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    North Dakota's pheasant season is just around the corner, but before we take a look at the prospects for hunters on opening day, let's glance in the rear view mirror for a recent historical recap. Last year, about 85,000 resident and nonresident hunters bagged about 590,000 roosters. That was...
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    Even with reduced deer gun hunting opportunities the past several years, I'll still argue that deer hunting is king in North Dakota in terms of popularity. More than 70,000 prospective hunters continue to apply for regular deer gun season licenses, maintaining the popularity of deer hunting even...
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    Most hunters don't apologize if their conversations drift to the coming fall hunting season while they are still enjoying summer fishing, camping or one of many other outdoor activities. We're prone to keeping one eye on the bobber and another on the calendar while our imagination ponders what...
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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 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 Parallels are often drawn between sports and the outdoors because it sometimes helps to look at situations from different perspectives. Each season it seems, begins with promise, hope and optimism, along with predictions and prognostications. It's a scenario that applies to your...
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    Doug Leier With more than 175 WMAs in North Dakota, land management is essential. For most of us, the road traveled matters little once we've arrived at our destination. Seldom do we realize - or appreciate - when beginning a pheasant hunt across the prairie, the time and energy it takes...
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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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    By Doug Leier Many animals have adaptations that help them get through winter, but in some years even those natural defenses are not a sure hedge against death. Some have thick winter coats, and their metabolism slows down. Bears hibernate. Sharp-tailed grouse have feathers out to their toes...
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    Doug Leier Throughout the years I've been writing, I've continued to highlight the Conservation Reserve Program, and for good reason. It's not by sheer accident that North Dakota's wildlife populations have experienced a contemporary revival that rivals most hunters' recollections of "the good...
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    By Doug Leier Even though I couldn't squeak more than a "C" out of college calculus, I've always enjoyed thinking through complex questions. It's the easy ones that sometimes seem to trip me up. And in my position as a State Game and Fish Department outreach biologist, and as a district game...
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    By Nick Simonson It's December, it's cold, it's tough going in the field. But somehow, as the season wears on, I find myself out there, still grinding away, searching for a last chance bird or deer with a never-give-up attitude I hoped I'd have at this time of year, way back in October as I...
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    By Doug Leier When it comes to winter and wildlife, we give much time and attention to pheasants and deer. While I won't begrudge the attention for arguably the two most popular hunted species in North Dakota, there's a host of other critters working their way through winter with us as well...
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    By Nick Simonson When temperatures drop below freezing, my thoughts generally turn to ice fishing. My wife's thoughts on the other hand, turn to ways to keep me from testing the newly-formed surface of local waters. And as we usually do in our marriage, we have reached a nice compromise on...
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    By Doug Leier For those of us who like to spend as much time as possible on the outside of the window, October is a sort of early Christmas present. Hunting seasons for just about everything are open, and fall fishing can be just as hot as summer, but without humidity and mosquitoes. While...
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    By Doug Leier Whether we like it or not, it's part of human nature to take for granted things that become part of our lives or benefit us over the long term. The only way we can truly appreciate the value of what we have, is to have less of it. In the outdoor world, the U.S. Department of...
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    By Doug Leier With the Vikings into training camp, regardless of who plays quarterback for the Purple this fall, most experts agree it should be a good season. The same goes for North Dakota's primary gamebird species this fall. That said, there's no guarantee and we really won't know until...
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    By Doug Leier While it won't become official until the annual small game hunting proclamation is finalized later this month, it's a certainty that North Dakota will not have a sage grouse season again this fall. This will mark the third year in a row that the state has not had an open season on...
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    By Doug Leier I've always been intrigued by numbers and the dynamics of statistics. While the numbers themselves, if they are accurate, are more or less facts, the factors contributing to those final statistics are where the real fun comes in. Consider, for instance, last fall's deer and...
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    By Doug Leier Growing up as a kid in the 1980s, across the prairie from Williston to LaMoure and Valley City, December was a time of transition in our house. After the close of regular deer rifle season, the collection of my Dad's gear in the "ready" position shifted from primarily hunting, to...
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