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    By Doug Leier Over the last five years or so, I've written many times that we are living in an era that most anyone else with an outdoors interest will remember as the good old days, at least as far as hunting goes. As I look back at the last 12 months, it seems that 2007 will still fall...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson It has been said that luck is just an excuse for bad fishing. That's mostly true. If one knows the seasons, the species and the patterns that result when the two cross, fishing success, or at least a couple fish here and there, isn't tough to come by...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Smallies on orange jigs and crappies on minnows, Waking up to the lake sitting calm out the windows, Shore lunch fillets as the hot oil sings, These are a few of my favorite things. Black striped largemouth and polka-dot gators, Fishing spring walleye in holey green...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Each November, I assemble the best photos of my fishing trips throughout the region. I then upload the top twelve to the photo site Snapfish.com and make a calendar for my parents and grandmothers as a Christmas present. While showing the 2007 edition to one...
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    By Doug Leier Summer outdoor safety is more than applying sunscreen before you head outdoors and wearing a seatbelt as you travel. In this day and age it's a habit for most of us to secure ourselves with a seatbelt after entering a vehicle. Sunscreen protection is routine. So why is it...
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    By Doug Leier I could try to tell you how to catch whopper walleye, but my advice would be about as reliable as suggestions for chess strategy. I could also pass along the latest tips for limiting out on pike, but that too would be a farce. Five years ago I caught a 38-inch pike, but it was...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson It was a heavy Tuesday morning; the air was a humid blanket over the dew-soaked grass. There wasn't a breath of wind according to the neighbor's flag. Storms were brewing on the southwestern horizon, and I hoped to get some fishing in before work. I had walked the...
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    By Doug Leier A few months ago I wrote about the expanding concern regarding aquatic nuisance species and their current and potential impact in North Dakota waters. While North Dakota doesn't yet have ANS as significant as, say, zebra mussels in the Great Lakes, unwanted plants and animals...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson It never fails. There's that walleye-like tap at the end of the line, and the sensation of a fish swimming off with the bait. I tighten up the slack in the line, drop the rod tip and gently sweep the rod. Two fillets coming right up; but when the line starts to...
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    By Doug Leier Every day we are bombarded with information about websites. But a lot of it is good information. Websites are a great tool to learn more about a specific company or topic. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department website is no exception. While access to the Internet is an...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson As the snow has melted away - once, twice, and now for the third time this spring - sportsmen are able to get out on area shorelines for some great early season fishing. What they are often confronted with on the trip is a reminder of how uncivilized we are as a...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The fisherman's dictionary defines the word "boat" as a hole in the water into which money is thrown. Similar to a hunting dog, the price paid for a boat is rarely reflected in the purchase. There's winterizing, summerizing, trailer repairs, motor tune ups, depth...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Lighten up! If I had a nickel for every time I've been told that I'd be a rich man. However, there is one time no one has to tell me to lighten up and that is when I am angling for panfish, trout and finicky bass. The allure of light tackle angling is...
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    By Doug Leier Lakes and reservoirs in North Dakota are like a trusty shotgun - when you find one you like, it stands to reason you'll make every effort to keep it working as long as possible. But you also understand there may come a time when the gun just might not perform like it did in its...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Why do you fish? Now that is a question with as many answers as there are people to ask it to. And it is likely that anglers will have more than one response when posed with such an inquiry. I was asked this question recently, and all I could come up with (to my...
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    By Chris Hustad Our evening scouting run started just minutes after we got off the highway. We spotted a flock of snow geese on the horizon, and then another, and another and another. The flock extended for quite a distance, with every bird pointing west/southwest towards a damp cornfield that...
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    By Doug Leier I subscribe to the theory that the only sure-fire guarantee to enjoying your time outdoors is to stay legal and safe. Didn't bag a deer? No fish in the live well? Returning safely from your outing, and yearning for the next trip outdoors, should ease your mind to some degree...
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    By Doug Leier Growing up in North Dakota, I was no stranger to the outdoors and all that accompanies exploring the nooks, brooks and crannies. My outdoor explorations included fish, ducks, deer, camping, hiking and just about any other activity possible. I enjoyed - and still do - spending...
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    By Doug Leier I'm a casual, low impact angler. I have never caught a fish that would qualify me to receive a Whopper patch from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Seldom do I catch a limit, or even a fish to keep. It doesn't bother me to put a worm on a hook and watch a bobber float...
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    By Doug Leier Few words evoke more negative connotations in the angling world than carp, though I suspect in these parts that cormorant might come in a close second. It seems we're an angling community that has come to hold certain species as desirable, and any threat to those . well, let's...
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