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    By Doug Leier On a morning not long ago, my kids woke up begging, and it wasn't the usual quest for Cheerios or to crawl in bed with mom. The dawn-breaking whines were designed to encourage a fishing trip. Specifically, they wanted to catch bullheads. Understand that Joe is 4 and Kaitlyn...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Big things start out small, and many area youth have recently had a chance to see just where such colossal fish such as the northern pike, walleye and jumbo perch get a jump start on life. On April 24, 2006, as part of the Barnes County Wildlife/US Fish and...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson As I shuffled down the rain-soaked bank I paused and swore something was following me. I took another step and heard the grass rustle behind me. I slowly looked back over my shoulder, expecting to see a mountain lion, an angry mother goose or at least a muskrat...
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    By Doug Leier I learn something new everyday, even if I don't want to. It's part of life. Sometimes, I realize that what I thought was fact, is not. Other times, when I think I have something figured out, it turns out I'm way off base. As I said, that's just the way life is. And the...
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    By Doug Leier The fishing fun never ends in North Dakota, where except for a few specific situations, the season never officially closes. March 31, however, marked the expiration date of the 2005-06 fishing license, so starting April 1 a new fishing license is required. If you haven't done so...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson "Putting together the fishing pieces of the puzzle" Fishing, no matter how good a person gets at it, is still the grandest puzzle of all. There are so many elements that have to be put into place such as weather, season, bait, lures, and so on. When looked at in...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson I met Ted late last March at the rapidly melting mud-covered boat launch on a small lake in LaMoure County. He was a fellow of about fifty or so, with a slight accent leading me to believe he wasn't from North Dakota; though he did possess a lot of knowledge...
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    By Doug Leier Fishing, and the rules, regulations and prospects surrounding it, was a major topic at this fall's round of North Dakota Game and Fish Department Advisory Board meetings. That's as it should be, as 2006 is an even-numbered year, and that means a new fishing proclamation is in...
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    By Nick Simonson I've made a list and checked it twice, and last year it turned out to be pretty nice. In what has become a recent year-end tradition I assembled and updated the list of the various species of fish which I have caught since I first started fishing. In this past year, I...
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    By Doug Leier I hung up the phone on a Sunday evening and thought to myself. Is it really this easy to enjoy a day of bass fishing? Planning the morning excursion I called Nick and he assured me all I needed was a supply of quarter-ounce jigs and assorted colors of twister tails. Gradually...
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    By Doug Leier North Dakota has its share of variety for anglers. Catfishing on the Red River, paddlefishing on the Yellowstone and Missouri, walleye at Lake Sakakawea and perch at Devils Lake are among the more well-known adventures, but every locale seems to have a unique fishing hole that...
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    By Doug Leier When I go fishing, I'm a hook and bobber kind of a guy. While I've used downriggers, depth finders and detailed contour maps over the years, they don't help me much and I've always been a low-impact type of angler. While I typically get along with simple tackle for fishing -...
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    By Doug Leier If you're planning a summer fishing excursion in North Dakota, I'm here to help. On any given day, if I were to wager, I'd bet most anglers would have fresh walleye fillets in mind, except perhaps for some winter days when perch might climb the ladder of preferred species. For...
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    By Doug Leier Did you realize North Dakota's fishing season opened April 1? Actually, that's not quite true, as North Dakota's fishing season is never closed, but April 1 does mark the need to purchase a new license, which is valid until March 31, 2006. While I'm at it, there's no easier way...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Every so often, technology revolutionizes the way we communicate, and one such innovation of recent note is growing not only a large subscriber base but also encouraging people to put themselves out there: providing tips, stories and news in all arenas. From...
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    By Doug Leier I grew up without cable television and was never really into video games. We had about three television channels and seldom watched much for that matter. In the mid-1980s video games were just taking off, and thankfully the quarter required pay to play was not really easy to pry...
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    By Doug Leier When your hunting and fishing skills are comparable to those of Captain Kangaroo, you need all the help you can get. One tool that doesn't come via mail order or credit card swipe is the solunar tables listed in many magazines and newspaper outdoors sections. Like most people...
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    By Doug Leier Humans are humans, and animals are ... not human. And yet, in so many movies, television programs and books, animals are given characteristics such as human speech, movement and emotion, that it's hard for some people to separate the entertainment world from the real world. For...
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    By Doug Leier I'm a big fan of spring cleaning, as it helps pass the time between a late winter cold snap and those never-long-enough flirtations with 50-degree days. Even before the last snow melts, I'll be busy preparing for spring. But before you think I'm ruining the reputation of...
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    By PJ Maguire Last semester I had a talk with one of my professors, Dr. Patton at the University of North Dakota, about class and applying what I learn to real life situations. Anyone that has ever received an education at UND and taken a class with Patton knows that he teaches through...
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