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    Let's cut to the chase this week and get to the important details of the 2016 waterfowl hunting seasons. Technically, they already started with early goose in mid-August, and now continue on with youth weekend, the resident opener and regular opener on three consecutive weekend. Biologists...
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    For hunters my age, the acronym HIP associated with the outdoors isn't anything new. While anywhere beyond two decades ago, HIP might have meant "aware" or "fashionable," to those of us familiar with the migratory bird hunting world today, it also refers to the Harvest Information Program...
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    During mid-July we obviously note the sun is setting a bit earlier, the small grains are nearing harvest and the August 15 early Canada goose opener is nearing and hunters can begin to form plans for the fall hunting seasons. In the past few weeks the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has...
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    One of the final pieces of North Dakota's fall hunting picture is the setting of waterfowl season. While the moose and elk season was set way back in March, followed by deer, pronghorn, small game and fall turkey, waterfowl must wait until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes the...
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    In the coming weeks when thousands of North Dakota hunters will go through the annual ritual of buying a federal duck stamp, most people will notice a change or two. One of those changes is a price increase from $15 to $25 passed by Congress and signed into law late last year. It was the first...
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    by Doug Leier Many hunters these days are bemoaning a downward population trend for deer and pheasants in North Dakota. On the other hand, for 2013 at least, duck and goose populations are in good shape and can provide opportunities that hunters may not want to overlook. Opening day for North...
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    Doug Leier For good reason, the State Game and Fish Department makes every effort to explain waterfowl hunting rules and regulations that hunters will need to know as they take the field this fall. This includes daily bag limits, species restrictions, season lengths, special zones and hunting...
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    Doug Leier If you catch a conversation between hunters and hear a reference to HIP, chances are they are discussing the Harvest Information Program and not what their kids or teenage neighbors are into. HIP is a survey method developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a means to...
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    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...
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    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...
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    Buy 3 six packs get free shipping!! These words are music to all waterfowlers' ears. G+H Canada Goose Weather Vane Decoys are the ticket for realism in the field. Simple to set up, light for travel, and they move with the slightest wind always realigning themselves. No more days of getting up...
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    By Doug Leier Sooner or later - most likely later - what feels like spring will arrive. Just looking at the calendar makes that a pretty safe prediction, but I also know that spring is getting closer because of a bump in the volume of calls I get from students and parents looking for guidance...
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    By Doug Leier The NFL season opened a few weeks back with many teams having high expectations for a banner year. Such is the case for the North Dakota waterfowl season, which opens Sept. 25 for residents and Oct. 2 for nonresidents. High expectations, however, are not always realized due to...
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    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...
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    By Doug Leier The next time you find yourself kicking cans in the shop, killing time at the gas station or coffee shop with the crew, I ask you to raise a question about favorite ducks. No doubt the wood duck would garner a share of votes, and the pintail has subtle grace and definition--that...
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    By Doug Leier For almost a decade, migratory bird hunters have had to get HIP. No, not the "hip," that loosely means "aware" or "fashionable" according the Webster's Dictionary, but HIP, as in registered with the Harvest Information Program. What is HIP? HIP is a survey method developed by...
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    By PJ Maguire I have often been asked what I enjoy the pursuit of most: ducks or geese. It is a difficult question for a person who would prefer to spend his time scanning the skyline above decoys for waterfowl. For me, I cut my teeth hunting ducks at my family's lake cabin with my dad and...
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    By Doug Leier Even if you're not a duck hunter, I think you'll appreciate what thousands of duck hunters across the prairie are doing this fall. It's about as simple a task as you can make it, and much of the time they don't get enough credit for how they've contributed to the good of the...
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