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    When it comes to conversations about hunting and fishing, it's pretty easy to understand when someone relates they caught a five-pound walleye or bagged a limit of mallards. For me, those references bring to mind a stream of different fish and fowl I've seen, caught or shot for a comparative...
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    Even if hunters are enjoying the variety of fall hunting seasons - from ducks, geese, pheasants and grouse - November is deer season, and most of the questions coming in have to do with deer or deer hunting. Hunters with further questions are encouraged to call the Game and Fish Department at...
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    North Dakota's deer season is no longer weeks away, and if you haven't had time to work through the list of reminders, you are not alone. That's why every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides the answers to questions asked by deer hunters who want to clarify rules and...
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    Archery deer hunting has expanded in popularity in North Dakota over the years. Even as deer numbers have fallen from record highs a decade ago, bow license sales have increased. With North Dakota's archery deer season opening Friday, Sept. 2 at 12 noon Central time, it's a good time for a few...
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    As the sun sets on the 2015 deer gun season, the State Game and Fish Department is already well into the process of thinking about next year and beyond. Agency biologists and administrators are close to finalizing a new plan that will guide deer management for the next five years, with a goal...
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    With deer season in full swing, it's a good time to take a look at a couple of diseases that can influence the state's deer populations. As we all know, wildlife can get diseases, just like humans. In a recent North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Dr. Dan Grove, the Department's...
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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. Q - What is the proper procedure for tagging a deer? (Photocredit: NDGF) A - The law says upon taking possession of...
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    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...
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    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...
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    by Doug Leier While it's a long way from the nearest big game hunting season, the last month or so has had its fair share of North Dakota big game hunting news. Harvest statistics for moose, elk and bighorn sheep came out in February, followed by 2015 moose and elk season details in early...
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    By Doug Leier Most years there's no shortage of attention grabbers in late fall, with deer season coming and going and the wrap-up of fall sports and harvest and the early stages of the holidays. The Game and Fish Department's fall mule deer survey indicates an improving population...
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    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. Deer management in North Dakota will likely be a topic of interest at upcoming Game and Fish advisory...
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    By Doug Leier Growing up in rural North Dakota, I don't think my parents would argue that I likely ate as many grouse, duck, partridge and venison meals as pizza. In LaMoure, where at the time "fast food" was rabbit or pronghorn, a frozen pizza or rare evening at the Big Cone was a treat...
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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 Yes, I know it's late May and for most people it's the season for fishing, camping, boating and just soaking in the sights, sounds and warmth of spring. But for North Dakotans, it's also the last week or so leading up to the 2014 deer license application deadline on June 4. So...
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    by Doug Leier Most of us would already assume that April is a busy month for fisheries biologists, as ice-out brings pike spawning, then walleye spawning and initiation of all the other management work that corresponds to open water. Perhaps not so well known is that April is also a busy...
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    by Doug Leier For the last decade or so, North Dakota has had around 100,000 active deer hunters, plus or minus a few thousand in any given year. All of us should be interested in the upcoming series of deer management meetings the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled around...
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    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...
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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 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. I can't find my deer license. What should I do? You must obtain an application for a duplicate license...
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