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    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. North Dakota's 2014 deer season opens up Nov 7, 2014 You must obtain an application for a duplicate license from the...
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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 Nick Simonson The law is a repository of the collective human mindset, recorded over time. It is ever-changing as society progresses. As thoughts, minds and hearts jump from one side of Lady Justice's scales to the other - or they decide a matter is important and join a cause - a shift in...
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    By Nick Simonson In my brief foray into bow hunting, I've found that each trip afield, whether I see something or not, is generally exciting. The footsteps of a squirrel or the hopping of a small bird in leaf litter is enough to get my heart pumping. When the steps are a lot louder - like...
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    by Doug Leier As a biologist I deal with aspects of fish and wildlife behavior on a routine basis. Hardly a week goes by that I don't get at least one phone call or email from someone who witnessed an odd, strange, or erratic animal behavior, or saw something in an unusual location. Especially...
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    by Doug Leier Chronic Wasting Disease Questions and Answers In the last two years, two North Dakota deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. These are the first two positive cases discovered in the state among thousands of deer tested over the last decade or so. Here's a closer...
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    By Nick Simonson "Wait…what…how did she, where did she come from?!? Aw crap…no wait, maybe she doesn't see me, she's looking…does she? "WHHHHHT! WHHHHT!" "Guhhh…" My heart never sinks so low as when I know the jig is up; when all the scent killer in the world...
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    by Doug Leier Each year it seems I somehow wind up as part of a large number of hunters who receive a recycled email joke about making beef taste like venison. Most who read it find themselves nodding their head and chuckling, as the masses who've hunted deer can relate to the uneasy...
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    Our Outdoors: DIY Rattling Antlers - Projects with Antlers By Nick Simonson Do you hear that tick-tick-ticking? It's either the second hand of the hall clock marking off the moments until I'm up in the stand on bow opener or it's the beginning of field combat between this year's herd of...
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    By Nick Simonson While in the throes of a hotly contested battle with the seat section of a new 15-foot ladder stand, I took a break from what is now becoming a late summer ritual to get a drink of water and my bearings while looking over the assembly manual. It wasn't the antler...
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    By Nick Simonson At a near run, you step over the crest of the small hill to the other side that leads down to the oak bottom and wonder where the deer bounded after it left your sight. With the scent of gunpowder fading, you follow the sign in the brown leaves and dry grass and look ahead...
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    By Doug Leier Good news for North Dakota deer hunters this year is that the Sportsmen Against Hunger venison donation program is back in full operation Last year, the program only accepted deer donated by bowhunters, because of concerns over the possibility of lead particles from bullets...
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    By Doug Leier North Dakota's recent bounty of white-tailed deer means that more hunters in more places have had a chance to put a deer or two or three in the freezer. That's quite a change from a few short decades ago when deer weren't nearly as plentiful and many hunters made doe licenses...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Do you hear that tick-tick-ticking? It's either the second hand of the hall clock marking off the moments until deer seasons open up around the region or it's the beginning of field combat between this year's herd of whitetail bucks in an attempt to establish...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson I can tell you the exact moment I became addicted to fishing; it happened while standing on the rocks my dad on the shore of the Sheyenne River just below the Baldhill Dam as we landed white bass hand over fist on a warm June Saturday nearly 10 years ago. Clearly, I...
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    By Doug Leier Forget the remaining ducks and geese, step aside roosters and turkeys. It's deer season. Officially the regular gun season runs Nov. 9 through Nov. 25, but make no mistake, deer season takes center stage until the tags are filled and garages are transformed into makeshift...
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    By Richard Burt The most important piece of equipment you will buy for big game hunting in the open plains of North Dakota is a scope for your rifle. I believe that the scope makes the gun, and if you have a budget and have to choose between an inexpensive Weatherby Vanguard with a nice...
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    By Curt Wells Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a bowhunter like the sound of hoof steps behind him. It can paralyze you with terror - unless you're ready for it. I heard that petrifying sound one November morning in North Dakota, just as the day filtered into the trees. It stunned me...
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    By Curt Wells If you've scouted and hunted whitetails long enough you've heard the sirens. They're loud, but you're the only one who can hear them. They go off just as you look around and find yourself standing in a place that has your hunting instincts in full alarm. This place you've...
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    By Doug Leier One of the more frequent concerns I hear about, from nonhunters and hunters alike, is wildlife-human conflicts. Whether it's Canada geese in crops, raccoons in gardens or deer in hay stacks, the list is endless. More often than not, those seeking a means of limiting the...
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