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    Several decades ago, the state legislature created an advisory board for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. One of the results of that is that each fall and spring, advisory board members host public meetings in their district. These public meetings provide citizens with an opportunity...
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    Throughout the last 20-plus years, since the drought-busting summer of 1993, many fishing waters in North Dakota have had fish populations that peaked, declined and then peaked even higher. Length limits can harm a fish population, and needlessly restrict angler opportunity if the regulation...
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    One of the more common questions asked of any Game and Fish employee, whether it's over the phone, through friends, via email, or at the grocery store, is: "How do you get a job as a game warden?" The next test to become a North Dakota Game and Fish Warden is on July 17, 2015 I get...
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    The late Dean Hildebrand, North Dakota Game and Fish Department director from 1996 through 2005, had a number of quotes that typically connected his small town North Dakota roots to the management of hunting, fishing and conservation in the state of North Dakota. One of those that is...
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    By Doug Leier Every so often I catch myself with a few pieces of news and notes that might not generate a full column, but are worthy of passing along as reminders. Here's what I've got for you this week. Tracking North Dakota Legislation The ND Game and Fish Department has initiated a...
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    By Doug Leier Most hunting seasons wrapped up with the Jan. 4 closure of small game and archery deer seasons. While those coveted opening days are now more than half a year away, it's never too early to start looking ahead to fall 2015. These dates are tentative until made official by...
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    By Doug Leier Some years in mid-January, ice fishing is just getting into full swing. But that's certainly not the case this winter. Because of a prolonged cold spell that hit right after the deer opener, some folks have been on the ice since before Thanksgiving. On the other hand, many...
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    By Doug Leier Leading off with, "It seems like yesterday," is a pretty good qualifier to acknowledge I'm not a kid anymore. If you'd like to be a Game and Fish Warden, the next entrance exam takes place on December 29 in Bismarck Fact is, it's been 20 years since I took my final college...
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    By Doug Leier Every fall, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meetings, which typically start the day after deer gun season ends, are a forum to talk deer hunting. Deer management in North Dakota will likely be a topic of interest at upcoming Game and Fish advisory...
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    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. North Dakota's 2014 deer season opens up Nov 7, 2014 You must obtain an application for a duplicate license from the...
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    By Doug Leier As North Dakota gives pause to acknowledge its 125th anniversary of statehood, much will be made of its history, and thoughts of how the state will age into the future. During the early years of statehood people often hunted for their daily meals, but recognized the pursuit as...
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    By Doug Leier The popularity of North Dakota's Private Land Open to Sportsmen program has created somewhat of an expectation for hunters. While PLOTS acres and other public access areas are popular with North Dakota hunters, those who want to broaden their opportunities will work to...
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    By Doug Leier I've learned through watching, listening and observing my kids how routine questions can often perplex adults. It's easy to just brush it off with a quick reply of "I don't know" or some other redirection response. Banding data is useful in measuring hunting pressure and...
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    By Doug Leier My job as an outreach biologist is everything from working with local media and civic and school groups, to checking on possible fish kills, and even surveillance of moose or other critters in places we'd rather not have them. Researchers weigh a fawn after fitting it with a...
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    By Doug Leier With fall hunting seasons rolling out almost every week now since Labor Day weekend, I field, hear and read many discussions on rules, regulations, poaching and "what if" scenarios. Sometimes they're as simple as what to do or who to call if you witness something suspicious, like...
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    By Doug Leier As a life-long resident of North Dakota, I take pride in knowing that hunters contribute more to our outdoor heritage than just license dollars. This fall, Game and Fish will send 1,000 survey packets to pheasant hunters and 600 to sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge...
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    By Doug Leier Like a lot of people my age and older, my early impression of a wildlife professional was the Marlon Perkins/Jim Fowler "Wild Kingdom" type who millions of people got to see working directly with wild animals in exotic places. The Game and Department relies heavily on 50 or so...
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