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    It's mosquito season again, and vector control is already out in search of the breeding grounds of these annoying little pests. However, during summer there is one itch that is even less fun to scratch than a mosquito bite. For the second time in four years, I have managed to pick up a case of...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The nice thing about mosquito season is that there is no limit. Unfortunately there isn't much meat on the little buggers. Furthermore, in January here in the upper Midwest, I almost find myself longing to hear the buzzing of these pests in my ear during the humid...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson As the boat came up out of the water and I tightened the stern strap to secure the trusty Grumman for the ride back into town, I felt it. Maybe it was the odor of freshly cut grain mixed with the smell of dying algae. Perhaps it was the wispy cirrus clouds...
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    By Doug Leier I'm not sure who's credited with saying, "The right tools in the wrong hands can't fix anything," but when it comes to the Worldwide Web, I find myself frequently nodding my head in agreement with that statement. Here's my rub: The Web has made communication and ease of...
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    By Doug Leier As winter wears on, a few recent news items give reason to pause and ponder. Rather than keep opinions to myself, here's a snippet of frozen tundra topics that have crossed my desk, entered my email, been brought up in meetings, on the phone or at the coffee shop. ALUS...
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    By Doug Leier For most of us, the road traveled matters little once we've arrived at our destination. Seldom do we realize - or appreciate - while beginning a pheasant hunt across the prairie, the time and energy it took to provide access to a public hunting spot. When you get to spend a...
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    By Doug Leier In coming weeks we'll be flooded with news about upcoming hunting season projections. Fall flight forecasts for waterfowl and results from upland game brood surveys will pique the interest of hunters and wildlife managers alike. Along the way, from crow season which began in...
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    By Doug Leier I've spent every autumn in the field since I was old enough to walk. Even before I was ready to handle a firearm, I had my BB gun at my side as dad and his crew walked the prairies chasing sharp-tailed grouse in September. As a three-foot tall grade school kid I struggled...
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    By Doug Leier If you've read this column with any frequency you know I'm a huge fan of North Dakota, specifically the outdoors. This time of year so many of the state's wildlife species take center stage that it's hard to pick a favorite. While a lot of people will think of pronghorn...
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    By Doug Leier Variety is the spice of life … outdoors. And we have a lot of it in North Dakota. Often lost among the ducks, bucks, roosters and honkers that get most of the attention are many autumn opportunities that are largely overlooked by the masses, but are appreciated and...
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    By Doug Leier When you think of eagles, what image does your mind generate? For most people, I bet it's an image of a powerful soaring bald eagle, probably with a water and blue-sky backdrop. Anybody envision a golden eagle, perched on a North Dakota badlands' cliff? Probably not. That's the...
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    By Doug Leier Pheasants, ducks, geese, deer and other game animals get much of the wildlife press in North Dakota, but if publicity was based on numbers alone, the state's "other" wildlife would capture the headlines more frequently. Biologists categorize more than 80 percent of North Dakota's...
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    By Doug Leier As spring gradually thaws the frozen tundra and ice on area lakes becomes mush, I can count on a couple of things. First, I'll be itching to hear the first song of a western meadowlark. No matter in which part of North Dakota I live, the meadowlark is my quintessential sign that...
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    By Doug Leier Have you ever been starving? Not the "I missed lunch and I'm hungry," kind of starving, but the kind that would force you to withstand sub-zero temperatures and scratching through drifts of snow and into the frozen tundra for a meal. Sometimes, that's what it takes for North...
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    There is a great piece of history located right here in North Dakota that until recently, I really knew nothing about. A year ago, outdoor writer Curt Wells called to ask me some questions about goose hunting along the Missouri River. He was tasked to write a segment on ND and the Lewis & Clark...
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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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    By Doug Leier Last week I spent some time looking at fisheries issues and possible changes for 2006 and beyond. Now it's time to look at recent hunting seasons and what might lie ahead in the next year. Mountain Lions North Dakota's first ever mountain lion season runs through March 12 or...
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