half the hunters who applied […]

Pheasant Population Counts Up Statewide

July 16, 2015 by  
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Pheasant Population Counts Up Statewide

Most hunters don’t apologize if their conversations drift to the coming fall hunting season while they are still enjoying summer fishing, camping or one of many other outdoor activities. We’re prone to keeping one eye on the bobber and another on the calendar while our imagination ponders what the fields and skies might hold this […]

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 […]

Hunter Education and Certification in North Dakota

Hunter Education and Certification in North Dakota

by Doug Leier Since pheasant, grouse and archery deer seasons just ended a couple of weeks ago, don’t blame hunters if they aren’t already planning for next fall. But if you have a child, friend or relative who will need a hunter education certificate in order to purchase a hunting license in 2014, now is […]

Pheasant numbers down leading up to season opening in North Dakota

October 2, 2013 by  
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Pheasant numbers down leading up to season opening in North Dakota

by Doug Leier Parallels are often drawn between sports and the outdoors because it sometimes helps to look at situations from different perspectives. Each season it seems, begins with promise, hope and optimism, along with predictions and prognostications. It’s a scenario that applies to your local high school or college football team, birds, deer or […]

Maintaining Public Hunting Lands & Wildlife Management Areas

Maintaining Public Hunting Lands & Wildlife Management Areas

Doug Leier For most of us, the road traveled matters little once we’ve arrived at our destination. Seldom do we realize – or appreciate – when beginning a pheasant hunt across the prairie, the time and energy it takes to provide access to a public hunting spot. When you get to spend a few hours […]

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 […]

Wildlife Winter Survival

Wildlife Winter Survival

By Doug Leier Many animals have adaptations that help them get through winter, but in some years even those natural defenses are not a sure hedge against death. Some have thick winter coats, and their metabolism slows down. Bears hibernate. Sharp-tailed grouse have feathers out to their toes and other feathers that protect their nostrils from […]

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 […]

Where to Hunt?

August 9, 2012 by  
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Where to Hunt?

By Doug Leier Even though I couldn’t squeak more than a “C” out of college calculus, I’ve always enjoyed thinking through complex questions. It’s the easy ones that sometimes seem to trip me up. And in my position as a State Game and Fish Department outreach biologist, and as a district game warden before that, […]

Tebowing – Late Season Pheasant Hunting

December 6, 2011 by  
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Tebowing – Late Season Pheasant Hunting

By Nick Simonson It’s December, it’s cold, it’s tough going in the field. But somehow, as the season wears on, I find myself out there, still grinding away, searching for a last chance bird or deer with a never-give-up attitude I hoped I’d have at this time of year, way back in October as I […]

The Plight of the Partridge

February 22, 2011 by  
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The Plight of the Partridge

By Doug Leier When it comes to winter and wildlife, we give much time and attention to pheasants and deer. While I won’t begrudge the attention for arguably the two most popular hunted species in North Dakota, there’s a host of other critters working their way through winter with us as well. Some, like the […]

Late Season Compromise

December 10, 2010 by  
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Late Season Compromise

By Nick Simonson When temperatures drop below freezing, my thoughts generally turn to ice fishing. My wife’s thoughts on the other hand, turn to ways to keep me from testing the newly-formed surface of local waters. And as we usually do in our marriage, we have reached a nice compromise on this issue. In the […]

Late Season Pheasant Hunting

December 10, 2010 by  
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Late Season Pheasant Hunting

By Doug Leier For those of us who like to spend as much time as possible on the outside of the window, October is a sort of early Christmas present. Hunting seasons for just about everything are open, and fall fishing can be just as hot as summer, but without humidity and mosquitoes. While crunching […]

CRP Signup Time

August 18, 2010 by  
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CRP Signup Time

By Doug Leier Whether we like it or not, it’s part of human nature to take for granted things that become part of our lives or benefit us over the long term. The only way we can truly appreciate the value of what we have, is to have less of it. In the outdoor world, […]

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 […]

Hunting Sage Grouse

July 20, 2010 by  
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Hunting Sage Grouse

By Doug Leier While it won’t become official until the annual small game hunting proclamation is finalized later this month, it’s a certainty that North Dakota will not have a sage grouse season again this fall. This will mark the third year in a row that the state has not had an open season on […]

All in the Stats

All in the Stats

By Doug Leier I’ve always been intrigued by numbers and the dynamics of statistics. While the numbers themselves, if they are accurate, are more or less facts, the factors contributing to those final statistics are where the real fun comes in. Consider, for instance, last fall’s deer and pheasant harvest numbers. When the North Dakota […]

Late Season Pheasant Hunting

December 9, 2009 by  
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Late Season Pheasant Hunting

By Doug Leier Growing up as a kid in the 1980s, across the prairie from Williston to LaMoure and Valley City, December was a time of transition in our house. After the close of regular deer rifle season, the collection of my Dad’s gear in the “ready” position shifted from primarily hunting, to a mix […]

How to Pheasant Hunt Late Season Roosters in SD

February 18, 2009 by  
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How to Pheasant Hunt Late Season Roosters in SD

By PJ Maguire I  have said it before, and I will say it again. When there is snow on the ground and the sloughs are frozen, that is the best time of the year to hunt pheasants. This year we have had snow and freezing temps across the Midwest during a good part of pheasant […]

PLOTS

February 18, 2009 by  
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PLOTS

By Doug Leier We’re building on a generation of hunters who grew up with the Conservation Reserve Program. Just about half of that generation has never known a North Dakota landscape that did not have at least a few fields marked with a triangular yellow Private Land Open to Sportsmen or PLOTS sign encouraging walk-in […]

Late Season Roosters

February 18, 2009 by  
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Late Season Roosters

By Doug Leier For those of us who like to spend as much time as possible on the outside of the window, October is a sort of early Christmas present. Hunting seasons for just about everything are open, and fall fishing can be just as hot as summer, but without humidity and mosquitoes. While crunching […]

South Dakota Pheasant Hunting

February 18, 2009 by  
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South Dakota Pheasant Hunting

By PJ Maguire My dad said that last weekend was probably the coldest weather he had ever experienced in the field. Even with all the advancements in cold weather clothing, the Midwest winter chill can get you.. These days my dad owns warmer clothing and knows how to dress for the elements. The Friday was […]

Hunting Pheasants – Fried Pheasant Recipe

February 18, 2009 by  
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Hunting Pheasants – Fried Pheasant Recipe

By Doug Leier When I look back over pictures of may dad and I hunting pheasants in the 1980s, it’s not hard to see from the old prints how special these birds were. In this age of taking thousands of digital photos, even 25 years ago a couple of snap shots were usually reserved only […]

Sense of the Pheasant Season

February 18, 2009 by  
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Sense of the Pheasant Season

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The day is finally here – pheasant opener. Many sportsmen have been counting down since about mid-July. And with good reason, it is a time in the field unlike any other. It is a circus of the senses and the experience is remembered not only by birds put in the bag, […]

Classic Pheasant Recipes

February 18, 2009 by  
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Classic Pheasant Recipes

By Nick Simonson If pheasant opener left you with anything, it was most likely, birds in the freezer. The question is how one goes about eating them. No longer are hunters bound by the code of Cream of Mushroom soup and a crock pot. There are many exciting ways to prepare pheasant recipes and what […]

Youth Pheasant Hunting

February 18, 2009 by  
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Youth Pheasant Hunting

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   “I love it when a plan comes together,” is a cult classic phrase said countless times by actor George Peppard in his role as John “Hannibal” Smith on the 1980s action-adventure series, The A-Team. And who doesn’t? When the pieces fall into place for that perfect hunting or fishing trip, […]

Pheasant Facts to Fight the Fever

February 18, 2009 by  
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Pheasant Facts to Fight the Fever

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The countdown on my computer’s screen saver says it all: Nine Days, 18 Hours, 32 Minutes, 14 Seconds. To help time lapse for you, that’s about sunrise on October 14, 2006 – The opening moment of pheasant season. I expect to find myself walking the five-row shelterbelt west of the Simonson […]

The Value of a Safe Hunt

February 18, 2009 by  
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The Value of a Safe Hunt

By Doug Leier Pheasants are plentiful this fall across the prairie. Deer numbers, too, provide plenty of incentive to get out and enjoy what we may someday refer to as “the good old days.” I’m not going to apologize for appreciating the hunting opportunities that should be available this fall of 2006. While game populations […]

Kicking Off the Partridge & Grouse Hunting Season

February 18, 2009 by  
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Kicking Off the Partridge & Grouse Hunting Season

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson “I can’t wait for pheasant season,” my buddy commented as he boated his twelfth 10-inch walleye of the evening. “I can,” I replied as I swept the hook into another of the lake’s small denizens. “What I used to consider the preseason is now the regular season,” I stated as I […]

Pheasant Numbers Looking Up

February 18, 2009 by  
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Pheasant Numbers Looking Up

By Doug Leier August brings with it an array of predictions and prognostications for the upcoming hunting seasons. It’s not much different than gauging the outlook for your local high school or college football team, or trying to guess how well the Vikings will play. It’s a process of reviewing last year’s results, mixing in […]

Get Fit for Upland Hunting

February 18, 2009 by  
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Get Fit for Upland Hunting

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   Safety in the field goes beyond hunter’s education, being aware of your surroundings and knowing your target and what lies beyond it. Personal physical well-being in the field is usually an afterthought, and when it is addressed, it is usually too late. The early upland seasons are a walking hunter’s […]

Wiley Winter Roosters

February 15, 2009 by  
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Wiley Winter Roosters

By Nick Simonson I’ve never seen such wild roosters in my life. Between the games of family poker, the opening of stockings, and Christmas dinner there was holiday hunting, although it was more like a track meet with shotguns. Closing the door on the pickup truck caused the end of the tree row, nearly one […]

Pheasant Hunting Thourgh CRP

February 15, 2009 by  
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Pheasant Hunting Thourgh CRP

By Doug Leier By now I hope most hunters understand the connection between North Dakota’s continued strong pheasant population and the state’s 3.4 million acres of Conservation Reserve Program lands. But if not, here’s a short refresher on what can happen when you take marginal cropland out of production and plant it to grass. In […]

Late Season Pheasant Hunting

February 15, 2009 by  
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Late Season Pheasant Hunting

By Doug Leier Hunting season doesn’t end with the close of deer gun season. In fact, for some hunters the fun is just beginning. While traditional pheasant hunting images resonate strongly with a warm October sun and a crisp morning walk with dew-soaked boots, don’t think for a minute that December pheasant hunting is reserved […]

Fast & Easy Pheasant Cleaning Tips

February 15, 2009 by  
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Fast & Easy Pheasant Cleaning Tips

By Gary Simonson This is a pheasant cleaning tip for anyone out there looking to get the most out of the birds they harvest. Give it a try and post up the results in the recipe forum! Completely skin the bird leaving on the head. Do not gut. Please note these photos were taken at […]

Public Land Roosters

February 15, 2009 by  
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Public Land Roosters

By PJ McQuire “I could have shot that one.” said UND student Nick Anderson, as a Mallard flew over us at the break of dawn, the skyline pink in the East. At that moment there were nine of us sitting on a gravel road just south of Bismarck moments away from the 2004 pheasant season. […]

The Prairie Dancers

February 15, 2009 by  
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The Prairie Dancers

By Doug Leier I  like the emergence of spring on the prairie to an annual visit to Yellowstone National Park – spread over the span of a month. It starts with the arrival of giant Canada geese, already paired off and ready to start nesting when ice and snow are nearly gone. Canada geese are […]

Pheasant Recipes

February 15, 2009 by  
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Pheasant Recipes

Here’s some favorite pheasant recipes of ours. Baked Pheasant Recipe : 1 can (10.75-oz) cream of chicken soup 1/2 cup Apple cider 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 3/4 tsp. Salt 1/3 cup Chopped onion 1 Clove (small) garlic, minced 1 can (4-oz) sliced mushrooms, drained 2 Pheasants Paprika Blend all ingredients except pheasants and paprika. Pour […]

The Importance of the CRP Program

February 15, 2009 by  
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The Importance of the CRP Program

By Robert A. Langager    I grew up in Fargo, ND and Marshall, in southwestern MN. I have spent many autumns chasing waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of MN, ND, and SD. I currently reside in Durham, NC and attend North Carolina State University and am pursuing degrees in Watershed Hydrology and Wetlands […]

Pheasant Hunting Tips – Pheasant Hunting in a Hurricane?

February 15, 2009 by  
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Pheasant Hunting Tips – Pheasant Hunting in a Hurricane?

By Perry Thorvig If you know me, you probably think this article is going to be about hunting around Hurricane Lake in Pierce County. Or, it has something to do with chasing Hurricanes in Florida, Well, it’s not about either of those topics. But, it is about a hurricane. Do you believe in hurricanes in […]

Late Season Pheasant Hunting

February 15, 2009 by  
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Late Season Pheasant Hunting

By Jason Phillips Although the days of tight holding roosters may be behind us, there are still some opportunities for avid upland game hunters. The young of the year birds are now well educated on how to elude hunters and the wily “old” roosters continue to demonstrate how they became old. To this point it […]

One Too Many

February 15, 2009 by  
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One Too Many

By Perry Thorvig Man, I was bushed!! I slid onto a bar stool at Bismarck’s Comfort Inn north of I-94 and ordered a tall brew. The frothy suds went down smoothly and began to quench a mighty thirst. I was well into my second brew when a rather odd looking old character hopped on the […]

Old Farm Creek

February 15, 2009 by  
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Old Farm Creek

By Jason Phillips As the heat of summer is in our midst, crisp fall mornings seem only a distant memory. Now is a great time to reflect on great autumn outdoor memories of years past and look forward to the upcoming season. My mind often drifts to my first hunt. It was a crisp autumn […]