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    by Doug Leier Just about this time last year, the North Dakota legislature was working through a bill that would raise fees for many of the state's hunting and fishing licenses. Eventually, Senate Bill 2231 passed the state senate overwhelmingly by a 39-6 vote, and the house followed suit...
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    by Doug Leier Most North Dakota hunters probably aren't thinking much about the Private Land Open to Sportsmen (PLOTS) program right now, but late winter is a busy time for the people who are responsible for the annual PLOTS guide printed in late August each year. As a little refresher...
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    by Doug Leier One of the most interesting facets of being an outreach biologist is the variety of work involved. A few weeks back I assisted with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's mid-winter waterfowl survey, as I've done in the past, and which biologists across the nation do each...
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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 For as often as I hear people lament the electronic age we live in, there's always a flip side. While I'll never spend more time looking at my phone than at a bobber, I'll also never intentionally leave the phone at home either, because it provides nearly instant emergency...
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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 Looking ahead to 2014, it's hard not to get excited, or stay excited, about the excellent fishing prospects that lie ahead for North Dakota. None of us who are anglers today have ever lived through a time when the state has had more fishing waters than it does right now. Many...
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    by Doug Leier My short-term memory is sharp enough to recall that the 2013 winter lasted a little too long for my liking, and unless April cross-country skiing or snowmobiling are a draw, I'd suggest ice anglers had plenty of time from last December through March to give way to spring...
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    by Doug Leier For years, North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists have stressed the importance of habitat in maintaining healthy wildlife populations in the long term. At the recent round of Game and Fish advisory board meetings, that topic got a lot of emphasis, and brought to light...
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    by Doug Leier I'm pretty certain my wife and kids tire of my stories from "back in the day" or "how things used to be." More often than not, it's a discussion about how technology and electronic advances keep people from getting outside, or the capability to visit with new "friends" while...
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    by Doug Leier In 2013, North Dakota has fewer deer licenses than in any year since 1983, and anyone who was lucky enough to receive a license can only have one for the deer gun season. That's a big change from even five years ago when the state allocated more than twice as many licenses as...
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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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    by Doug Leier Most everyone who hunts in North Dakota, whether they actually hunt deer or not, knows the opening day for deer gun season is Friday, Nov. 8. I'd also venture to guess that unless you were one of the four hunters who have a North Dakota bighorn sheep license for this fall, or if...
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    by Doug Leier State Game and Fish Department biologists conduct a variety of studies every year. The familiar ones are those that provide counts or indexes that factor into season setting and limits, and also set hunter and angler expectations. Sometimes, it's fairly obvious why fish or game...
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    by Doug Leier With all the archery deer hunting activity and the coming spike with deer gun season, it's a good time to remind hunters of specific regulations on transporting deer and other big game. Keep in mind, these are specific to North Dakota and with the mobility of hunters taking the...
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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 While it feels like spring should soon begin taking hold across North Dakota the fact of the matter is you'd be really depressed if you counted how many day's it is until 4th of July or even the start of school in August and we're not even into April yet. It's a testament to how...
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