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    by Doug Leier In 2013, North Dakota has fewer deer licenses than in any year since 1983, and anyone who was lucky enough to receive a license can only have one for the deer gun season. That's a big change from even five years ago when the state allocated more than twice as many licenses as...
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    by Doug Leier It's a safe assumption that few hunters ever leave home thinking, "I just might end up in a hunting accident today." That's no different than a farmer doing field work or a family just going for a Sunday drive. We seldom assume the worst, but we also buckle up our seat belt...
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    by Doug Leier Over the holidays I bumped into an old high school friend, and true to form for a couple of guys who love the outdoors and also have young families, we began sharing memories of outdoor activities. Living in Montana, Jon has had the opportunity to hunt elk in the same manner we...
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    By Doug Leier I live in a great neighborhood. While most people think their neighborhood is the best, I know mine is. I'm not trying to pick a fight, but it's the best I could ask for, with a mixture of ages and backgrounds probably not much different than many neighborhoods in the state...
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    By Debra Nelson Last year I joined my husband at the archery range with my new Mathews Mission compound bow. I hadn't really planned on hunting until I used a judo point on a gopher! Now, there is disagreement on whether I actually hit it or not but that gopher did not show up anymore when I...
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    By Nick Simonson As sundown approached one evening, I heard a loud series of crashes in the ten acres of old elms behind me. The repeated footsteps thrashing the leaves and twigs were far more aggressive than those of the doe and fawn that had crept out of the trees a half hour earlier to the...
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    By Nick Simonson As a beginning bow hunter, I fall victim to what I'm sure are rookie mistakes. The sound of a squirrel on the ground, rustling through leaves for a bite of food is about all it takes to get my heart pumping and I find myself overamped at the noise. However, I am becoming more...
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    By Doug Leier More than 30 years ago, when the North Dakota Game and Fish Department began managing deer in smaller units and issuing a specific number of buck or doe licenses - for example, 38,000 total licenses in 1980 - some "want to be" potential deer hunters actually had to stay home...
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    My guess is that most deer hunters don't tire of the "Turdy Point Buck" tune on the radio until the backside of deer season. For a change, though, I'd sure enjoy listening to a refrain about hunting doe in North Dakota. Then again, doe hunting doesn't quite get the credit it deserves. In fact...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Part 1 of a 2-Part Story This year's deer season was make-or-break for me. In past years, I had been unwilling or unable to put in the time to become proficient with a rifle. There was always something else to do like fishing for bass or hunting upland game...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Part 2 of a 2-Part Story With a blink of my eyes, I was asleep after dinner and awake long before the rest of the house. I jumped into my hunting clothes and donned blaze orange for day two of the November chase. My host, free from the burdens of work, picked...
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    By Curt Wells If you're from North Dakota you take a lot of grief about how cold the winters are. It's just a fact of life. It's also a fact that many of us like the cold weather, or more accurately, the change of seasons. But the cold weather does a couple of other things too. It makes our...
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    By Doug Leier This time of year, I don't need to look at the North Dakota Outdoors calendar on my wall to know that deer season is here. Any time during November, when I walk in the door at the local coffee shop, I quickly realize that while pheasant and waterfowl seasons draw thousands of...
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    By Doug Leier Take a look at the calendar and you'll realize that this year's season begins on the latest possible date under the State Game and Fish Department's roster of standardized opening dates. As Cliff Clavin, the know-it-all postal worker from the television series "Cheers" might...
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    By Doug Leier About 20 years ago the city of Bismarck, working with the State Game and Fish Department, developed an urban archery hunt to help control a growing deer population within the city limits. Two decades later, the deer population is much lower, reports of human-deer conflicts are...
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    By the Nodak Outdoors Community During the past month, I asked the Deer Hunting forum here at Nodak Outdoors to share some of their offseason deer hunting tips. While many you may already practice or be aware of, our community had some deer hunting tips to share. Deer Hunting Tips "Scout...
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    By Bill Lytle Well as we all know some parts of the state have had their first frost and with this first frost comes many things. We start to lose some of those mosquitoes that have been a pain in our butts the first few weeks of the season but also we need to try and reposition ourselves...
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    By Doug Leier As October fades into November, for many people thoughts of ducks are replaced by visions of bucks. As we head into another season my mind is full of thoughts of buck fever. In essence, the fever is an adrenaline rush, triggered by a deer, that sometimes causes hunters to do...
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    By Doug Leier Opening day of deer season 2004 is in the books. Traditions have been kept alive, memories added to the family tree, and possibly the birth of a local legend or two. I've never been much of an opening day deer hunter, but from 1996 to 2000 I was a state game warden, first in...
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    By Andrew Gegelman In recent days, the art of spot and stalk hunting has been overshadowed by the use of tree stands and ground blinds. With everyone's busy schedules it is hard to find the time to spend either learning how to spot and stalk, or refining your already learned techniques. The...
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